Business English: Australian State Economies

Step 1. Study these key words

  • quarter = three months
  • indicator = a fact, measurement, or condition that shows what something is like or how it is changing
  • dwelling = a house or place to live in
  • unemployment = the number of people who do not have a job
  • outlook = the likely future situation


Step 2. Watch this video and answer the following questions. You may need to watch it more than once

  1. Can you name the 6 Australian states and the 2 territories that are mentioned in this video?
  2. How many indicators are used when ranking Australian states and territories?
  3. Which state is on number one overall in the rankings?
  4. Which state is number 8 in the rankings?
  5. In which 2 key indicators is Victoria number one?
  6. How fast has Queensland's exports grown over the past 12 months?
  7. Is Western Australia last on all the indicators?

Step 3. Discuss these questions with your partner or leave a comment below

  1. Do some regions in your country have a stronger economy than other areas? Why?
  2. What sectors of the economy are strong in your country?
  3. Would you like to study finance or economics? Why?