Regionalisations of Western Australia
are systems by which Western Australia
is divided into distinct geographic regions
. The most commonly known regionalisation is the governmental division of the state into regions for economic development purposes.
Others regionalisations include those made for purposes of land management, such as agriculture or conservation; information gathering, such as statistical or meteorological.
Although most regionalisations were defined for specific purposes and give specific boundaries, many regions will have similar names and extents across different regionalisations. As a result, the names and boundaries of regions can vary in popular usage. There are nine regions.
The Regional Development Commissions Act regionalisation
The most widely known regionalisation of Western Australia is the one defined by the State Government
for purposes of economic development administration. Together, these constitute the whole of mainland Western Australia, with the exception of the Perth
metropolitan area which is not contained in a region.
These regions were established by the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993
, which defined their extents and established Regional Development Commissions to promote their economic development. In defining the regions, an attempt was made to capture distinct socio-economic communities. For example, the Goldfields-Esperance
region of Western Australia has an economy based heavily on mining, whereas the Wheatbelt
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