The impact of the mining boom on the dining industry in Western Australia
School of Medical and Health Sciences
The purpose of this study is to examine the extent to which high growth in the Western Australia (WA) dining industry from 2004 to 2015-comprising of caf s, restaurants and takeaway food-was caused by the WA mining boom as compared to other factors. The study uses input-output modelling, supplemented with a timely empirical survey, differentiating between regional and metropolitan WA. The study finds that the mining boom accounted for more than half of the dining growth, with the remainder attributable to growth that would have occurred anyway without the mining boom, or to other changing lifestyle factors. The study also examines policy implications in a post mining boom environment and a need is indicated for policies which take advantage of opportunities in non-mining industries, like dining, and which create stable job opportunities.