The Port of the Port Hedland and the businesses linked to it are key economic drivers for the town. Modelling by economic forecaster ACIL Allen Consulting for PHIC found that in 2018/19, the Port and its supply chain account for 44 per cent of all jobs in the town.
That equates to nearly 3600 jobs. For every full-time job directly employed by the Port and the companies that trade through the Port, a further two full-time jobs are created in other parts of the town’s economy.
The Port and its supply chain paid almost $500 million in wages and salaries to resident workers in 2018/19. This money flows through the community – supporting businesses that employ thousands of people in Port Hedland and providing for the town’s long-term growth and sustainability.