Alice SpringsAlice Springs – the heart of Australia is located almost exactly at the geographical centre of Australia.
Known as “The Alice”, a place where people come to stay for a month, but end up staying forever because of the range of opportunities and rich lifestyle.
It is a modern town with all the facilities and services needed to capably satisfy the industrial, commercial, social and lifestyle needs of its community, and its thousands of visitors each year.
Alice Springs was established as a telegraph station under the original name of Stuart – linking Adelaide and Darwin. A century later it is still a communications and commerce hub, and is now home to a population of approximately 28,000 people
Alice Springs economic profile
Comprising 40% of the Territory’s landmass, the Alice Springs region faces unique challenges in delivering services to a dispersed population of over 40,000 people. The region’s largest centre, the town of Alice Springs, services surrounding mining and Indigenous communities, the Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap and thousands of tourists who come to visit the region’s natural attractions such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Wattarka (Kings Canyon).
In addition to tourism, the principal industries of the region are pastoralism and mining. The region is connected to other regional centres and interstate cities via air, roads and rail services.
From shopping to the arts to sport and recreation, the people of Alice Springs enjoy a range of quality facilities comparable to any town of similar size in Australia. The climate promotes a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and everything is virtually at your front door.
Araluen, which is the performing arts centre, plays host to numerous national and international performers, in addition to active local theatre companies. Local artists enjoy international reputations, especially the traditional and contemporary art created by the many Aboriginal artists within Alice Springs and remote communities.
Alice Springs residents are avid supporters and participants of all football codes, cricket and hockey. The local pool is full Olympic size and we have an 18 hole golf course, with its grass fairways and greens, is rated one of the top ten desert courses in the world. There is a variety of equestrian clubs catering to those who wish to ride and the Alice Springs Turf Club for those who enjoy the live atmosphere of the race track.
Being a desert environment, Central Australia is predominantly dry, with brilliant blue skies especially from April to September. Rainfall usually occurs in the hottest months from October to March bringing welcome relief to the landscape and it’s people.
Alice Springs offers a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary education opportunities.
There are 19 government (public) and non-government (private) schools/colleges, including 2 dedicated to Indigenous students, and 7 pre-schools. There is also a variety of schools providing education in the context of a religious direction.
The Alice Springs School of the Air is available for children in remote areas.
The Alice Springs Campus of the Charles Darwin University is also a multi-sector institution offering courses in TAFE and Higher Education.
The Centre for Appropriate Technology was established in 1980 as part of the (then) Community College of Central Australia, the Centre provides a range of services to encourage and help Aboriginal people enhance their quality of life on remote communities. In doing so, the Centre offers training in a number of trade-based skills as well as researching, developing and making a range of products appropriate to the lifestyle of Aboriginal communities.
Alice Springs has a fully equipped teaching hospital and a range of GPs, dentists and other specialised health services.
Bulk billing (where Australian residents with a Medicare card can receive free treatment from a GP) is not generally available in Alice Springs.
An after hours General Practitioners clinic (ASAP Clinic) operates within the Alice Springs Hospital grounds.
Alice Springs doesn’t have quite the range of fresh foods available in Australia’s big cities, but considering the climate and the distances involved, the local food retailers do pretty well.
There are branches of the two major Australian supermarkets in Alice Springs, and also a number of smaller independents. There are three specialty butchers, two of which fly fresh seafood in twice a week. The supermarkets stock a decent range of in-season fresh produce, and there are also a number of specialist retailers – some of whom grow their produce locally.
Alice Springs offers retail opportunities even the most avid shopper will find inspiring. Alice Springs is a virtually self-contained business community.
The many and varied needs of its residents and thousands of tourists from around Australia and the world are catered for, with everything from fine wine and French pastries to antique furniture and designer fashions. All of the Australian major banks have branches in Alice Springs.
Alice Springs is a place brimming with opportunity, where people not only find work, but create it. The town has a growing population of approximately 27,000 people with a regional labour force of around 13,000.
A high population mobility ensures work is steadily available in tourism, the wholesale and retail trade, community services, public administration, defence and construction sectors.
Around 1600 people are employed in strictly tourism related businesses, those involved in hospitality, travel and visitor services. The wholesale and retail trade employs more than 15 per cent of the workforce. Other major employment groups include recreational and personal services, agriculture, mining, construction, transport, public administration and defence.
Small business makes up one of the largest employment groups. While the mining industry and agriculture sectors are not major employers they are important in terms of revenue generated and multiplier effects through linkages to the service sector.
Visit the Alice Springs Town Council website’s employment page to get information on employment in Alice Springs or to find the contact details of employment agencies in Alice Springs.