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​Australia is the sixth largest country in the world (geographically) and Western Australia is its largest state.

Despite its size, the population density is amongst the lowest in the world. Approximately 23 million* people live in Australia and 2.5 million* in Western Australia.

Within Western Australia over 35%* of people were born overseas creating a multicultural environment.

Australia’s cultural diversity is a strength which makes for a dynamic society. Within the framework of Australia’s laws, all people are able to express their culture and beliefs. Other Australian principles and values include:

  • respect for the equal worth, dignity and freedom of the individual;

  • freedom of speech;

  • freedom of religion and secular government;

  • freedom of association;

  • support for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law;

  • equality under the law;

  • equality of men and women;

  • equality of opportunity;

  • peacefulness; and

  • a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces tolerance, mutual respect and compassion for those in need.

 

Birthplaces of people within Western Australia*
(Significant numbers within 2011 Census)

​Birthplace​Percentage of population
​Australia​62.9%
​England​8.9%
​New Zealand​3.2%
​South Africa​1.6%
India​​1.3%
​Scotland​1.2%

*Figures sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics​

News
Orientation sessions for newly arrived skilled migrants

Settlement Services will be hosting free orientation sessions to help you settle more easily into your new life in Western Australia.
Skilled migrants and their families are welcome to attend.
View Settlement Services Events page​ for details.​

Fun Fact
Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.