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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
​Current State nomination criteria and Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL) to remain in place while under review

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is conducting a review of the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL).

While this review is underway, the current 201516 State nomination criteria and WASMOL will remain in place until further notice.

Visit the Western Australian skilled migra​tion occupation list​​ page to view the current criteria and WASMOL.
Fun Fact
Some of the first white settlers saw a strange animal hopping along. They asked the Aborigines what it was called and were told, ‘Kanguru’, which means ‘I don't know’.