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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

Changes to the Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Program

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

On 16 October 2019 Premier Mark McGowan announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).  

For information on the current Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme requirements visit the State nomination requirements page.

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’.