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Image of typical Perth house
 

​​​​Buying or renting a property

In Western Australia, you can buy a property under a process of offer and acceptance. You can also purchase property by auction. The median purchase price for property in the Perth metropolitan area was $516 000* in June 2018 with the median rent for a three bedroom house around $335* a week.

For market information and to find out what’s happening currently in the property market in Perth and regional Western Australia – including prices on specific suburbs and regional areas, advice on purchasing property and properties for sale or rent – visit the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia website​.

You’ll be able to view key facts about the suburbs, such as how close they are to schools, public transport and shopping centres, so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you and your family.

You can also look for online versions of major newspapers such as The West Australian, The Sunday Times and WA Today, and search property rental and sale listings.

You can get extra information and advice on renting from the
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website​. You can also view their Property renting guides and videos page​ which has videos in a range of languages.

If you already have a job lined up before you arrive, your employer may be able to help you find temporary accommodation.

*Information sou​​rced from the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia website​.​

​​​​Insurance

If you rent a property, you may wish to insure the contents of your home. The landlord of the property is responsible for insuring the structure of the house but you have responsibility for your own belongings within it.

If you own a property, you may wish to insure both home and contents which will (depending on your selected cover) insure both the structure of the house and contents within it. ​

News

Welcome news for international students – Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration program expanded to include VET graduates

The Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program provides a skilled migration pathway for international students graduating from university in Western Australia.  From December 2019, the Graduate stream has been extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above. 

The Graduate stream is also more accessible for international students:

studies in higher education, VET (Certificate III level and above) and/or English language courses for overseas students (ELICOS) studies all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.

Graduates need to demonstrate either six months' work experience in Australia OR a six month employment contract in Western Australia, but not both.  Previously international students needed to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List (GOL) and updated eligibility criteria are now available.  

For more information on the changes to the Graduate stream, visit the Graduate stream requirements page.

The criteria for the General stream of the State Nomination Migration Program  will remain the same; however the Western Australian State Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) has been updated. 

Fun Fact
Western Australia is three and a half times as big as Texas (USA) and the British Isles would fit into it six times.