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Image of the Kimberley region
 

​​​​​​​​​​​​From white sandy beaches in the north, lush vineyards and forests in the south west to the arid red dirt of the outback, there is a vast variety of landscapes in regional Western Australia.

Living in a regional area is popular due to the peaceful and relaxed lifestyle matched with services, infrastructure, shopping and entertainment.
There are nine regional areas in Western Australia:

 

Key statistics

​Region

Land mass (square km)

​Population*

Unemployment rate​​

​Perth4 478​1 899 753​5.4%
Gascoyne135 074​
​9 9598.9%
​Goldfields-Esperance​769 701​61 3335.3%
Great Southern​38 91459 935​3.8%
​Kimberley419 558​39 099​12.9%
​Mid West​466 830​58 183​7.1%
​Peel5 520​128 798​7.4%
​Pilbara505 87067 503​
​3.1%
South West
​23 969174 0524.3%
​​Wheatbelt156 661​​74 7743.7%

*Figures sourced from ABS CAT 3218.0
Last modified: 15/12/2015

News


 

 

The WA Government has made changes to its migration program to support skilled workers looking to migrate to Western Australia including increasing occupations eligible for skilled migration in WA by around 60 per cent.

 

New occupations have been added to the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 (WASMOL Schedule 1) and the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 2 (WASMOL Schedule 2).

 

The list of newly available occupations can be found on the WA State Nomination – combined occupation list.  

 

The WA Government has also waived the $200 application fee and has made changes to the requirements for new applicants as of 1 July 2022, including:


Removal of the requirement to demonstrate sufficient funds for WA State nomination.


Reduction in the English requirements for applicants at the Manager and Professional occupation level to the "competent" level of English.


Changes to the document requirements for the WASMOL Schedule 1&2 and the Graduate Occupation lists based on the visa the applicant is being nominated for.

 

The next round of invitations to apply for WA State nomination are anticipated to be issued in the third week of September 2022.

 

 

For more information on the State Nominated Migration Program and the new requirements visit the About State nomination 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’.