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​​​Facts and figures

The Goldfields–Esperance region covers around 771 276 square kilometres 
(479 248 square miles).

Commercial centres: Kalgoorlie (pop. 33 000); Esperance (pop. 14 480)

Distance from Kalgoorlie to Perth: 600 km (373 miles)

Higher education: Curtin University, Kalgoorlie campus; Central Regional TAFE

Climate: cooler in the south; dry in the centre

 

Situated in the south-eastern corner of Western Australia, this is the largest region in the State. Well known for its great sense of community spirit and its friendly inhabitants, this region has a long, rich association with gold and nickel mining, along with agriculture producing wheat and barley.​

This is the place for you if you want to be close to nature, love the outdoors and want to immerse yourself in unspoilt landscapes and seascapes. You can also experience a vibrant arts scene, great shopping, bars, restaurants and cafes and enjoy sporting activities.

The region offers you a range of employment and business opportunities, including tourism, agriculture, health and mining as well as many trades. It has a reputation for innovation, uniqueness and diversity, with Curtin University delivering vibrant higher education in the dynamic and sophisticated regional centre, 
Kalgoorlie–Boulder, where the median house price is around $295 000.

Retail is the second largest employer followed by manufacturing. Commercial fishing operates mainly along the coastlines of the shires of Ravensthorpe and Esperance. 

Come and experience this great lifestyle for yourself!

 

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) is a Department of Home Affairs program that allows Australian employers in regional Australia to sponsor (nominate) skilled migrants to fill employment vacancies, where there are no local Australians living or wishing to move to the regional area where the nominated position is located.

Employers in regional Australia can nominate skilled migrants to fill a full time vacancy, ongoing for at least two years, where there is a demonstrated and genuine need for a paid employee.

Regional Development Australia  is the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Goldfields–Esperance region. Contact them directly to find out more about the assessment process.

T: +61 8 9091 6051 (from outside Australia)

E: director@rdage.com.au

 

Designated Area Migration Agreement  

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has established a Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the Department of Home Affairs. This agreement has its own occupation list providing employers in the region with access to a broader range of skilled workers, utilising the labour agreement stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) and the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).

The Western Australian Government is not formally involved in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder DAMA. Employers in this region should contact the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder for further information.

T: +61 8 9021 9600 (from outside Australia)

E: mailbag@ckb.wa.gov.au

 

Fun fact!

The Nullarbor Plain and the Eyre Highway offer one of the world’s greatest road adventures, connecting Norseman in WA to Ceduna in South Australia. The longest straight road in the world stretches across the southernmost part of the Nullarbor Plain.​

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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
Perth has the largest inner city park in the world – Kings Park. Yes, bigger even than New York's Central Park!