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Facts and figures

The South West covers an area of nearly 24 000 square kilometres 
(9 266 square miles).

Distance from Bunbury to Perth: 175 km (109 miles)

Higher education: Edith Cowan University (Bunbury); South Regional TAFE; Margaret River Education Campus

Median house price in Bunbury: $516 000 (June 2016)

Health services: Bunbury Hospital; Busselton Health Campus

Other main towns: Busselton, Collie, Manjimup

Climate: Mediterranean

 

The region’s main industry sectors and employers include mining and minerals (coal, alumina, mineral sands); manufacturing (timber products; food and beverage enterprises); building and construction (residential housing developments); tourism (wine regions; surfing; forests); food and agribusiness (primary produce; food and vegetables); wine and viticulture; forestry; fishing and aquaculture; retail and commerce; health; smart and creative industries (boutique artisans; film-makers; visual arts).

The climate in this dynamic, evolving region in the picturesque south western corner of Western Australia is ideal for migrants due to its spectacular nature and diverse employment opportunities.

It is the most popular tourist destination within Western Australia (outside of Perth) with tourists taking weekend breaks from around the State. Lifestyle and thriving employment opportunities available in the region make the South West a popular choice to live and invest in.

With their great sense of community and connectedness and an enviable lifestyle, South West residents rate their region as a safe, family-friendly place to live with its population expected to rise to 217 000 by 2023. It features some of the State’s best beaches, forests, wine regions and national parks.

The city of Bunbury (pop. 75 000) is the commercial and administrative hub of this region.

 

Fun fact!

The world-famous wine growing region of Margaret River is also renowned for its surf beach which hosts the annual Margaret River Pro World Surf League competition.​

Image of the South West region ​

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
The world’s oldest form of living organisms (stromatolites) can be found in Western Australia.