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​​​​​​​​​Small businesses account for 95 per cent of all businesses in the State and employ around a third of its labour force.

Most small businesses in Western Australia are in the following industries:

  • construction;

  • agriculture, forestry and fishing;

  • finance and insurance services;

  • transport, postal and warehousing; and

  • retail trade.

There are three ways you can own a business in Western Australia.

 

Buy a business

Buying an established business can mean a big commitment in time, money and energy. Read the important points to consider on the
Small Business Development Corp​oration website​ before you decide to buy a business.

 

Buy a franchise

Franchising is when you use another firm’s successful business model for your independently owned outlet. Read more about buying a franchise on the
Small Business Development Corporation​ website​.

 

Start a business

Instead of buying a pre-existing business, you may want to start your own. There is much more involved in starting a new business rather than buying an existing business (with proven cash flow and profits). Carefully read the
Small Business Development Corporation information to make sure this option is for you.

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
Built in 1913, the Sun Outdoor Picture Theatre in Broome is the world’s longest running outdoor cinema.