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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
25 September 2018

New graduate stream for State nomination now available

A new graduate stream is now available for Western Australian State nomination.

The new stream is available to eligible university graduates who have studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university, and have an available occupation on the new Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass.

Visit the State nomination requirements page for more information and the full list of requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for this stream.
Fun Fact
The length of the Western Australian border with the Northern Territory and South Australia is 1862 km.