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Western Australia has an innovative mindset that has sparked projects and initiatives across world-leading industries such as energy, mining and technology, space, defence, health and medical sciences, primary industries, education, tourism, events and the arts.

​​​​Mining and resources

The Western Australian economy is largely dominated by the mining and resources sector. Western Australia’s land is like no other, rich with resources (iron-ore, gold, natural gas and diamonds) that are mined, processed and exported all over the world.​

Western Australia has the largest concentration of global resource companies in Australia with companies like BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, FMG and Woodside located in Perth.


Western Australia boasts vast expanses of land with unique flora and fauna, and beautiful waterways. 

The State produces several products for Australia and the international export market:

  • wheat, barley and other grains;

  • wool, lamb and beef;

  • seafood (western rock lobsters, prawns, crabs, shark and tuna); and

  • wine.


The manufacturing of mined resources (engineering metals, shipbuilding, petrol and diesel) form a large proportion of this industry.

Food manufacturing and processing from the agricultural industry contribute strongly to the economy.


As Australia's largest state, Western Australia is home to a diverse range of landscapes, wildlife and culinary experiences.


Tourists can head north to discover dramatic red coastline, the world's largest fringing reef and stunning wilderness, or south for exquisite wine, magnificent surf and swimming beaches, and tall tree forests.


Perth is an appealing destination with welcoming people, magnificent scenery and unique natural attractions. 


Western Australia is home to top-rated education institutions with more than 125 high-quality education providers including schools, colleges, pathway providers, English language institutions and universities (our five universities are ranked in the top 40 worldwide in many subjects).


Perth looks forward to welcoming international students in to the Western Australian community, which has an increasingly multicultural community. Perth has been ranked in the top 30 in the world for best student mix.




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
The Super Pit in Kalgoorlie produces up to 850 000 ounces (over 24 090 kilograms) of gold every year and its operation far outweighs that of any other mining centre in ...