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
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.