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​Australia is the sixth largest country in the world (geographically) and Western Australia is its largest state.

Despite its size, the population density is amongst the lowest in the world. Approximately 23 million* people live in Australia and 2.5 million* in Western Australia.

Within Western Australia over 35%* of people were born overseas creating a multicultural environment.

Australia’s cultural diversity is a strength which makes for a dynamic society. Within the framework of Australia’s laws, all people are able to express their culture and beliefs. Other Australian principles and values include:

  • respect for the equal worth, dignity and freedom of the individual;

  • freedom of speech;

  • freedom of religion and secular government;

  • freedom of association;

  • support for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law;

  • equality under the law;

  • equality of men and women;

  • equality of opportunity;

  • peacefulness; and

  • a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces tolerance, mutual respect and compassion for those in need.

 

Birthplaces of people within Western Australia*
(Significant numbers within 2011 Census)

​Birthplace​Percentage of population
​Australia​62.9%
​England​8.9%
​New Zealand​3.2%
​South Africa​1.6%
India​​1.3%
​Scotland​1.2%

*Figures sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics​

News

Invitations to apply for the State Nominated Migration Program resumed in January 2021. Visit the State nomination page for more information.

Fun Fact
Western Australia is the largest Australian state with an area of more than 2 500 000 square km, a 12 500 km coastline and spanning 2 400 km from north to south.