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​​​Driving in Western Australia

Visit the Department of Transp​ort website​ to find out about:

  • driving on an overseas licence in Western Australia (different rules apply to visitors and permanent residents from overseas); and

  • driver rules, penalties and infringements.

 

Vehicle insurance

Western Australia operates a compulsory third party insurance scheme (TPI), paid as part of your vehicle licensing. This ensures that every vehicle using public roads in Western Australia is insured for third party personal injury. The scheme also covers people injured by uninsured or unidentified vehicles. Visit the
Department of Tran​sport website​ for more information.

You can also purchase various levels of cover from a motor vehicle insurance company so both you and your vehicle are covered in the event of an incident.

 

Public transport

Perth metropolitan area

Perth has a modern, inexpensive public transport system incorporating trains, buses and ferries. There is also a free central area bus service, known as CAT which runs within the Perth central business district (CBD) and the Fremantle and Joondalup city centres.

See the Transp​erth website​ for more information.

 

Regional Western Australia

Most towns offer a local bus service and many schools operate a bus service to pick up and take students home​ each day.

Coaches, buses and some trains travel regularly to and from regional areas. Visit the TransW​A website​ for more information.

 

Air services

Perth’s international and domestic airport is only 12 kilometres from Perth’s CBD.

It is approximately 17 flying hours from London, 15 hours from Frankfurt, 10 hours from Dubai and South Africa, seven hours from Hong Kong and approximately five hours from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

News

Free Skilled Migrant Employment Register now available!

18 July 2022

The new Skilled Migrant Employment Register is a free initiative supporting employers and skilled migrants to connect to build the Western Australian workforce.

Skilled migrants seeking employment can indicate their interest to connect with the Western Australian workforce by completing the registration form. Once registered, de-identified details are published on the Skilled Migrant Employment Register, indicating to employers the interest to gain employment in Western Australia.

Employers have the opportunity to review the Skilled Migrant Employment Register to identify talent that may align with their business needs, and connect with a skilled migrant.

For more information, visit Skilled Migrant Employment Register.

The WA Government's management of COVID-19 has helped keep the state's economy strong and stable. With world class education, healthy job opportunities and strong public health management, there is no better or safer place to live, work and study than WA.


Fun Fact
The Perth Mint is the world's oldest mint still operating from its original premises producing coins and gold products.