Living in Western Australia
Regional Western Australia
Tax, superannuation and the pension
Phone, mail and emergency services
The Commonwealth Government’s health care system (Medicare) covers all Australian citizens, permanent residents and citizens of New Zealand for free.
It also covers subsidised treatment by health professionals and hospital care. More information is available from the Department of Human Services website.
WA Health is Western Australia’s public health system. Visit their Services search page to access health and community services provided by WA Health (and some services offered by others). Services include:
hospitals (public and private);
community health services;
Aboriginal health services;
mental health services;
public health services;
disaster preparedness management;
alcohol and drug services;
child health; and
Temporary visa holders should arrange private health insurance before their arrival in Australia. Restricted access to Medicare is available to some temporary visa holders from countries where Australia has a reciprocal health care agreement.
To compare private health funds and find further information for visitors and temporary residents, visit the PrivateHealth.gov.au website.
The Commonwealth Government provides an income tested rebate to help people meet the cost of private health insurance. For more information, visit the Department of Health website.
Launch of new Settlement Services Orientation videos
Settlement Services is pleased to announce the launch of the Orientation online videos. These series of online videos offer support to newly arrived skilled migrants and their families to help them establish their lives in Western Australia. These videos provide a range of useful information from finances, transportation to playgroups and schooling. You can access the videos on the Settlement Services page or here.