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Image of the Kimberley region
 

​​​​​​​​​​​​From white sandy beaches in the north, lush vineyards and forests in the south west to the arid red dirt of the outback, there is a vast variety of landscapes in regional Western Australia.

Living in a regional area is popular due to the peaceful and relaxed lifestyle matched with services, infrastructure, shopping and entertainment.
There are nine regional areas in Western Australia:

 

Key statistics

​Region

Land mass (square km)

​Population*

Unemployment rate​​

​Perth4 478​1 899 753​5.4%
Gascoyne135 074​
​9 9598.9%
​Goldfields-Esperance​769 701​61 3335.3%
Great Southern​38 91459 935​3.8%
​Kimberley419 558​39 099​12.9%
​Mid West​466 830​58 183​7.1%
​Peel5 520​128 798​7.4%
​Pilbara505 87067 503​
​3.1%
South West
​23 969174 0524.3%
​​Wheatbelt156 661​​74 7743.7%

*Figures sourced from ABS CAT 3218.0
Last modified: 15/12/2015

News

Welcome news for international students – Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration program expanded to include VET graduates

The Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program provides a skilled migration pathway for international students graduating from university in Western Australia.  From December 2019, the Graduate stream has been extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above. 

The Graduate stream is also more accessible for international students:

studies in higher education, VET (Certificate III level and above) and/or English language courses for overseas students (ELICOS) studies all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.

Graduates need to demonstrate either six months' work experience in Australia OR a six month employment contract in Western Australia, but not both.  Previously international students needed to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List (GOL) and updated eligibility criteria are now available.  

For more information on the changes to the Graduate stream, visit the Graduate stream requirements page.

The criteria for the General stream of the State Nomination Migration Program  will remain the same; however the Western Australian State Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) has been updated. 

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