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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

Changes to the Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Program

The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) Graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

On 16 October 2019 Premier Mark McGowan announced that the Graduate Stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).  

For information on the current Graduate Stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme requirements visit the State nomination requirements page.

Fun Fact
Western Australia is three and a half times as big as Texas (USA) and the British Isles would fit into it six times.