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​Facts and figures

The Great Southern covers 39 007 square kilometres (15 060 square miles) with
250 km (155 miles) bordering the Southern Ocean.

Distance from Albany to Perth: 389 km (242 miles)

Higher education: The Albany Centre; University of Western Australia; South Regional TAFE

Other main towns: Denmark, Katanning, Kojonup, Mount Barker

Health services: Albany Health Campus​


 

Most of the population in this region with its rugged coastline, tall timber forests and clean, safe environment lives in the historic port city of Albany on the southern coast of Western Australia. And with a median house price of around $540 000, 
it’s an ideal place for making a new home in WA.

​Other towns such as Denmark and Mount Barker are equally idyllic.

You’ll find the people in this neck of the woods friendly and welcoming. It’s no wonder that it’s the destination of choice for many skilled migrants in the professional, trades and services sectors.

​The stunning scenery is a great attraction in itself especially for those of you who appreciate nature. With a rich variety of flora and fauna in the rugged Porongurup and Stirling Ranges, the natural sweeping views and the serene beauty of the seascape and landscape are impressive.

The Great Southern region is Western Australia’s second largest agricultural producer with the focus on grains and livestock. Its economy is driven by primary production – wool, timber, livestock and fishing with key growth areas in the transport, engineering and commercial services areas. Viticulture and tourism also play a large role, attracting a growing number of tourists every year.

​With heaps of outdoor activities to enjoy, a thriving arts and entertainment scene and affordable housing, the Great Southern offers you the chance to live the dream!

 

​Fun fact!

If you’re into hill walking, why not try the highest peak in the southern half of WA, Bluff Knoll, located in the Stirling Ranges?​

Surf beach at sunset

News

July 2020 invitation round for State Nominated Migration Program

7 July 2020

WA Migration Services is awaiting allocation of State nomination places from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) for the 2020-21 program year. Invitation rounds have been paused during this time.

We will continue to assess applications received. Nominations in SkillSelect from 1 July 2020 will be dependent on DHA confirming allocation of places for the new program year.

WA Migration Services appreciates your patience and looks forward to progressing the State migration program as soon as possible.

Updates on future invitation rounds will be provided on the WA Migration Services website.

For more information on the invitation process visit the invitation rounds page.

Fun Fact
The Argyle Diamond Mine in the far north of Western Australia is one of the world's largest suppliers of natural coloured diamonds.