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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


 

 

The WA Government has made changes to its migration program to support skilled workers looking to migrate to Western Australia including increasing occupations eligible for skilled migration in WA by around 60 per cent.

 

New occupations have been added to the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 1 (WASMOL Schedule 1) and the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List Schedule 2 (WASMOL Schedule 2).

 

The list of newly available occupations can be found on the WA State Nomination – combined occupation list.  

 

The WA Government has also waived the $200 application fee and has made changes to the requirements for new applicants as of 1 July 2022, including:


Removal of the requirement to demonstrate sufficient funds for WA State nomination.


Reduction in the English requirements for applicants at the Manager and Professional occupation level to the "competent" level of English.


Changes to the document requirements for the WASMOL Schedule 1&2 and the Graduate Occupation lists based on the visa the applicant is being nominated for.

 

The next round of invitations to apply for WA State nomination are anticipated to be issued in the third week of September 2022.

 

 

For more information on the State Nominated Migration Program and the new requirements visit the About State nomination page.


Fun Fact
Perth has the largest inner city park in the world – Kings Park. Yes, bigger even than New York's Central Park!