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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

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 the largest Australian state with an area of more than 2 500 000 square km, a 12 500 km coastline and spanning 2 400 km from north to south.