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Facts and figures

Located in the north of WA, the Pilbara covers 507 896 square kilometres 
(315 591 miles) of unique and breathtaking natural landscape.

With its oil, gas and mining industry, this region accounts for 30% of all resources in Australia. Its economy is also boosted by construction, agriculture, livestock, manufacturing, retail and fishing and Karratha is just a two hour flight from Perth.

Population: 66 000

Distance from Karratha to Perth: 1 557 km (967 miles)

Median house price in Port Hedland: $550 000 (June 2016)

Higher education: North Regional TAFE with campuses in Broome, Derby, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman and Wyndham

Health services in Karratha: Nickol Bay Hospital (with resident and visiting specialists); Karratha Medical Centre

Other main towns: Newman, South Hedland


 

The centre of Australia’s mining and oil and gas industries and rich in natural resources – ​predominantly iron ore – the Pilbara is the mining powerhouse of WA and critical to Australia’s economy. It is full of contrasts and surprises with spectacular gorges, ravines, waterfalls and vast red deserts.

With the Indian Ocean to the northwest and the Great Sandy Desert extending to the Northern Territory in the east, the diverse landscape within the Pilbara region offers a variety of lifestyles.

The major Pilbara towns of Karratha and Port Hedland have grown significantly in the past 10 years, with considerable investment in new shopping centres, hospitals, schools, and sports and recreational facilities – transforming the towns into modern hubs for the region. 

Two major airports connect the region to Perth and other Australian cities with direct flights between Port Hedland and the tourist hotspot of Bali.

 

Image of the Pilbara region​ 

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
The world’s oldest form of living organisms (stromatolites) can be found in Western Australia.