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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


 

 

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
The Perth Mint is the world's oldest mint still operating from its original premises producing coins and gold products.