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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

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