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Facts and figures

The South West covers an area of nearly 24 000 square kilometres 
(9 266 square miles).

Distance from Bunbury to Perth: 175 km (109 miles)

Higher education: Edith Cowan University (Bunbury); South Regional TAFE; Margaret River Education Campus

Median house price in Bunbury: $516 000 (June 2016)

Health services: Bunbury Hospital; Busselton Health Campus

Other main towns: Busselton, Collie, Manjimup

Climate: Mediterranean

 

The region’s main industry sectors and employers include mining and minerals (coal, alumina, mineral sands); manufacturing (timber products; food and beverage enterprises); building and construction (residential housing developments); tourism (wine regions; surfing; forests); food and agribusiness (primary produce; food and vegetables); wine and viticulture; forestry; fishing and aquaculture; retail and commerce; health; smart and creative industries (boutique artisans; film-makers; visual arts).

The climate in this dynamic, evolving region in the picturesque south western corner of Western Australia is ideal for migrants due to its spectacular nature and diverse employment opportunities.

It is the most popular tourist destination within Western Australia (outside of Perth) with tourists taking weekend breaks from around the State. Lifestyle and thriving employment opportunities available in the region make the South West a popular choice to live and invest in.

With their great sense of community and connectedness and an enviable lifestyle, South West residents rate their region as a safe, family-friendly place to live with its population expected to rise to 217 000 by 2023. It features some of the State’s best beaches, forests, wine regions and national parks.

The city of Bunbury (pop. 75 000) is the commercial and administrative hub of this region.

 

Fun fact!

The world-famous wine growing region of Margaret River is also renowned for its surf beach which hosts the annual Margaret River Pro World Surf League competition.​

Image of the South West 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
Western Australia is three and a half times as big as Texas (USA) and the British Isles would fit into it six times.