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​​Facts and figures

The Wheatbelt covers an area of 154 862 square kilometres (96 226 square miles).

Commercial centres: Northam, Merredin

Distance from Northam to Perth: 96 km (60 miles)

Distance from Merredin to Perth: 260 km (161 miles)

Median house price in Merredin: $165 000 (June 2016)

Other main towns: Jurien Bay, Moora​


 

The Wheatbelt is well-known for its magnificent wildflowers as well as for its rich agricultural history in cropping – producing almost half of the agricultural crops for the State. It is the State’s main producer of cereal crops and other products such as canola, vegetables, honey, citrus fruits, olives, wine grapes and livestock. Its vibrant economy is supported by construction, the retail trade and fisheries. It also offers affordable housing and extensive education, health, cultural and recreational services.

Known as the Heartlands, the Wheatbelt offers you an escape from city life in a safe and relaxed environment with more than 200 towns and communities offering a range of liveability options. Some of the attractions in the region include the Narembeen Grain Discovery Centre, Wave Rock near Hyden and the Wagin Historical Village.

The Shire of Northam is the largest regional centre with population distributed throughout the region which boasts 150 km of a pristine coastline lucrative to the fishing industry, particularly rock lobsters for domestic consumption and export.

The Wheatbelt region belongs to a vast and surprisingly diverse region of outback Australia known as Western Australia’s Golden Outback.

 

Key fact!

Just outside the coastal town of Cervantes are the lunar-like Pinnacles (tall limestone pillars formed from seashells and from the natural forces of wind and water) which rise eerily out of the yellow desert sands of Nambung National Park where you can find the earliest life forms on earth – the stromatolites – at Lake Thetis.​

 

​​Image of the Wheatbelt 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
Albany, founded in 1826 and located 409 km from Perth on the southern coast is the oldest settlement in Western Australia.