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Image of Western Australian wildflowers
 

​​​​​Throughout Western Australia you can find a wide range of native animals.

 

Dolphins, whales and sea life

There are numerous protected marine parks and reefs across the State; the most popular is Ningaloo Marine Park​, home to some of the world’s best diving spots. This is also where you can swim with whale sharks.

Monkey Mia offers a one-on-one experience of feeding and swimming with bottlenose dolphins and is also home to dugongs. The Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre offers a similar experience.

Southern right whales and humpbacks migrate during winter with their calves. Whale watching charters operate in Perth and regional areas with the best viewing in the South West region. 

 

Kangaroos

Part of the national emblem, the kangaroo, is a familiar sight around most parts of regional Western Australia.

Take care when driving outside of the metropolitan area on country roads, as these large marsupials can jump out from bushland areas without warning.

 

Crocodiles and snakes

Crocodiles are generally found in the remote north west of the State. If you want to view a crocodile in its natural habitat, it is best to take a guided tour with an experienced guide to view them safely.

Western Australia has its share of snakes, although it is rare to see them as they shy away from humans.

 

Pets

Pets are common in Western Australia –​ the most popular being dogs and cats.

Pets are regulated by shires (local councils) which often limit the number of pets per household and enforce the annual registration of certain pets.

For more information on Western Australian flora and fauna, visit the
Tourism Western Australia website​.

News

Welcome news for international students – Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration program expanded to include VET graduates

The Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program provides a skilled migration pathway for international students graduating from university in Western Australia.  From December 2019, the Graduate stream has been extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above. 

The Graduate stream is also more accessible for international students:

studies in higher education, VET (Certificate III level and above) and/or English language courses for overseas students (ELICOS) studies all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.

Graduates need to demonstrate either six months' work experience in Australia OR a six month employment contract in Western Australia, but not both.  Previously international students needed to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List (GOL) and updated eligibility criteria are now available.  

For more information on the changes to the Graduate stream, visit the Graduate stream requirements page.

The criteria for the General stream of the State Nomination Migration Program  will remain the same; however the Western Australian State Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) has been updated. 

Fun Fact
Some of the first white settlers saw a strange animal hopping along. They asked the Aborigines what it was called and were told, ‘Kanguru’, which means ‘I don't know’.