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​​​​​​​​​Small businesses account for 95 per cent of all businesses in the State and employ around a third of its labour force.

Most small businesses in Western Australia are in the following industries:

  • construction;

  • agriculture, forestry and fishing;

  • finance and insurance services;

  • transport, postal and warehousing; and

  • retail trade.

There are three ways you can own a business in Western Australia.

 

Buy a business

Buying an established business can mean a big commitment in time, money and energy. Read the important points to consider on the
Small Business Development Corp​oration website​ before you decide to buy a business.

 

Buy a franchise

Franchising is when you use another firm’s successful business model for your independently owned outlet. Read more about buying a franchise on the
Small Business Development Corporation​ website​.

 

Start a business

Instead of buying a pre-existing business, you may want to start your own. There is much more involved in starting a new business rather than buying an existing business (with proven cash flow and profits). Carefully read the
Small Business Development Corporation information to make sure this option is for you.

News
New graduate stream for State nomination

A new graduate stream will be available for eligible applicants for State nomination from Western Australia. Information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the migration portal in coming months.

If you would like to be notified when further information regarding this new stream is available please email migration@dtwd.wa.gov.au to be placed on a mailing list.

 
Fun Fact
The length of the Western Australian border with the Northern Territory and South Australia is 1862 km.