Working in Western Australia
Your rights in the workplace
Guide to industries
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:
agriculture, forestry and fishing;
finance and insurance services;
transport, postal and warehousing; and
There are three ways you can own a business in Western Australia.
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 Corporation website before you decide to buy a business.
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.
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.
Invitations to apply for the State Nominated Migration Program resumed in January 2021. Visit the State nomination page for more information.