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.
State Nominated Migration Program suspended
21 August 2020
The Western Australian State Nominated Migration Program is currently suspended. WA Migration Services will not issue invitations to apply for State nomination during the suspension period.WA Migration Services appreciates your patience and looks forward to progressing the State Nominated Migration Program as soon as possible.Updates on future invitation rounds will be provided on the WA Migration Services website.For more information on the invitation process visit the invitation rounds page.