Western Australia Now Open for Migration

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Western Australia open for Migration
Apply to live and work in Perth, Western Australia

Migrate to Perth, Western Australia

Words by Emma Gallagher


Australia is one of the largest countries on our planet, and Western Australia (known as WA) is the largest state. WA covers an impressive third of Australia’s landmass. The Indian Ocean borders WA to the west and north, the Great Australian Blight and the Southern Ocean to the south, South Australia to the southeast and the Northern Territory to the northeast. 


The States capital Perth, is known for being one of the most isolated cities in the world. The closest city is Adelaide in South Australia, which is a short 2,200km away. Perth may be isolated, but this has not stopped Perth becoming one of Australia’s fastest-growing cities over the last decade.

Due to the mining boom, Western Australia is full of young people from all over the world working in every industry and profession.

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Perth from Kings Park

Why you should move to Perth


Perth has fantastic public transport, excellent bicycle/pedestrian paths that run for hundreds of kilometres along some of the world’s most beautiful coastline. There are numerous vast open spaces throughout the city and suburbs alike filled with walks, lakes, parks and shaded areas to escape the midday sun. Try to imagine what it would be like to live in a city where the public facilities are better than fantastic, free hot showers at the beach and free sizzling barbecues to use at the many beaches and parks.


Regional Area and Regional Visas


Western Australia is a regional area (including Perth), meaning that you can apply for the new regional visas subclass 491 and 494. To apply for a State Nominated Skilled visa (subclass 190 or 491), you must be nominated by a State or Territory such as the Government of Western Australia (WA). To be eligible for WA nomination you must meet both the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) criteria for the nominated visa and the WA criteria for State nomination.

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Family enjoying a day out in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia



Western Australia’s Goldfields region currently has an active Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) agreement. DAMA is a formal agreement between the Australian Government and a regional, state or territory authority. It provides access to more overseas workers than the standard skilled migration program. 

Study Pathways


Western Australia has world-class education institutions like Edith Cowan and Curtin Universities. It is to see why thousands of international students come in their droves not only they receive some of the education in the world, but they provided with a safe environment to study and has a strong economy. It is a resource-rich growth state, providing the opportunity for industry work experience and part-time work while you study. Not mention some students may be eligible for Graduate visas pathways which can lead to Australian permanent residency once they complete their studies.


With over 2 million people, including a mix of cultures from all around the world, speaking over 170 languages and practising over 100 religions, you’ll always feel welcome and respected in Western Australia.   


Western Australia is not the only part of Australia that allows valid applicants to apply, The Gold Coast, Queensland, Northern Territory, Regional Victoria, Regional New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania all are open to immigration applications.


If you would like more information on getting started on your journey to Australia, please fill in our initial Online Assessment form to see if you qualify. You can book a face-2-face appointment, telephone or Skype with one of our Registered Migrations Agents through our online booking calendar.