Western Australia

Western Australia lies in the southern hemisphere and is the largest state in Australia, covering an area of more than 2.5 million square kilometres which is approximately one-third of Australia’s total landmass. The state is 10 times the size of the UK and most of Western Europe fits within its borders.

The population of Western Australia is approximately 2.5 million with 75% living in Perth and its surrounding areas. Other significant population centers include Bunbury (65,000), Geraldton (32,000), Kalgoorlie-Boulder (31,000), Albany (27,000), Karratha (17,000), Broome (13,000) and Port Hedland (14,000).

Perth

Perth is regularly ranked in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world and offers an enviable lifestyle to the thousands of British and European migrants who choose to make their home in this forever sprawling city.

Perth is located on the banks of the Swan River and sits directly beneath Kings Park which is one of the largest inner city parks in the world including New York’s Central Park. Kings Park enjoys a prime position with stunning views of Perth City, the Swan River, Indian Ocean and surrounding suburbs. The total area of the park is 400.6 hectares and features both cultivated gardens and untamed bush land and is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Kings Park provides an ideal location to relax or spend time with the family. Visitors can picnic on grassy lawns, stroll or take a jog through the bush land but equally it is also a haven for cultural and ceremonial events. Children are also catered for with a number of excellent playgrounds suitable for all ages.

Climate

Due to its size Western Australia has a diverse climate ranging from a Mediterranean/temperate climate in the south to tropical conditions in the north.

WA’s capital city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. The average maximum summer temperature is 29°C, and February is generally the hottest month. Temperatures hover around 12°C in winter (June to August). Perth has more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city with a total of 131 blue-sky days every year. With all the sunny weather, people spend much of their spare time outdoors and with a choice of 19 white-sand beaches there is plenty of opportunity for swimming, sailing, water-skiing and fishing. To enjoy Australia’s sunniest capital and WA’s great outdoor lifestyle in safety, always apply sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and drink plenty of water.

Education

There are five universities and more than 1000 schools and colleges to choose from in Western Australia ranging from government, catholic and independent schools. Approximately 70 per cent of students in Western Australia attend government schools and 30 per cent attend private or independent schools.

The compulsory school entry age is 6 years and 6 months.  The minimum school leaving age is 17 years unless a suitable alternative education/training program or work placement can be identified.  The school year normally begins at the end of January or early February and concludes in mid-December. Children also have access to kindergarten and pre-primary education, but attendance is not compulsory.

Education in Western Australia consists of one year of pre-school at age 5, followed by six years of primary education for all students as of 2015. At age 13, students begin six years of secondary education. The final two years of secondary education are now compulsory. All students are required to complete 12 years of study before leaving school. Students have the option to study at a TAFE college in their eleventh year or continue through high school with a vocational course or a specific university entrance course.

Housing

In Western Australia, the majority of properties are on freehold land and are sold under a process of offer and acceptance. Properties are also purchased and acquired by auction.

The Perth metropolitan area median property price was $535 000 in December 2013. For more market information including prices on specific suburbs (including regional areas), advice on purchasing property and properties for sale visit the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) website.

There is also a wide range of rental options available in Perth – from basic units to luxury mansions, short or long term and furnished or unfurnished. The median rent for a three bedroom house in the Perth metropolitan area was approximately $430 per week in March 2014.

International transport links

There are 19 international, 12 domestic and regional and four general aviation airlines that operate at Perth Airport, connecting travellers to more than 110 destinations around Australia and overseas. Flight times from Perth to Singapore is 5 hours 20 minutes, from Perth to Bali is 3 hours 45 minutes and to Sydney, 4 hours and 15 minutes.

Industries

The Western Australian economy is largely dominated by the mining and resources sector. Western Australia is one of the most mineralised regions on earth with huge iron-ore deposits which are exported mainly to China and Japan. Western Australia is also a major producer of gold, natural gas and diamonds.

The State also has a strong agriculture sector producing wheat, barley and other grains, wool, lamb, beef; rock lobsters, prawns, crabs, tuna and wine for Australia and the international export market:

The manufacturing of mined resources (engineering metals, ship building, petrol and diesel) form a large proportion of this industry and food manufacturing and processing from the agricultural industry also contribute strongly to the economy.

Business opportunities

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 construction, agriculture, forestry and fishing, finance, insurance services, transport, postal and warehousing and the retail trade.

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