Facts about Western Australia

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Sarah Peddie

We offer many jobs in Western Australia but do you want to find out more about the state before deciding on whether to make your move? Then look no further, here are some interesting facts and stats you may not have known about Western Australia.  

Before we get into it, here are a few facts about the state itself that you might find useful to know. 

  • The state of Western Australia occupies the entire western third of the country and is the biggest state in the whole of Australia.
  • 11 percent of the national total live in the state and most of the inhabitants live in the South West corner where Perth is located. 
  • The capital city is Perth - which is the fourth most populous city in Australia with over two million people living in Perth and the surrounding areas. It is considered to be one of the most isolated cities as it is closer to Jakarta, Indonesia than it is to any other Australian City. 
  • The state has a border with the North Territory and South Australia. 
  • Its economy mainly relies on mining, oil and gas and construction. 


Immigration has played a big part in the way Australia is shaped today and the United Kingdom has contributed the biggest number of immigrants in the country to this day. Western Australia is particularly popular for British-born citizens as it has the highest proportion of any state. This group is heavily concentrated in certain parts of the state 

The economy in Western Australia is mainly driven by extraction and processing of mineral and petroleum commodities. The whole structure of the economy is linked to the extraction of natural resources. 

It is estimated that around 46 per cent of Australia’s exports overseas are from the WA state alone. The largest export commodities include iron-ore, alumina, nickel, gold, ammonia, wheat, wool, crude oil and liquefied natural gas.

WA is the third-largest producer of iron-ore in the world and it also extracts 75 per cent of Australia’s 200 tonnes of gold. Diamonds are extracted in the north of the state in the Kimberly region at the Argyle diamond mine. 

Agriculture also plays a big part in the economy of WA and the national economy as well. 

Tourism has its part to play in the economy as well. Visitors to the Western state make up just over 12 per cent of the total international tourism to Australia. Residents from the United Kingdom, Singapore and New Zealand are the top three countries tourists usually come from to have a holiday. 

Tourism contributes over $9 billion to the WA economy and it supports around 90,000 jobs within the state. 

As the area of WA is so big, there are different climates throughout the state. The southwest coastal area, where Perth is situated, has a Mediterranean climate. Around the agricultural regions, is the most bio-diverse habitats with a higher proportion of species than most other regions. The area is also good for marine biodiversity with the offshore Leeuwin Current. 

The central part of the state is sparsely inhabited. Mining is the only significant activity within the area. 

In the north, there is a tropical climate. The Kimberly has a very hot monsoonal climate. The average annual rainfall is around 20-60 inches, but there is usually a long rainless period from April to November. 

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