Overview of Western Australia

Map of Australia highlighting size of Western AustraliaThe state of Western Australia is Australia’s face on the Indian Ocean.

Western Australia’s capital city Perth is closer to Jakarta than it is to other Australian capital cities of Sydney and Canberra. The narrow Timor Sea separates Western Australia’s northern coastline from the Indonesian Archipelago. To the south of the State is the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Western Australia is the largest Australian state. With an area of more than 2,500,000 square kilometres, a 12,500 kilometre coastline and spanning 2,400 kilometres from north to south, it occupies a third of the continent.

Western Australia is one of the most productive and diversified mineral and petroleum regions in the world. Western Australia is home to 127 high-value, export-oriented mining projects and hundreds of smaller quarries and mines, producing over 50 different commodities.  Key products include: iron ore; liquefied natural gas; gold; alumina and bauxite; condensate; nickel; crude oil; lithium; base metals (copper, lead and zinc); natural gas; cobalt; manganese; and mineral sands (garnet, illmenite, leucoxene, zircon and rutile).

The State leads Australia in minerals and petroleum output and produces a significant proportion of the world’s trade in several key commodities.

For an update on key Western Australia economic indicators please visit the Department of Treasury.

Western Australia offers a business environment which encourages growth and prosperity. With low sovereign risk, pro-development government policies and a highly skilled and innovative workforce, doing business in Western Australia can be very attractive.