Overview of Western Australia

The state of Western Australia, is Australia’s face on the Indian Ocean. Its capital Perth is closer to Singapore and Jakarta than it is to Canberra. The majority of people live in and around Perth.

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.

Only the narrow Timor Sea separates its northern coastline from equatorial islands of the Indonesian Archipelago and to the south is the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

The Western Australian economy is a state economy dominated by its resources and services sector and largely driven by the export of iron ore, gold, liquefied natural gas and agricultural commodities such as wheat. Minerals and petroleum are dominant industries in Western Australia and resource exports are expected to remain strong in the medium to long term. The State leads the nation in minerals and petroleum output and produces a significant proportion of the world’s trade in several key commodities.

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.