Western Australia

WA is Australia’s largest State, taking up one third of the whole of the Australian land mass. WA is divided into nine regions:

  • Gascoyne
  • Goldfields-Esperance
  • Great Southern
  • Kimberley
  • Mid West
  • Peel Pilbara
  • South West
  • Wheatbelt.

Three quarters of Western Australians live in the capital city Perth, 7% in the South West and 5% in the Peel area. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Western Australians the distribution is quite different, with the greatest proportions living in the Kimberley (over 40%), Pilbara (almost 15%) Gascoyne (almost 15%), Goldfields-Esperance (10%) and Mid West (10%). Less than 5% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Western Australians live in either the Perth, Peel or South West regions.

Almost 4% of the WA population are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people compared with 3% nationally. Across Australia, 90% of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander population are Aboriginal, 6% are Torres Strait Islander, and 4% are both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

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