Western Australia - Perth

 about Western Australia


Located in the southwest corner of Australia, Perth is home to 1.4 million people. Set on the banks of the majestic Swan River, Perth has the look and feel of a big city, yet is renowned for its easy-going lifestyle. 

  • A multitude of outdoor activities, a vibrant cultural scene, state-of-the­-art infrastructure and facilities situated amongst stunning Australian landscapes makes Perth an enticing place to live and do business. According to a 2016 survey of expatriates by The Economist magazine, Perth is the world's seventh best city in which to live and work. It is a bustling business centre, the capital of the State of Western Australia and Australia's business hub for the energy and resources industries in the Asia Pacific region. 
  • Only nine kilometres from the city centre, the Indian Ocean laps some of the world's most pristine beaches. Enjoying more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in the country, Perth has a Mediterranean climate featuring warm, dry summers and mild winters with warm weather experienced from October through to April. 
  • Australia with its links to the global economy has seen significant economic growth in the early part of this new century, and Perth is one of the key centres for this growth. The movement to a knowledge-based economy has put pressure on cities world-wide to reconsider their competitive position. The quality and diversity of services provided by cities increasingly determines their competitive advantage, as investors and knowledge workers seek those regions with the best infrastructure, skills, education and quality of life. Perth has responded well to this challenge and as the capital city of Western Australia has the critical mass to compete in the global marketplace. Perth is the gateway to the state and provides easy access to the metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia. 
  • The City's high growth rate has seen major infrastructure investments including the South West Metropolitan Railway project, the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre along with significant commercial and residential developments. Projects such as these welcome and encourage partnership options for businesses as well as employment opportunities for individuals. 
  • Perth also enjoys many advantages as a place to invest. Perth is ideally located as a regional base to service the growing economies of the Asia Pacific Rim, with similar time zones and short travel times to most Asian destinations. The State's resources industry has also been growing strongly, developing key strategic links with China through major agreements in the supply of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and iron ore. The State currently provides 25 per cent of Australia's total exports. 
  • The resources industries are the key drivers of the State's economy, with world class deposits of diamonds, iron ore, bauxite, nickel, natural gas and oil. Central Perth is home to many of the major resource companies.
  • Perth is also renowned for advanced health, housing and education. A network of government and privately provided essential services support Perth's growing population. Education is actively encouraged and available through highly acclaimed learning systems ranging from advanced early childhood services through to tertiary level education. Perth's housing market reflects the changing requirements of modern families with a diversity of housing, lot size and affordability. Along with this, a modern health care system including acute and preventative treatment is provided and supported by highly acclaimed medical research and techniques. 

For further details regarding Perth's lifestyle and business investment and employment opportunities visit the City of Perth website on www.perth. wa.gov.au. 

City of Perth 27 St Georges Terrace, PERTH WA 6000 
p. + 618 9461 3333 • www.cityofperth.wa.gov.au 



Perth's Eastern Region stretches from the edge of the Perth central business district, along the Swan River to the scenic Perth Hills with their breathtaking native forests. 

Covering approximately one third of the Perth metropolitan area, the region is home to nearly 300,000 people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Offering a unique range of lifestyles so close to the city, it is one of the fastest growing regions in Western Australia (WA).
This growth has lead to the development of a range of attractive residential properties from family based communities through to luxury waterfront apartments with sweeping views of the Swan River and city, making the region a great place to live. With world-class wineries, an abundance of heritage and cultural attractions, and some of the State's most beautiful national parks, the region also has lots to see and do. 

Home to WA's major transport hub, the region hosts the international and domestic airports, along with major rail and road networks linking WA with the east coast of Australia. This coupled with the region's proximity to the CBD, strong service, manufacturing and engineering industries, and affordable commercial and industrial properties, make it an ideal place in which to do business and invest. 

Fuelled by Western Australia's sustained growth, Perth's Eastern Region offers business and investors a wealth of new opportunities.
With higher than average population growth and major retail, cornmercial and industrial developments, investors are finding that the region offers:

  • A highly skilled workforce. In the past decade the region's workforce has grown by over 30% to more than 105,000 workers, 20% of whom hold  a tertiary qualification or technical trade. 
  • Affordable commercial and industrial land. The Malaga Light Industrial Estate, which has 457 hectares of serviced land ideal for light manufacturing, wholesae and distribution businesses, is just one example of the exciting industrial developments available within the region.
  • Excellent access to transport and freight connections. With road and freight terminals located near the airport and easy connection to several major interstate highways that link to Fremantle Harbour, regional transport is both efficient and effective.
  • Great proximity to the city. Starting less than 10 minutes from the city, the region's access to main roads and freeways makes it quick and easy to reach the city and central business district when required.
  • Quality residential developments. With strong population growth and the best value land of all Australian capital cities, there is strong demand for residential developments. Ascot Waters, along the banks of the Swan River, is a prime example of the high quality residential developments under way and in planning throughout the region. 
  • Excellent investment opportunities. With so much happening in the region, opportunities abound both in new ventures and through partnerships with existing local businesses. Metal fabrication and engineering, food processing, wine production, mining technology services, transport and logistics, construction and tourism are just a few of the sectors ripe for investment.

The great strength of Perth's Eastern Region lies in its size and diversity. It has room to accommodate the needs of people and industry, and the capacity for important economic development to proceed while preserving the traditional qualities of the region - its heritage and range of lifestyles, factors that are so much a part of its character. 

  • The region offers affordable residential, commercial and industrial land, all available within a few minutes of Perth's central business district. Major developments in the area include: 
  • The 'Golden Mile' of Swan River foreshore stretching towards the city of Perth. This prime real estate is being redeveloped, with several high quality residential developments under way that offer a unique lifestyle.
  • Light industrial/commercial serviced land ideal for light manufacturing, wholesale and distribution businesses, strategically located near the domestic and international airports and rail/road freight terminals.
  • An urban renewal project in Midland with 256 hectares of land that is home to information technology, communications and forensic science facilities.
  • The Perth International Airport Precinct, which is destined to be Perth's largest commercial development. The airport terminal and adjacent land is attracting companies who want to take advantage of the proximity to the CBD and the nearby rail and road transport terminals. The airport services many international carriers, offers connections to all Australian capital cities and services regional centres across Western Australia.

Not only does the region boast quality, affordable living suited to a range of tastes, but Perth is one of the cheapest cities to live in Australia. Add this mix to Perth's temperate Mediterranean climate and you have a great place to live, work, play and do business! 

Unimaginable in a modern industrial city, are the region's natural assets such as the hills with pristine national parks and forests, and Perth's central business and entertainment districts all only a few minutes away. 

There are few cities in the world that can match the range of residential lifestyles available in Perth's Eastern Region. Choices range from luxury apartments along the river foreshore with views to the city, to the tranquillity of the hills where you can be surrounded by forest and natural bushland, yet still be just 30 minutes from Perth's commercial centre. 

Then there's the Swan River. Home to many native fauna, the river runs through the region providing an ideal opportunity to enjoy water sports, fishing or a day out with the family. 

The region's stunning array of natural attractions forms the basis of a developing tourist industry. Over a million tourists visit each year to view the beautiful national parks, wander bush paths through the expansive State Forest, and take a leisurely boat trip or short drive to the picturesque Swan Valley to experience the State's oldest wine region. 

Perth's Eastern Region is also home to Western Australia's horse racing and equestrian industries with Ascot Racecourse situated on the southern bank of the Swan River. The annual summer carnival attracts racing identities and visitors from throughout Australia. 

For hundreds more things to see and do in Perth's Eastern Region visit www.perthtourism.com.au. This website offers many low cost or no cost recreation and tourism opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy all year round. 

The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) is committed to supporting sustainable economic development in the area, encouraging new investment and helping local businesses to expand and develop new markets.

Please contact us for more information on the region. 
Street. EMRC, 226 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont, WesternAuJtralia 6ro4 
Post. EMRC, PO Box 234, Belmont, Western Australia 6984 

‚Äčt. +6I 8 9424 2222 • www.emrc.org.au • e. mail@emrc.org.au