Western Australian Population Surges With Australian Visa Holders

By |November 22nd, 2013|

The population of Western Australia increased to 2.5 million people in March this year according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – with over 60% of the growth due to Australian visa holders.

Western Australia is the country’s largest yet most remote state, meaning the state has relied on Australian visa holders to capitalise on its abundant natural resources in the height of the mining boom.

The state’s population has been growing steadily as both Australian and international workers have flocked to high paying positions in the state’s remote mining and construction projects, finally reaching 2.5 million people for the first time earlier on this year.

“WA’s population nudged 2.5 million people at the end of March, 2013 and grew at annual rate of 3.4% or 82,600,” said Bjorn Jarvis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). […]

Perth the fastest growing city in Australia

By |April 1st, 2010|

New data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Perth’s metropolitan area’s population grew by 3.2 per cent in the year 2008-09, making it the fastest growing metropolis in Australia.

Combined with this, the City of Perth -which includes the CBD, East and West Perth and Northbridge – was the fastest growing local authority area in Australia.

The report Regional Population Growth, Australia 2008-09 showed that 12.8 per cent more people called the 12.7 square kilometre municipality home than the year before.
Most of the state’s growth was due to Australia immigration, followed by natural birth increase, then interstate migration.

Perth was closely followed by Darwin’s 3.1 per cent population growth. […]

Perth Weather – That’s what you get for gloating!

By |March 23rd, 2010|

I know I can often be a little romantic about the wonderful weather we receive here in Western Australia.

Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world at the end of the day so it’s often very easy to gloat when the weathers so damn nice all the time.

Yesterday it would seem was payback time for that three years of gloating when the worse weather experienced in Perth in over 10 years hit the CBD and surrounding areas.. VERY hard!! […]

Getting Hot! Hot! Hot!

By |January 18th, 2010|

Phew! What a scorcher.

Yesterday saw the hottest day in Perth for nearly two years with the mercury hitting 42.9C . By 5am, the temperature at Champion Lakes near Armadale were already 30.4C – warmer than in Marble Bar, which is Australia’s hottest town and only 20.6C at that time.
At time of typing the temperatures are just shy of 41C so it looks like it’s going to be another hot one today

The hottest ever recorded temperature in Perth was 46.2 °C (115 °F) on 23 February 1991 and I can imagine, back then it must have been pretty unbearable. […]

Western Australia Could Adopt State Based Migration Scheme

By |January 12th, 2010|

Western Australia job advertisements surged 6% in December which is the strongest monthly growth since May 2007.

Experts say that the renewal of the mining boom could force business to compete ferociously for workers. This isn’t good news for businesses in WA but it could be great news for folks looking to migrate to the state.

Just one day after Western Australia was declared the nations best-performing economy, treasurer Troy Buswell called for a state-based migration scheme as WA businesses were warned to brace themselves for skilled labour shortages. […]

Free Holiday Down Under Anyone?

By |May 7th, 2009|

Here at Getting Down Under HQ we frequently get emailed by various folks and organisations that are looking for our help in promoting their products and services to the many visitors and subscribers who visit our site.

As many of these services aren’t particularly appropriate (or simply smell like a bit of a scam) then in most cases we don’t bother.

Recently however we were contacted by an agency asking us to help promote a competition being run by ‘Tourism Australia’. As the competition tied nicely into the concept of ‘Getting Down Under’ and was being run by the Aussie tourist industry then we thought it seemed worthy of a mention. […]

Costa Brava looks nice – Still, it’s not Perth!

By |March 5th, 2009|

An Article that I read on the UK website of the Independent Newspaper made me laugh today.

It talks about the Girona tourist board’s latest attempt to spice up its Mediterranean appeal using an image taken here in good old Perth!

The photo supposedly of the Costa Brava shows a man and a boy gazing out to a deep blue horizon of sea and sky, while gentle waves lap the sand beneath their feet.

The Catalan version tones down the antipodean brilliance of the original, pastes a Costa Brava logo to the man’s T-shirt and adds in Catalan: “Congratulations Costa Brava on 100 years. You really are great.” […]

Ten things I’ve noticed whilst living in Australia

By |January 25th, 2007|

It’s two months to the day that we arrived here in Sunny Perth so I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by writing about ten things that I’ve noticed about that fantastic country that we now live in.

I have a feeling that this will not be the last entry I make on this subject matter and […]

Newsflash – Hot City Bench attacks Yorkshiremens buttocks

By |January 22nd, 2007|


As Australia and Perth charges towards the silly and extremely hot summer season, I’m often impressed by the buildings and objects scattered around the city that are designed to help make shopping in such steamy conditions a much more pleasant experience.

Many if not all the shops in the main Malls (Hay Street and Murray Street) […]

Getting Down Under Turns one

By |January 22nd, 2007|

Bugger, I’ve just been checking through our Archive and I’ve just realised that last Wednesday the 17th January, Gettingdownunder turned one! :D

Since making the first post way back then, quite a lot of stuff has happened in my life.

I guess the biggest and most obvious change is the fact that I’m now writing new Blog entries whilst residing in sunny Perth. A little different then Bradford in the UK I must say.

We’ve launched our forums which appear to be getting well used and I hope that some of these Blog entries provide a useful introduction and insight to life down under.

Feel free to post a comment in relation to any of our posts. I love reading your feedback and welcome any suggestions on ways in which I can make this Blog even better. […]

Finally an Update from Down Under

By |December 19th, 2006|

OK, its taken an absolute age to find the time to catch up with the Blog but I’ve finally been able to find a spare half an hour so that I can update any folks interested with the details of what’s been going on in the last few weeks since arriving here in Perth on […]

Time to go…

By |November 22nd, 2006|

OK, the time has come to move to the other side of the world.

This will probably be my last time online for a while, we say goodbye to our house tomorrow for the last time and check ourselves into a swish hotel for the night in Manchester.

We then fly to Perth (via Singapore) in the […]

A New Beginning Down Under

By |August 31st, 2006|

Australia, according to the 2005 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, is the best place in the world to live in! That is probably why the application for migration to Australia annually is extremely competitive as many people dream of starting a new life down under.

There are numerous factors attracting people to live in Australia – […]

Are things finally starting to happen?

By |August 24th, 2006|

Well, dare I say it but things almost appear to be happening.

Spoke to the Halifax yesterday who are still beyond useless (not giving us the promised updates resulting in a number of ignored call-back requests). However it seems that we are now progressing with our latest buyers which is the best bit of positive news […]

House is still on the Market

By |June 2nd, 2006|

Well, its been nearly a month now since the house first went on the Market

I’ve been reading some horror stories posted in our forums about folks who have spent months and months before they managed to sell their house.

The thing that concerns me the most I guess is that every month we remain in the […]

All About Perth – Perths transport system

By |June 1st, 2006|

Perths Transport System

Perth is served by Perth Airport in the city’s east for domestic and international flights and Jandakot Airport in the city’s southern suburbs for light aviation.

Perth has a road network with three freeways, nine metropolitan highways and no toll roads.

Perth metropolitan public transport, including trains, buses and ferries, are provided by Transperth, with […]