Why set up your business in Western Australia?

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    • Western Australia is Australia’s no. 1 exporter of minerals and petroleum, and its economy benefits from its proximity to Asia’s growing markets 
    • Western Australia’s liquefied natural gas exports to China are likely to grow, as China plans to increase the share of natural gas in its energy mix
    • Western Australia is poised to increase its prominence in the global lithium market
    • The Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies ranked WA among the world’s top three attractive destinations for mining investment, and number one in Australia
    • Western Australia is the leading state in the Maintenance of Maritime and Naval Australian fleet.
    • China is Western Australia’s largest market for agricultural products, accounting for around 22% ($1.7 billion) of the state’s total agricultural exports
    • WA and Iran - possibilities of future partnerships to secure future iron sources 
    • WA and India - links forged as sharing expertise in key economic growth areas, including mining, agriculture, energy and education
    • House prices in Perth have decreased by 4.3% since last year, meaning better housing affordability 
    • 2018 will see the creation of Technopole in the south of Perth to support Australian Innovation and Technology in all sectors of Industry


    • An increase in the payroll tax-free threshold from $800,000 to $850,000, effective from 1 July 2016
    • $20 million over four years for government departments to work with relevant industries to support researchers, innovators and start-up businesses that have the greatest potential to strengthen, broaden and build the Western Australian economy
    • $30 million over two years to 2019-20 to continue the Exploration Incentive Scheme to support exploration by mining businesses for the long-term sustainability of the State’s resources sector
    • $16 million to support high quality Australian and international film production in regional Western Australia and facilitate growth for regional based businesses and services related to film production

    Australia’s western gateway 

    • Perth occupies a unique geographic and economic position as being Australia’s closest and most accessible capital city to the world’s strongest economic growth regions and has evolved into a major hub for air travel, freight and logistics
    • Perth enjoys the shortest travel times of any Australian state capital city to key markets in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the United Kingdom and most Asian markets
    • The Port of Fremantle, which operates through two harbours, is the State’s largest and busiest general cargo port, and an important historical site
    • The Inner Harbour handles almost all of Western Australia’s container trade and provides facilities for livestock exports, motor vehicle imports, other general cargo trades, cruise ships and visiting naval vessels
    • The Outer Harbour is one of Australia’s major bulk cargo ports, handling grain, petroleum, liquid petroleum gas, alumina, mineral sands, fertilisers and other bulk commodities.

    Shared time zone

    • Perth shares a time zone (of plus or minus two hours) with 60% of the world’s population in Asia’s emerging economies 
    • The time difference between Europe and WA is 2 hours less difference than that of East Coast Australia


    • Perth is ranked in the top 10 of the world most liveable cities in the world (2016 Economic Intelligence Unit – EIU)
    • World’s sunniest city 
    • Over 200 nationalities enjoy living in Perth 
    • The largest inner city park in the world
    • Home to a number of entertainment precincts and natural landmarks
    • The most affordable city in Australia (Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2016) 

    Education: Talent/Skills 

    • Perth has the fourth largest number of engineers (22.3 engineers per 1000 employed people in cities over 1 million people)
    • 60% of global mining software is provided in Perth
    • Partnerships with Perth universities to further strengthened ties with France

    French companies with a local presence in Western Australia

    Accor Hotels 

    Air Liquide 






    Bolloré Logistics – SDV Australia Pty Ltd

    Bouygues Australia

    Bureau Veritas

    Colas Australia

    CMA CGM Australia Pty Ltd 

    CGG Veritas

    CIL Group



    Doris Engineering

    Engie (GDF Suez)




    GDF Suez




    LVMH Group (Cape Mentelle Vineyards) 







    Schneider Electric





    Total E&P



    Vinci energy 

    French Community in Perth 

    • French-speaking and Francophile population, including the Reunion Islands, Mauritius and other islanders from the Indian Pacific zone) are present in Perth.

    The following organisations and associations promote French Culture in Western Australia: 

    La Chambre de Commerce Franco-Australienne (FACCI)

    Alliance Française

    La Maison de France

    Association de professeurs de Français

    Le petit journal de Perth

    Reunionese Association in Perth

    Seychelles Club Inc

    Perth Carribean Association

    Mauritian Club

    Perth à la carte : Site Web - Répertoire des sociétés ou sociétés françaises qui vendent des produits français

    Contact us to find out more about doing business in Western Australia.


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    Our Patron Members

      • AFP
      • Accor
      • Air Liquide
      • AirFrance
      • Airbus
      • Alstom
      • Anl
      • Atlas
      • BNP Paribas
      • Bollore Logistics
      • Bouygues Construction
      • Bureau Veritas
      • Capgemini Australia
      • Corporate Traveller
      • Credit agricole
      • Deloitte
      • Engie
      • Ernst and Young
      • Etihad
      • Eurofins
      • GEODIS
      • GHD
      • HSBC
      • Havas
      • Investment Attraction South Australia
      • KPMG
      • Keolis Downer
      • Liberty Executive Offices
      • Loreal
      • Maddocks
      • Mazars
      • Michelin
      • Naval Group
      • PIch and Partners
      • Pernaud Ricard
      • Pierre Fabre
      • Powerfulpoints
      • PwC
      • Ramsay
      • Randstad
      • Renault
      • SEB
      • SOS International
      • Safran
      • Schneider
      • Sonepar
      • St Gobain
      • Suez
      • Tarkett
      • Technip
      • Thales
      • Total
      • Transdev
      • VINCI
      • Veolia
      • World Wide Printing Solutions

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    T (+61 8) 6141 3384 | wa@facci.com.au

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