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Claudia and Rachid Ait-Touati (Murraylands / Riverland region) and Mary and Javier Centenera (Mallala region) Stories

After feeling trapped in their home country of Holland, Claudia and Rachid decided it was time to realise Claudia’s childhood dream of moving to Australia. A migration agent advised them they would not be granted an Australian working visa. They didn’t have much money in the bank. If they couldn’t work they wouldn’t last long. But they decided to try their luck. They packed five bags, their young family and headed to Australia on a tourist visa.
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Migration Advice

People from nearly every continent have migrated to Australia to begin what, for them, was a new and better life. Their hopes and ambitions came with them and their drive to succeed has had a profound impact on the Australian economy, Australian society and on the nature of the country as a whole.
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University College London, Australia

University College London, Australia is an integral part of University College London (UCL) – one of the foremost academic institutions in the world. UCL is a true academic powerhouse, currently ranked fourth in the QS World University Rankings 2013, with no fewer than 21 Nobel Prize winners within our community.
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Mines and Energy in Western Australia


The State of Western Australian is recognised as one of the greatest resources provinces in the world. 

Rich in a diverse range of minerals and energy products, WA has lead the way as the nation’s number one resources investment destination, and the economic powerhouse of Australia. 

Unprecedented global demand and strong commodity prices have positioned WA as a smart, prosperous and globally significant province.

The state’s resources industry, made up of mining and oil and gas sectors, is large and diversified. In 2010-11 the value of Western Australia’s minerals and petroleum industry reached a new record of $101.2 billion.

In 2011 there continues to be more than $180 billion worth of projects either committed or under consideration for the State.

The resources industry is strong and resilient and well positioned to continue to deliver important opportunities for the Western Australian community now and into the future.

Western Australia holds more than 975 operating mine sites (open pit, underground mines and quarries) producing more than 50 minerals. There are also over 65 operating oil and gas fields. 

Statistics produced by The Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) reveals the scale and strength of the Western Australian resources sector. 

Western Resource Sector in 2011 -12

  • The value of Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry set a new record, reaching $106 billion. This represents a 4 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
  • The Western Australian minerals and petroleum sectors contributed 91 per cent of the State’s total merchandise exports.
  • In 2011-12, the resource sector directly employed, on average, 96,876 people across Western Australia.
  • The Western Australian resource sector contributed $5.3 billion in Royalties, paid into the Western Australian Government Consolidated Revenue Fund.
  • Overall, during the past ten years the value of Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry has grown on average by 15 per cent per annum.


Top 5 Commodities in Order of Value 

  • Iron ore – iron ore recorded an impressive $61.1 billion in total value of sales for 2011-12.
  • Crude Oil and Condensate – Sales reached $11.6 billion.
  • LNG – Despite output decreasing by 9.6 per cent to 15 million tonnes, the value of LNG sales rose by 15 per cent to $10 billion on the previous financial year.
  • Gold – with an overall value of $9.4 billion, Gold is Western Australia’s fourth most valuable commodity.
  • Alumina - the total value of alumina decreased by only 0.6 per cent to $4 billion, with a 2.4 per cent increase in quantity sold.


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Western Australian Economy

The state is resource rich and has benefitted substantially from the recent growth in world demand for iron ore and coal. Currently, Western Australia supplies more than 45% of all Australian exports.

Extensive natural gas reserves ensure Western Australia will be an important source of energy well into the next century. The State supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan, and is developing markets in Taiwan and Korea.

With more than 270 operating mines, Western Australia is a leading supplier of many commodities including alumina, diamonds, iron ore and mineral sands, – monazite; ilmenite; rutile/synruite and zircon.

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