Quality of Life in Perth, Australia

Purchasing Power Index 90.65   Moderate
Safety Index 57.89   Moderate
Health Care Index 77.25   High
Climate Index 95.71   Very High
Cost of Living Index 82.31   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 6.13   Low
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Anonymous on May 10, 2021:
I have been job hunting now for 4 months, applying for 12+ jobs a week. Some interviews and second interviews but still looking.
Don't come here if you don't drive. I've been knocked back for office jobs because I don't have a licence.
I grew up in Perth, left for europe in my late teens and just got back last year to find that Perth folk are still friendly but now it is to a point and they have become especially friendly if they think they can gain something from you. They have become very narrow minded. Racism is stuck in the 70s which is so sad. I did get asked if I could temp for a city council, the temp agency said they were desperate to fill the role and had the perfect candidate all lined up and ready to go but the council rejected them because they were Indian! I was so angry and turned down the role letting them know I found this absolutely unacceptable. So sad.
Movie Set on Mar 15, 2021:
Perth is one big movie set. Fake people. Fake lives.
Highest rate of suicide on Mar 15, 2021:
Not to mention the fact that they brutally murdered up to 40 female Tiger sharks in 2014 and took pride in photographing and making public their senseless serial killing spree. Hate to say it but I daydreamed of throwing those Fisheries men in the water and imagined their panic and survival rates of being vilified systematically. None. So I put the photograph to good use for target practice albeit a slingshot. Them I realised that the Department of Fisheries had no right to maim and kill those Tiger sharks. But they did it. With pride.

It is fact that Tiger sharks were not responsible for the deaths of WA nationals. In fact, Tiger sharks rarely harm people. But the mentality is so 'dumb' that the Department of Fisheries underwent a killing spree of Tiger sharks regardless. It was the Great Whites that were responsible for the fatalities of humans and these sharks probably sense targeted 'bad people' or relatives of such. Sharks don't know any better in their territory, any way.

Bull Sharks are also breeding happily in the Swan River and there has been one attack this year. Not fatal though. They will probably set out to cull whatever life-forms exist in the river system. Let's hope they don't go ahead with a culling program because they will most likely mistake black swans and dolphins for bull sharks then publicize it. Because those with jobs in government are weirdos and bred of convict stock; its only right that they serve to destroy. Yet for them to get a job they would not need to pass kindergarten or grade 3; it's who you know 100%.

PERTH IS BUILT UPON CONVICT STOCK: There is a wall with one of the first convict ships to arrive in Fremantle, the Hougounaught (yes, it is mis-spelt) at a hotel of the same name in Fremantle. These convicts were a mixture of criminals that had been convicted of murder, rape, burglary etc... These convicts were given responsible leadership roles in society. Basically, Perth is built upon such convict stock. Yet many Perth nationals stick their nose up at people who they deem unworthy in society. Turn those tables. Who do you think is running this place?

Like many country towns, Perth is a who you know and how long for town; it can take up to ten years or never at all to be accepted as one of their own and some nasty Perth people, once they find out you're not a born and bred local, if you're a threat with little ties they will cause damage to your person during your innocent adaption period. It does not matter the ethnicity; because they all become part of that 'pack mentality' eventually.

Put it this way: Suicide in WA ranks as the highest rate of suicide in Australia. This fact remains true for at least the last two decades. Luckily some of us have not given them the pleasure of taking our own lives. In fact, Perth already killed me. I just keep coming back for more "hit me with your best shot" moments.

Whatever happened to my molotov cocktail? I could put it to good use now. But I'll leave that one up to Karma.
Henry Carlson on Mar 03, 2021:
If you want to rate women on a number and remove racism laws, then you gotta be the dumbest bloke for wanting a relationship. Good luck with that mate.
Bobbybb on Feb 20, 2021:
Perth would have to be the worst place in Australia for single people. Unlike other cities the common average is higher and so women of a given 8 tend to be very fussy with whom they choose to spend quality time with. Not only that, but I find Perth women to be very conservative and unwilling to make an approach. Have heard that Adelaide is the place for singles. Quite frankly Perth is a hole. Oh and to the Person who keeps posting 'Notice to West Australians regarding racism laws enacted in 1975'. What r U some kind of dictator NATZI?
Anonymous on Jan 27, 2021:
Well avoid Elizabeth Quay on Aus day as things can turn sour pretty quick, with degenerates fighting each other outside of the Ritz whilst simultaneously getting pepper sprayed
Marty Thwaite on Jan 24, 2021:
Yes I agree with the majority of comments here. Born and bred in Perth but spent 3 years in Melbourne which was a real eye opener and I met some real awesome characters there.sure they're some filthy wealthy people there but they don't in general seem to have their heads shoved up their asses as much as WAs wealthy. Melbourne for the win I say. And I hate hot weather. Call me a wimp I don't care.
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Western Australia on Nov 22, 2020:
In a situation where most Western Australians are pulling together to support each other, it has become clear that some people have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to create division and hatred.

I am sure that we have all seen reports of students being evicted from their homes, of racist graffiti, banners and slogans, of innocent Western Australians of Chinese and Asian backgrounds being threatened or vilified.

This is criminal behaviour and completely unacceptable in our society.

The Government of Western Australia strongly condemns all forms of racism, discrimination and harassment and has zero tolerance for such acts of hatred.

As a State we are acting swiftly and decisively on these issues, with police, local governments and communities working together to respond immediately to these deplorable offences.

Under this State's Criminal Code, racial vilification carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

Anyone engaging in this sort of behaviour will be met with the full force of the law.

Unity and the rejection of discrimination and hatred are critical if we are to succeed in facing the immense challenges before us.

Western Australia is a proudly multicultural State that embraces cultural diversity and community harmony. This is our strength, this is our resilience, and this is what will see us through.

We are all in this together and I have nothing but praise and respect for the vast majority of Western Australians who are supporting each other with compassion and understanding.

I am sure I speak on behalf of all members of the Western Australian Parliament in strongly condemning these appalling acts of racism.
Anon on Oct 31, 2020:
Living in Perth = living on the set of The Truman Show forever.
Anon on Oct 24, 2020:
People seem to forget that Perthites still harbour very deep resentment and feel humiliated by WA’s history and how they (or the Brits) obtained their homeland. Moreso among the older generations, but the same attitudes are passed down, to the point that the youngsters don’t really know why they hate outsiders but ‘they just do’. They believe that other nations are judging them or looking down on them, so they’re extremely defensive of their history / culture and will insult your country before you ‘get in there first’. The trouble is most people weren’t even thinking about ‘getting in there first’, which makes the random Xenophobic outbursts so shocking and bizarre.

The lack of positive, meaningful second nation culture or identity is a huge issue. The Aussie culture claims to be to ‘be a good bloke’ and ‘look after your mates’ - but it isn’t executed in the right way unfortunately. The end result is just pure nepotism. Generally speaking the only way for West Aussies to really establish an identity is via their wealth/status/postcode and people lose their minds trying to secure those attributes. You’ll find there is no relatively deep, ‘meaning of life’, alternative thinking from anybody. The mantra is Capitalise, buy property and die. Be the best, be the winner, be the richest. To the detriment of who the f cares! I need my identity! My pool and my pick up truck! You’ll also notice Aussies are obsessed with ‘buying a piece of land’ - in other cultures we might say we’re building a home or developing a property but for Aussies the emphasis is always on buying a piece of land. Interesting wording I always think.

In such a new (second nation) country there are no deep rooted traditions, few extensive Australian family trees, little inherited religious/spiritual ideology to live by. Other cultures garner an identity via their social class, their place in history or even their ideology. These structures don’t really exist in Perth - wealth and status is King/God. The lack of morality when it comes to attaining that wealth and status is nasty and jaw dropping but only confirms this desperate scramble for a wealthy identity. There’s also a feeling of ‘I’ll show the world what a bunch of supposed criminals can do’.

People mention that Perth has a boring ‘monoculture’. There is little creativity, expression, willingness to be unique, to step outside of the Perth prototype of a human existence. But why? Nobody can understand why nothing diverse or interesting ever takes off? Because to be different is a cardinal sin in Perth. Because anybody who doesn’t fit the mould is a threat to that slowly developing Aussie identity and must be targeted and bullied into submission. You can almost see the cogs turning when they encounter something new. ‘This isn’t what we know, I don’t understand this, this is a threat to us. Time to ostracise, bully and belittle.’

On the topic of racism, the easiest (yet most lethal) way to build bonds and allegiances with one another is via collective hatred of something or someone else. The lack of interest/fear of the wider world means that certain Perthites are fairly uncultured and often use Xenophobia and racism as a social bonding exercise. Not all - but many. Second Nation Western Australians are so effing lucky they are white. They love to dog whistle bad behaviour from the indigenous/black community - an unimaginative attempt to then justify their racism towards them. Reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to ostracise them. Oldest trick in the book. The emphasis on division further strengthens their supreme bonds to one another. You’ll note that for obvious reasons Western Australians tend to direct their Xenophobia/Racism towards the nations with the strongest sense of identity (Brits/Asians/Africans). This conveniently diverts attention away from their own. Again... old tricks. Many immigrants have experienced tribalism, bullying and Xenophobia from insecure Aussies.

I am willing to bet money that if Claire isn’t from the tourist board, she is a white Western boomer. I’ve no doubt that Claire may have had a good experience in Perth for those reasons. I myself fall into that category and was treated fairly well (when not being randomly verbally abused) but unfortunately I can’t ignore the treatment of ‘outsiders’ and don’t want to be part of the club so to speak. If you can’t bear the obsession with money, a superior race etc, don’t live in Perth or please just accept that it is what it is - it’s all far too deep rooted and won’t change for generations yet, if ever
Tiny Tim on Oct 18, 2020:
It's been pretty funny reading the comments. A lot of truths though so here's my views;

- people that hate Perth have come here with pre-existing expectations that were not met (I'm also to blame for this one) but it doesnt have to be this way
- "too many poms" - yes there are too many if all your friends are poms. There are HUGE groups of people from all corners of the globe here, Brazil, France, USA, Italy not to mention Kiwi and every part of Asia to name a few. Like someone below said, why travel to the other side of the planet... and try and live the same way you did back in UK...
- "cliquey crews" do exist, just deal with it and once people get to know you they will show less of a barrier if you're really interested in being "friends" with that group. There are people from all over that come to Perth, some not-so-nice. So I don't blame some people for putting up a barrier if they've had a bad experience by some random trying to fit in. Plenty of meet up groups to increase your circles.
- "Perth is boring..." someone else already reemed off a list of things and activities to prevent boredom. Didnt even mention scuba / snorkeling, boat trips / jet-ski trips, dolphins and whales, flying lessons and you do not need a ton of money to do this, either.
- bogans loud cars, racism, misoginism... If you have fear of these things then it is what you will attract. Like I said above, TONS of people from other nations here in Perth, diluting the racism and bad attitudes and diversifying the culture :)

By tiny tim - originally a pom, now Australian.
Anonymous on Oct 15, 2020:
Perth is a backward city. So far from everywhere worth visiting. Extreme isolation means absolutely no cultural growth. Much happier and better in the eastern estates. At least there is something to do and somewhere to go.
Mind blown on Oct 12, 2020:
$600 off your power bill in exchange for your liberties and the people of Perth consider this a great deal?! I honestly thought I’d seen and heard it all.
Anonymous on Sep 16, 2020:
Forget Perth quickly. I am well travelled. But straight out. Forget Perth.
Claire on Sep 16, 2020:
My name is Claire and my positive outlook is passive hostility, and ironically it's the most toxic form of negativity found in soon to be broken marriages and toxic relationships.

Don't criticize me as i only have the same limited vocabulary to describe my positivity and for my bias belonging.
I will print the word 'love' as many times, because that is all i can do to show my positive superiority over others.
Does Saying i live in many different places gives me excuse to be xenophobic?

Let's give Claire a pat in the back for trying.
Claire on Sep 15, 2020:
Having lived in many different places I just love love love Perth. Beautiful city, great climate and I have found the people to be outgoing, friendly and generally all round nice. I feel very sorry for the people who have commented so negatively about Perth and hope they have better luck somewhere else - I do think a negative critical approach can be toxic and contagious so we ar3 better off without peo0le who are so dissatisfied.
Quoka on Sep 12, 2020:
This certainly is the nanny state in so many ways. All comments here on this page are 100% correct. Everything.

I have learnt to despise work so much. Always called in to fix up things that others have trashed. A buddy buddy system of corporate favoritism. Personally, I guess I'm too old school. I prefer to get merit based on what I have actually achieved. Sick to death of doing others work for them.

And don't get me started on the draconian laws here, and this kneejerk reaction to COVID-19. I want out of this country, soon. I will never return. I'm just hoping that McGowan will open the border to international departures before that idiot Morrison, based on their pseudo science about this 'pandemic'. In fact, that is the one thing McGowan could do; let me go.

Can't wait to leave.
sorryyy on Sep 04, 2020:
Their outdated attitudes, misogyny, bigotry, ruthlessness, lack of empathy for others and cruelty are celebrated in a way that I’ve witnessed nowhere else on planet Earth. Half of the state enjoys it and the other half know it’s probably wrong but understand what is expected of them in order to survive. Capitalism is King. Again this isn’t everybody in Perth - but in my opinion it’s an overwhelming amount.

All I can advise is that if any of the above is likely to affect your well being, mental health or perspective on life; either give Perth a miss or allow some time to pass to seek out some genuine friends before putting down roots.
Freedom of Speech on Sep 04, 2020:
@Perth Advice - Re: Defamation.

It is not defamation if it's true.

And you need to provide that you have suffered damages as a result of the said defamation.

When we regularly have people bashing, killing, raping, stealing, scamming, walking with only a tap on the shoulder, what does that say for if one/people that speaks of the truth get fined or indeed imprisoned. Is this democracy?

People living in tyrant/corrupt/dysfunctional nation tend to realise that they are living in one. Isn't it a worry/worse if people living in such place don't realise and instead believing the opposite?
Steve on Aug 31, 2020:
Viccy's on the money, 'rude pushy anti social people'. I routinely get cut in front of when queueing for public transport and the hateful stares I constantly get from 50+ y/o males is frankly mystifying. What have I done to these bastards?!? (I'm a regular looking heterosexual caucasian, 35 years old)

Conversation usually boils down to a competition over who is 'correct'. You'll be bored in 10 minutes flat down the pub. There's a strange lack of morality too, like, everyone advertises loudly (and my GOD, the loudness!!) about doing the right thing but secretly their agenda is competition. On the outside it's 'good job man!' but on the inside it's 'now how do I destroy this guy?'...

It's proper mental out here.
#thoughts on Aug 30, 2020:
Ash don’t give up everything and make roots in Perth - give it a go first
PERTH ADVICE on Aug 29, 2020:
Like most jurisdictions, Western Australia has a criminal component to defamation.

Where a publisher knows that, or does not care whether, a statement is false and had the intention of causing serious harm, then they may be charged with criminal defamation.

Publishing a malicious defamatory statement may result in a fine of $12,000 and imprisonment for up to 3 years.

Defamation law is designed to protect all Australians from false or damaging statements being made about them that may cause harm to their personal or professional reputation.
Ash on Aug 28, 2020:
Born in Perth, left when I was 12, grew up in Sydney, moved to Finland for work and now due to move back to Perth. Reading these comments I'm frankly worried about Perth!
Anonymous on Aug 26, 2020:
This hard border IS a breach of human rights. Some people are taking a class action against the government for this. This has had a major impact on me personally, because I have a daughter in the Philippines. I missed her birthday. Also, she lives in an area where they have frequent communication and power blackouts. But I'm straying off subject, sorry.

Yes, the general consensus at the moment is that state premiers are all acting like little dictators. This is true. The COVID number we hear about in the media are vastly exaggerated. Also, the high majority of them are much older people, and as of yet, we have no real PROOF that they have died of COVID-19, only the word of some 'health ministers'. Let's remember also that here, many ministers swap a portfolio into something they have no experience in.

I have lived here most of my life, but after this debacle, I want out. Sorry to any Australians here who take offense to my actions. I want freedom, not dictatorship. I hold dual citizenship. I am re-applying for my British passport. Once it arrives, I will rescind my Australian citizenship, and passport. And if necessary, I will ask for assistance from Her Majesty's government to get me out of here.

Apologies for the long post. But one more thing for everybody......

Do a search for a webpage called FlightAware. Have a look late one night, and see how many planes are coming to Australia direct from China, 'underneath the radar'. They are even flying direct to Melbourne, and I thought the place was in a total lockdown?

I have so far contacted six ministers about this, with not a single reply. We are being duped, and our freedoms are being taken away from us. Don't stand for it.
Quarantine on Aug 25, 2020:
Am I the only who thinks this hard border is the most insane breach of human rights
Fanarkle on Aug 06, 2020:
The thing that drives me most mad......

Always hearing that Perth is the best city in the world from people who have never even left our shores.
Truth on Aug 04, 2020:
I witnessed the CFO of a mining company refuse to stand up and greet a Black African visitor or even acknowledge his existence... honestly pure scum of the earth
#10poundwhat on Jul 25, 2020:
They call you a stuck up toffee nosed Pom for having half a standard.. it’s so infantile you can’t believe it
John on Jul 18, 2020:
Perth is best state to live in , Sydney and melbourne both shiiit and Brisbane is almost the same becoming shiit . If you want a good life with your family move to perth
Bill on Jul 18, 2020:
I love the Perth and the people are all kind and beautiful
TheBoganKings on Jul 12, 2020:
Best place in the world if you like getting your ears blown out by fat retards with excessively loud engines every two minutes. No fucks given to anyone but themselves. Then again, they're far too basic and thick to comprehend the concept of other people, so it's not fair to be too harsh on them. 2 Fat 2 Furious.
Anonymous on Jun 28, 2020:
I’m glad to hear that I’m not alone with sharing Perth's positivity. I actually cannot remember the last time I fapped so hard. Like it has to have been years, I wish I was exaggerating...

Honest to god though, I feel like I'm about to cum. Being able to see the problem here, it’s just a recipe for disaster. (It’s my fault of course)

Occasionally I’ll still see myself in the mirror to keep the blood flowing but not enough to actually make me commit to the...you know. But the moment someone returns the favor, I can’t contain myself.

Anyways, thanks for coming to my ted talk. Just needed the attention.
Anonymous on Jun 28, 2020:
Perth is growing. I am genuine in wanting to find my niche in a career here. Isolation is hard. Like Scarborough beach area. Definitely need help in translating former skills from military/ civilian Logistics as civilian employees don't always have a recognition of prior learning scheme from USA. Redid my resume to try and better relate to jobs here based upon my overall experience. Got citizenship too.Work as a basic Freight officer. I saw chuck Norris on on video for dealing with Life challenges. It is very true. Fit. Work out in martial arts. I want to contribute to a positive overall way so I may use my full skills to advance in position and quality of life. Ladies here are definitely beautiful drop dead gorgeous for sure! I am hardworking and genuine in helping people as I feel it comes back to you in some way. Looking for real love to have a lovely Perth wife. Striving for self improvement and being positive.
Perth Driving on Jun 25, 2020:
Influence on Perth people are targeted so well that people take things personally behind the wheel. Like you are literally attacking an extension of who they are. The cost of new cars grossly overinflated the value of the car. This heap of plastic that was supposed to make them the powerful individual they were meant to be. It was supposed to make them free, with their music, they are setting the size and speed, they are a professional trucker or race car driver now in their new car. This car is the fastest and strongest they will ever be and you should not take that away from them.
bOgAn kNoWs bEsT on May 05, 2020:
Yeah! you tell'em Leo! We've lived in vast deserts, freezing cold wastelands, deep in treacherous bushes and all the dodgy third world countries. Yeah Nah Yeah, It may sound like our Australian backyard, the occasional bali or the beach, but i assure you, Perth is the greatest place on earth! Don't tell me about my knowledge in global demographics and ethnography, i follow my gut feeling to judge anyone or anyplace. That's how i ended up with my group of people that share my views and my views only. Come talk to amazing beautiful friendly people like me, and we can decide if you're a good fit. /s
Leo on May 02, 2020:
All you wingers complaining about Perth,no matter where you live you winge and complain all the time. I say to you get a life, go for a walk on the beaches,talk to people, Perth people are nice people, look in the mirror you are the problem, stop blaming everyboby else..I have lived in some of the most dangerous places on the planet and I love perth and its people so get a life and stop complaining.......Leo.........
Viccy on Mar 07, 2020:
Perth such a boring dull place filled with overpriced useless generic buildings and rude pushy anti social people. Was born and raised here 20 yrs ago Perth wasn't so bad people were nice too but that is all gone now and there ain't no go back to those times either! WA's economy is also in the dumps and employment is hard to come by.
Perth society on Mar 04, 2020:
Perth potentially in mass hysteria over COVID-19 virus. The panic causing more fear, malicious profit, blame, and hatred through misinformation.

Remain calm and help protect people against those who intend to use this situation as an excuse to spread blame, hatred and to target peoples ethnicity. The culprits can be held liable for their actions, provided by the evidence you have recorded and reported.
Thegirl on Feb 26, 2020:
Is there anywhere in Aus that is a balance between Sydney and Perth? A slower pace of life but not so mind numbingly dull?
Flipper on Feb 26, 2020:
I couldn't wait to leave Perth cos of the boredom but now I'm thinking of returning. Life is boring there but it is easy. Sydney is a rat race and you have to pay $21 just to park your car near the beach. I'm just after the simple Perth life now.
Jen on Feb 25, 2020:
I love the Perth beaches and weather but i never use it as an excuse to think I'm more superior then anyone else. It does not make any sense and it's just a disgusting sort of behavior for a Perth local.

I'm surprise that Perth locals still think it's OK to take advantage of any situation as an excuse to make a mockery or discriminate others and try to dismiss this sort of malicious behavior.

In reality, we Aussies are good people at heart and advice you to get evidence, report and gain legal advice to prevent discrimination in all qualities of life.
Lisa on Feb 24, 2020:
Response to #Declan coming back from a rat infested slum doesn't make Perth any better comparing a city I. A first world country to Make it seem better is seriously messed up then again that's what every perthite says to defend Perth always comparing Perth with third world slums to make you feel bad for hating this shithole!!
Jess on Feb 14, 2020:
Lived in Perth for 20 odd years and have now decided to make the jump and move to Bruny Island in June. Not that I don't like Perth but I'm hoping to get a breath of fresh air after all the hustle and bustle and stresses of big city life! I'll keep you posted how I go.
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2020:
Perth born and raised of Asian descent, lived here for over 30yrs. I can't really relate to the comments about Perth being really insular and racist, but that might be because I have lived in suburbs near to the city for the past 6 years which tend to be more multicultural and the people are more progressive and open minded. As long as you've got a decent job and a group of close friends, this city offers more the enough.

But I definitely can see having more negative experiences living in an area like Baldivis or some other outter suburb with not many people of colour.
Sam on Feb 12, 2020:
At least most of the negative comments are long and detailed with full experiences share. Those are very useful and much appreciated.
Anonymous on Feb 10, 2020:
Most of my good friends here in Perth are from overseas ie Africans, kiwis, taiwanese and from the eastern states. When it comes to me needing help in times of need, I know they will be there for me. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of my local Perth friends. They will NEVER ever help me out. An example of their behaviour. I needed help coz my car battery died and that person lived just 5 mins away, told me I was asking too much. They expect me to turn up to their birthday parties but won't turn up to mine. Honestly, it leaves such a bitter taste in my mouth almost Asif I am not a worthy person simply because I didn't grow up here. After chatting with my mates, I can see this pattern is quite common here. Not growing up or not being from Perth seems to be seen as a sin held against you. Stuff this place can't wait to get out
Nelly on Feb 08, 2020:
I have lived in Perth for most of my life. I can say some of the comments on here are relatable and definitely there is truth to that. It is very hard to find your place unless you completely give up everything you believe in and just exist as a Perthian. On the positive side I have encountered some lovely and friendly people that went out of their way in certain circumstances. It’s a beautiful city with heaven on earth beaches and it’s very clean. The traffic is generally low to moderate, however WA is a big state and distances are vast. So if you need to get from A to B it takes time. If you like summer and really dry, hot weather then Perth is the right place. Finding work has been harder and people can be sometimes strange, but overall it’s not a bad place to visit and live, even for a little while.
Tom on Feb 06, 2020:
You know that phrase 'If you encounter one arsehole then that person is probably an arsehole. If everyone you encounter is an arsehole then YOU are probably the arsehole?'

Well, Perth is the glaring exception to that rule.

It's a nice looking place, in a sterile, monochrome sort of way, but Dear God, the people are dreadful. It's not everyone to be fair however the insular, parochial bellend to normal person ratio in Perth is about the highest I've ever encountered. I've genuinely never met so many deeply unpleasant and hostile people in my life and I've travelled about quite a bit.

It's hard to put a direct finger on but the closest description I can give is that Perth is a City with the smallest of small town attitudes. That's probably unfair to small towns as I've lived in them too and and even they didn't come close to the levels of parochialism that you'll find in Perth but that's the best I can do.

It should also be said, the levels of casual racism, xenophobia and bullying that I witnessed in Perth simply would not be tolerated in most civilised cities. To say you have to see it to believe it is an understatement.

Australia has some great cities - this, categorically, is not one of them. Until Perth sorts out its deep-rooted bad attitudes and social failings, it's simply not worth your time.
Brian on Feb 05, 2020:
Perth is not perthect. Every city has its problems. There are good/bad/criminal people in every city where there are a lot of people living close together. If you don't understand that basic truth then I'm afraid I can't help any of you. This place has its problems but things are getting better and moving in the right direction again.
Daniel on Feb 05, 2020:
I moved to Melbourne in 2016 for a change of scenery with the intention of moving back one day. That day has come and gone. I was jubilant after the eagles won the 2018 grand final and decided to move back to Perth. I sold my car, packed up and moved back in December 2018. Got back and couldn't stand the vibe and mood of the people. Most people are polite and letting on but the reality is there is no soul and after 5 days, I bought a new used car and drove back to Melbourne. Nothing has changed and you wonder why Perth has a very high crime rate for its population compared to larger cities.
Left Perth on Feb 05, 2020:
Perth is a nice place but work wise nope...I left Perth a while ago coz im almost giving up and only got a casual job. Lost my savings and cant cope up with the expenses...applied to east and got some offer and now currently enjoying my new job with no stress like what i've been thru in Perth...lots of family around my neighborhood and schools are everywhere on my block..the public school structure are like private school...Glad i decided to move to Victoria which a lots of things to do and got bigger rented house near the city as same rent in south perth...i will visit perth as a tourist....those who say Perth they love it are the obe who been living there longer and how about the new comer do they have place for work?
Brian on Feb 04, 2020:
Honestly can't understand all these negative comments. Perth is a beautiful city. Like seriously tell me one place that is totally perfect, where you don't have to work, contribute to society and make friends.....
nazita m on Feb 03, 2020:
Hi, I just came across all these comments, and see that actually many people do like Perth. I am living in Dubai and I am totally done with all these rules, restrictions and Arabs)) I am really curious about Australia and I would like to move to Perth, as my finance has some friends over there so we won’t be like alone at least in the beginning . However I do not know anything about Perth except of some bloggers reviews and instagram pics lol , if someone could get in touch with me and tell the reality of life there and work over there I would be really happy to get all your suggestions and exchange of information about Dubai f.e ( if someone is interested)! My email: nazita.m@yahoo.com.
Declan on Jan 31, 2020:
After a trip to Senegal and rat infested slum Dharavi in Mumbai with 1 toilet for every 1000 people I am so glad to be back home in beautiful Perth. Reading these comments... it's just shocking how much people take for granted in this place!
Mel on Jan 28, 2020:
Came to Perth in 2003 from Darwin and have never looked back. The kids love all the open green space here. Sometimes on the weekend we get the kids in the 4WD with the boogie boards and hit the beach or chill out in the neck of the woods for a bonfire. My kids have both joined the local footy and cricket clubs and have made lifelong friends. Freo is always something special for a coffee catchup or fish and chips on the beautiful waterfront.
Melissa on Jan 28, 2020:
Came to Perth in 2003 from Darwin and have never looked back. The kids love all the open green space here. Sometimes on the weekend we get the kids in the 4WD with the boogie boards and hit the beach or chill out in the neck of the woods for a bonfire. My kids have both joined the local footie and cricket clubs and have made lifelong friends. Freo is always something special for a coffee catchup or fish and chips on the beautiful waterfront.
Jack on Jan 27, 2020:
I've lived here for 15 years. Perth is a beautiful city, but all there is to do is surf, shop at malls and get drunk on the weekends. If your interests don’t include beaches and booze, you will find it challenging to maintain a social life in Perth. Everything shuts at 5 pm, and it’s common for friends to live a $50 Uber away from each other, so it’s best you learn to enjoy your own company. Perth life is stunningly beautiful, but to find a sense of purpose and belonging, you will need to dig incredibly deep.
Bruce on Jan 25, 2020:
Honestly don't know what you are all on about. Beautiful weather, beaches, very walkable. There's so much to do -- but of course not if you're a boring person. I love my leafy suburb, my neighbours are simply the best. Couldn't imagine living anywhere else!
sandgroper on Jan 24, 2020:
I just came back from a company trip to Sydney and it was honestly such a breath of fresh air. It was great to actually meet normal people with basic manners who are exposed to different cultures. It was funny because my other colleagues from Perth (born and bred) all basically just kept to themselves in their little group, didn't really mix with the interstate peeps and just being fkn weirdos. It was a virtually perfect microcosm to show the cliquishness/narrow mindedness of Perth (or any isolated communities) and how they will act outside of their home ground. This trip has really hastened my resolve to GTFO of Perth for the rest of my young professional life. I will only consider coming back if I have kids or if I want to become an uncultured swine.
Claudio on Jan 24, 2020:
Without the money that arrive from Asia, Australia will be collapsed.
Hmmm on Jan 05, 2020:
Is everyone in Perth brain dead? Why are they so slow and vacant?
ADVICE FOR PERTH on Dec 26, 2019:
The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 - unlawful to discriminate against a person on the ground of race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin.
ADVICE FOR PERTH on Dec 26, 2019:
In Western Australia, 60.3% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 7.8%, New Zealand 3.2%, India 2.0%, South Africa 1.7% and Philippines 1.2%.

In Greater Perth (Greater Capital City Statistical Areas), 57.3% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 8.6%, New Zealand 3.2%, India 2.4%, South Africa 1.8% and Malaysia 1.5%.
Rick on Dec 23, 2019:
Brad sounds as though he has a strong grasp of global demographics and ethnography. The fact that you referred to Indigenous people using that term which I won't repeat is indicative of your ignorance.
Brad Beames on Dec 23, 2019:
Japan is for Japanese, Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians but Australia for everyone lol. We found this land tfrom abos.we have full rights on the land .
Rick on Dec 22, 2019:
Wow, some of the ignorant comments here are unbelievable. 'Anonymous' (Dec 20), you couldn't be more wrong. I'm a 6th generation Australian and I know that many, many Aussies like me welcome those of other cultures with open arms. You're sad, miserable outlook on life contributes nothing to this great nation and will end up in the dustbin of history, while the rest of the world unites in the success (and inevitability) of multiculturalism.

Brad (Dec 22), who are referring to when you say "us"??? Some specificity would really illuminate the position you're trying to put forth. Sounds as though you need to open your eyes.

I left Perth due to the ignorance, the bogan attitudes (with racism, a sense of entitlement and complete lack of basic manners among the key features), the lack of atmosphere within the BORING city that takes 5 minutes to drive through, the snobs who think they matter more because of where they live, the fact that a large number of touring bands and artists ignore Perth completely.

Perth is a HOLE and always will be. Please, all you idiots like 'Anonymous' and Brad, STAY THERE and die out slowly living three quarters of a mile from the surface of the sun.
Brad beames on Dec 22, 2019:
Australia is only for us . This is our land , Stop taking our jobs . I heard there is lot of jobs in Japan , China , kingkong , etc . I know it’s hard to open the eye , but if you open properly you will find jobs back there .
Anthony Evans on Dec 22, 2019:
Hi you all, I was in Perth in 2017 and I have never experienced anything like it in my life.
I'm 55, divorced, a parent to 3 beautiful people, ex police officer of 20 years that let me see loads of real stuff in life that included gender, colour, culture, hate, love, chaos and also allowed me to meet loads of people of all nationalities and cultures. I can honestly say that a high 90 percent of everyone I have ever met have been caring loving people. Who ever they are, whatever culture or colour of their skin.
But before I visited Perth I had never seen such a shallow culture.
Just like all the people from all different cultures and colours of people I had previously met, a high 90 degree of the people I met there were equally caring and loving people, and they were all white.
It was the siege mentality that made the difference.
White Australia is very young, indigenous Australia is ancient. Culturally there is no comparison. Aboriginal people have been in Australia for 10s of thousands of years, white people have been there for 200 years plus. Do you real think that just because an aboriginal person doesn't fit into the current trends, that they are less worthy than a white person?
Perth is all about showing how great white people (I am a white European man) are at building cities, infrastructure and wealth.
Dont you think that Asian people think the same? They want wealth just the same as white people. There is no difference and why should there be a difference? It seems to me that Aboriginal people dont aspire to cities, infrastructure and wealth, but so what, if I'm right it's their way, what's wrong with that? White people dont have the right to impose what we believe.
That's the problem, life isn't just about those shallow things. It's about who we are, where we have come from and how we live together today. But as far as my experience has shown me, to white people it is the only way.
It isn't.
Whoever we are we all want to feel ok, comfortable and as happy as we can make our lives to be.
I have studied the holocaust and nazi regime all of my adult life. I am telling you that imposition is not the best way to achieve peace, its acceptance of the fact that what ever form a person is, we are all equally human beings, and as such all deserve to be respected.
To me Perth is a prime example of a failing attempt at Utopia.
It doesn't exist. No one person has the answer, but the disdain I saw for Aboriginal and Asian people in Perth was screaming in my face. Its wrong and so the authorities and money people there need to change things. Otherwise your home town will always be uninspiring and dull.
Anonymous on Dec 20, 2019:
Civil War is coming to the West thanks to mass-immigration, well done dummies. You've no idea.
Anonymous on Dec 20, 2019:
Australian's have voted against mass-immigration since the nations founding, you are not now, nor will you ever be...welcome in the west. Nevermind Australia. Make your own nation less then a shithole instead of trying to turn the west into the shithole you come from.
Pete on Dec 13, 2019:
Anybody visiting this forum - you are NOT going insane, Perth really is a bizzare, sad and soulless place. The locals will look you in the eye and tell you you’re wrong but you are NOT. I have just left Perth and never felt better. For the sake of your soul get out as soon as you can. All the best
Ian on Dec 12, 2019:
Get me out of Perth.

I couldn't believe I was at a test match yesterday between Aus and NZ and the crowd you could almost count on one hand. Pathetic. Seriously though, a 60,000 capacity stadium and it didn't even exceed 20,000 throughout the day/night event. This is Australia and it's Summer. What is wrong with people in this place?

I just can't stand it anymore. There's rarely any atmosphere at major events like this in Perth. A huge new stadium and everywhere you look, empty seats. A city full of strange, backwards people. Get me out!
sir david attenborough on Dec 12, 2019:
Observe the very fine Perth specimen known as Brett Mitchell, who is displaying the typical traits of a Perth local of downright hostility and narrow mindedness characterising this city. For those of you thinking about moving to Perth, imagine a city full of people with his sort of mentality. Perth is a country town pretending to be a city. It is true about what people say about Perth, everybody knows everybody. Hence, the established social groups and hierarchies have been made lasting decades/generations which are incredibly resistant to change and young blood. As a result, you get a city where progress is slow and don't take kindly to newcomers/ ideas.

In the USA you have Latinos (Ted Cruz) and Asians (Andrew Yang) running to be the presidential nominees for their respective parties. That will never happen here in Australia, ESPECIALLY in a place like Perth. Even if you are a local of a different ethnicity or a migrant who arrived here at a young age, the locals will never allow "outsiders" to get into positions of power. What the racist douchebags on this thread like Brett fails to realise is that without younger migrants, Aus would be facing the same deflationary issues in Europe of ageing baby boomers and have an economy in the doldrums.
ADVICE FOR PERTH on Dec 10, 2019:
"The Western Australian Criminal Code makes aspects of racial harassment, and incitement to racial hatred criminal offences punishable by substantial jail terms."

"Most instances of discrimination or harassment constitute unlawful behaviour, rather than a criminal offence. As such, they are generally dealt with by lower authorities than the courts. It is the person experiencing the discrimination or harassment who normally has to initiate the action to seek some form of resolution."

"Incorporated associations can assist with this process by undertaking some proactive planning. For example, it is important for associations to have a policy (and grievance procedure) in place that deals with discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Training for employees and members about discrimination and harassment may also be necessary."
Brett to you on Dec 07, 2019:
By the way BRETT MICTCHELL... I think you are on the TOP of your job career...For your info if you are from the Top finance..Perth are selling their resources from ASIA, majority of International student here in PERTH are from ASIA so they pay tuition, your buying ASIAN product...your TV, fridge etc are made in ASIA...Do you have product made in Australia?Food... American, German, Canadian will not come here to Study..Perth survive from ASIAN economy...Without ASIANS economy here will be affected like what happen recently...think where your money come from if you are in the mining, schools, tourist and food product ... We are not so Perfect as you speak (English is not a career) but do you know American English well?... were trying to learn Australian language same way when you are in Asia or America but I think you will never learn ASIAN language specially if you are a RACIST....ASIAN are proud of adapting other language which we know American, English, Japanese, our own language and Arabic as well....East and north Australia are good with ASIAN... your trying to tell ASIAN that they should not live in PERTH seems your an old timer....lets see if ASIAN will stop buying resources from Perth how your life here.....Good luck
Brett to you on Dec 07, 2019:
Hey BRETT MITCHELL...some people who got a better jobs have some friends or they got a direct hiring here....most company here are hiring casual or part time job...you are a RACIST as you said ASIAN..I don't know how you got your citizenship or you might cheat which if you read in ENGLISH what you have pledge for you know how to respect others..It seems your the one who don't understand ENGLISH......If you are the original here seems you don't change your attitude...the one you so called Asian's are the hard working people who build this country not like a lazy person like you that are RACIST... from my experienced here in Perth which it is hard to get a descent job compare to east and north of Australia which I applied and they are not RACIST like you. I'm an Asian as well an Australian Citizen and followed not to be RACIST like you..To see is to believe as I'm right that there are racist like you here and the job opportunity are low in PERTH unless you have friends and contact from the company. Take note I've been on so many place and here is a dead end for me..Shame on you for being an Australian surely your the one on the top who are so lazy and bullying down the line. If you believe in Karma hopefully will happen to you so you know other feeling.... That's why I'm leaving this place co'z there are some people like you here....Go back to your hole.. Lets see once you lost your job how you will will feel about it..you don't know your future God can change your direction.... By the way it is unlawful BEING RACIST like you review the law...Racial Discrimination Act 1975...As you are a Racist never go to ASIA or BALI the only place Perth destination or you just rotting yourself here......Shame on you RACIST
Anonymous on Dec 07, 2019:
Here is the problem with Perth on full display............
Brett Mitchell on Dec 04, 2019:
Lots of people come to Perth looking for a better life. Many settle in well, if they share the same English speaking culture and ethnicity.

Asians for some weird reason feel entitled to all the best jobs and social contact having just arrived. It’s not going to happen.

Perth doesn’t need a bunch of whiny third worlders. I’d be very happy if all the Asians went back to where they came from.
The nowhere city on Nov 24, 2019:
Seriously, can't wait to leave this hole. 2020 and I'm gone. Went to the city this morning, tried Myer, no staff anywhere to help, shelves of sports gear all out of M size, then tried three other stores, same situation. Do ask the stores here let sizes run out before calling their Eastern States distributors? No food hall anymore at DJs. Typical Perth, can't make anything happen here. Seem to be more cops in the cbd now than patrons. After drinking my overpriced coffee I gave up. I'll wait till I get to a real city. What decent city would have people demanding free parking in the cbd just to shop there? Last I checked, it wasn't free in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, yet those cities are packed every day. Perth is half empty, what there is of it.
Perthsucks on Nov 24, 2019:
Whoever says Perth is a nice place and has nice people is delusional and lives in a Perth Bubble and has never left Perth in their life lol poor cunts
Jonny on Nov 22, 2019:
Hi Everyone...just to share to you my feelings moving here in Perth...I thought before that Perth was a good place to settle but I was wrong when I started to find an opportunity..even I tried to go door to door, by agency they will give me a crap job and they are rude I think because I am small and has a brown skin...the job interview here are too harsh for a small piece cheap job...they making the place beautiful but it still ugly inside which they forgot the job opportunity and just heard there are some corruption from the upper government leader....this is truly far from the east..even the Eastern side are not so clean they have a bunch of job waiting for you when you sell your experienced..but here in Perth rather than they support you they will make you like a dumb person..I don't know how their system here...you should be a dumbest or an addictthat graduated here just to get a job..They don't recognise your experience here from the other side of the world coz they only recognise I think that you graduated in their school so the way they thinking like an alien who can't understand new migrant or you will be cast away ...I think they don't want new comer here and they want to keep this place for themselves..any way i don't care about them enjoy their life here as I'm happy to move to the EASTERN PART of AUS even offer is not so high like the FIFO or executive here I will be happy on a full time job always plus lots of things to do busy busy busy exploring and don't want to die inside the box..
Craig on Nov 21, 2019:
Perth is one of those places that has a lot of lifestyle benefits and if you're fortunate to hold secure, ongoing employment, it can be a great place to get ahead. But you've got to get away from the place often enough or otherwise the parochialism, the negative attitudes and the lack of culture starts to wear you down.
Liam on Nov 21, 2019:
I've lived in Perth for more than 30 years and I'm not going to be too one-sided. Most cities have their pros and cons. Getting out of Perth for road trips is the best part about being here. There are so many beautiful places to visit. The city itself has become more exciting with Optus Stadium and a growing small bar scene. But the struggling economy still means that its quiet after 8:30pm most places and the CBD is quite mediocre at the best of times.

I'm leaving Perth for the Eastern states firstly because the WA economy is too restrictive. Yes, there's work if you focus on what you want and are patient enough to persevere for that entry level job. But over East, the opportunities are so much more abundant. I'm so sick and tired of the lack of job opportunities in Perth and it's not because I'm not competitive.

Secondly, I just want some adventure back in my life. When I was younger, I remember feeling a sense of adventure, like the world was my oyster. But gradually over the years, living in Perth has left me feeling frustrated and bored. It's only now that I'm realised that I need to get out of this place!

Perth misses out on a heap of entertainment and I don't mean just concerts. Melbourne and Sydney, even Brisbane, have a lot more going on in terms of sporting matches, festivals, night life. Public transport in Perth is dismal, with many bus services either ceasing or being hourly after 7pm. And while there's been talk for years and years and years about light rail into the city (Subi council brought it up again recently I think), it never happens. Just another talkfest.

Northbridge is also completely dismal in my opinion. I honestly don't understand why people even mention it when they talk about Perth's nightlife. There might be a few decent pubs and restaurants, but overall it's just embarrassing that this place gets put forward as THE place to go after hours. Next!

Anyway, obviously I'm not too keen on heading back to Perth anytime soon. I can't wait to leave and the way I feel right now, I wonder if I'll ever come back. I've had enough of it for the foreseeable future. Maybe will be back for the occasional holiday. I love the fishing here and the South West is a special part of the world. But I feel nothing, absolutely nothing for the city itself anymore. Dull and pathetic. It never changes.
perth blows 2 on Nov 20, 2019:
Of course, that is not to say that Perth doesn't have its upside. Contrary to what people say, Perth is not boring. It has a good small bar scene, great beaches, growing food scene, tons of road trip options, Swan valley, parking is generally a non-issue, and loads of outdoor activity options. However, none of these plus points can overcome the fact that something is missing here, and that is a soul. Making superficial friends is easy, but real, deep connections are almost impossible unless you went to high school here or become part of an inner circle in uni. Unless you have several local connections, be prepared to be ignored and treated like wallpaper in social events. Again, I'm not saying that Perth is devoid of good people. Of course there are, but to say that people are not influenced by their environment is sheer folly. Do you think a person growing up in New York vs a rural Alaskan town would not have experienced life differently will have a different perspective in life and will behave differently as a result???
Perth blows on Nov 20, 2019:
Perth is a great place to study as it has very few distractions and quite a healthy lifestyle. However, if you want to start a career and a life here as a non-caucasian migrant I would advise against it. People here have a serious case of tall poppy syndrome and will perceive anyone with talent/ambition as a threat, especially if that person is not a local and ESPECIALLY if that person is young and from a migrant background. It manifests itself as passive-aggressive bullying, exclusion, and just all-round nastiness. Why does it happen? Perhaps it's just the sheer level of insularity and isolation multiple generations of locals have gone through. I mean if you never had to adapt in your whole life to change whether socially or workwise, it can be very easy to become complacent and get away with behaviours that will not fly elsewhere. It is a scarcity mentality and your best bet is to not rock the boat and keep your head low.

It seems to me that the people defending Perth on this thread are either locals, from rural WA, or Caucasian migrants from other developed countries coming to retire/already have a job lined up here. It doesn't surprise me that they can't seem to empathise or conceptualise the issues being brought forward on this thread such as the cliquish behaviour, resistance to change, exclusion, difficulty in forming deep relationships/friendships, and racism (both subtle and overt) being experienced by what seems to me to be primarily non-Caucasian migrants. A good metaphor is that it's like trying to describe colour to someone who is blind, an almost impossible task.
New Comer on Nov 20, 2019:
Good Side of Perth
- Clean, some beautiful park, lots of car sale, lots of dog bla bla bla
- Road Construction and some new buildings going on
- Some nice Beaches
- Good weather but dry
- A small city in the middle of W.A
- greenery
- Good to visit for a holiday
- Westfield shopping mall
- vineyard at the hill
- new bridge at the Elizabeth Quay but I thought it was connecting the 2 side of the river because of the
good presentation in Youtube.
- good to visit as a tourist
Ugly Side of Perth that has not been mention or seen on Youtube etc
- Hard to get a job
- not good to live for a migrant or new comer
- Traffic jams are now starting that has not been mention again in Youtube
- High cost of traffic violation
- lots of bogan in the city
- Need more savings till you find hopefully a full time job
- mostly jobs are casual, part time
- the jobs now a days require multitasking but same salary for a one responsibility from the eastern side
of Australia
- Most people are stubborn they look at you like a low life coz they are the long timer residence
- some crazy driver will shout on you at the high way
- positive comment here I think they living here for a long time so they are the one who's controlling the
company and to pass it to their relatives and their children to sit on the top so no room for the new
- Annoying University HR and some private company
- new comer are not so welcoming only few company may contact you on a casual basis jobs or in low salary
- they are busy here making more money FIFO and businesses and finding cheap labour
Mostly the comment in the Youtube are too positive that PERTH was so beautiful (making money to the Youtube viewers)...Your right it was so beautiful but how about finding a job...try to live here as a new comer without any job offer and then tell us about your story..Good to experienced living in Perth try and come if your lucky that's good...
Leon on Nov 20, 2019:
Yeah the place is good to visit Michael, just don’t hang around too long!!
Michael on Nov 19, 2019:
The stats made me think Perth is a good place, same with my visit, bit these comments, they've really convinced me that wa is today own country
Dave on Nov 18, 2019:
"Hey! What did you do over the weekend?"
"Ar not much this n that"
"Oh right a quiet one, much planned next weekend?"

"Got any trips or holidays booked?"
"Yeah nah we were thinkin Bali or Tassie. But we got everything we need here"
"Right. What goes on in Tassie?"
"Ah nothin really"

Bullet please
Dead end on Nov 18, 2019:
Everyone in Perth have their own tribes ..If your new here ... you may out of place ... some comment I saw in their tourism that Perth are one of the friendliness state umm in my dream dont smile or greet them they will turn you down... they said Perth is a good place to work ummm in my dream again I can't find a job here ... they said swan river was so beautiful ummm you cant even put your feet on the water coz its contaminated with bacteria and lots of jelly fish....They said the rent is cheap ummm unless you live away from the city ... never ever make mistake on the road or else the police will fine you 2x than the other state thats their income..I remember when I got a violation police told me it will be 2x compare to other state which they immediately explain to you..tried to help in an accident they don't bothered about your kindness.. the person who says Perth is good ..I think he they are the one who never encountered any issue coz he/she was on the top of the ladder and the one whos bullying new comer so he enjoy life... If you are looking for a job here for months decide as earliest as possible to move interstate....schools here will never hire you they want a super intelligent person even as a coordinator or cleaner and gardener..don't let Perth turn you down move out or else your life will be ruin.... i'm still wondering they saying so much positive about Perth but when your in and trying to settle your self you will feel your different from them and finding a job was not so easy it is like 1 job equivelent to 100 applicant...and the worst thing the way they inerview is like your under interrogation it is like a mind toture... you feel your dumb even you have a lots of experience and can adapt.... they will try to strip your brain till you feel your not qualified...when I left Perth i never look back ..i just wish it is just a dream for me and i waste my time looking for an opportunity, my money and my life in Perth has been a mess up... Perth is trying to showcase their lifestyle but i think only rich people can live here till they drain their wealth... it is better to live in the east and north at least there are lots of place to go and lots of job to choose..wrong move I've done living in Perth it is just a brick wall with no life on it....Now I'm free the chain of desperation are gone, happy and got a good job and friendly co-worker from the east ...a big move i done but it is worthy and my son told me he didnt enjoy the school in Perth...To my fellow immigrant never migrate in PERTH if you dont have a good offer and if you lost your job thats the start of your journey in hell ..it will just ruin your life...
Extremely Unhappy on Nov 18, 2019:
To see is to believe...if your a migrant dont't move to Perth...better go to Geelong, Melbourn, Sydney or QLD. Big mistake i giveup my job in QLD and move here thougth it was a good place to work.,It sucks all my savings while looking for a job for 9 months...some people say you need a friend, relative inside the company to be able to get a good job...stay away to the place you will ruin your life...beautiful place but behind on it there is a dark side of it...I tried to find again a job elswhere when infeel depression walaaa got most of the offer and interview outside Perth or WA...I'm an engineer but got casual job as a cleaner...most job here needs a bunch of certificate as they lazy to train new comers even in a casual or part time job and HR here i dont know if they are professional or just looking for the cheapest employee if you tell them your salary bracket. Too much tempting job opportunity at seek.com indeed.com etc but reality nobody will call you and cant go around as most multi company has a security access but if you send your CV interstate surely somebody will call and I think employer her doing formality sake that they are hiring not their friend ummm. I got an interview but the job is working all around from service to warehouse to paper works that you need to do but salary wise same salary as working on a service in short multi tasking job ...lesson learn make sure you got a job offer before coming to Perth. You already isolated the worst thing first person to leave the company are asian as i met some while tried to learn first aid, and some crazy certificate just to find a job..First impression in Perth is a clean place but on the other side you will suffer if you don't bring some of your savings and the people around you they dont bother. Love to stay but nop i bump my head and realize im broke and im depressed.when you lost your job here be prepare for the worst next thing you need to process your newstart allowance which you need many documents etc. before they approve it...i travel around Perth at first i was too excited but then I found there is a dead end at the north which i found so quite and the south side no much tourist around which most people are in the so called Kings park...As i said before you move think triple times before moving to W.A or Perth or else you will ended like me...

Some of you here are lucky to experience working on a company here even you have been bully at work but me even a single chance to work on job i applied never happen and if your a cleaner you should hurry to finish the job so 3 to 4 hours a day on a casual job. This are base on my experienced...by the way if your an student visa I heard from one of the guy who move to Tasmania he cant apply for an immigrant from Perth so he move to Tasmania which he can get....

By the way people who said here that Perth is good are the one who already has establich themselves and on the top if the company or have their business or the one bullying new comer ....the people mostly complaining are the one who is trying to settle here like me to enjoy a simple piece enjoyment but has not been given a chance which is obvious which they can see your CV as lower priority first they give to their friends, relative or they will offer you cheap and no choice to grab it..,

goodluck to the new comer or immigrant or the one finding an opportunity and student wants to be an immigrant...goodbye Perth I'm moving to Victoria...
Pete on Nov 10, 2019:
The absolute worst people on earth. You can't do anything interesting because then you're a "tall poppy" but then if you get depressed from no one supporting you then you're a "whinger". Just infuriatingly stupid people. I blame the weather, "been out in the sun too long" is an old tymey phrase but it applies to the entire population of Aus.

The way the sun burns you is different to the rest of the world too, I think the hole in the ozone layer is directly over Aus. Also the anti-Asian feeling from the evil whites there is also infuriating, because Australia is literally in Asia. If all your neighboring countries are asian ones, you are in asia, dumbass! There's also barely anyone living there, Australia should have 100 million people there but racists hate immigration.

Lastly, if a person is white and proudly multi-generational Australian, there's a chance of inbreeding in their family tree. Just look at them. They look a little off.
CHARLES on Nov 08, 2019:
Honestly it's enough, there is a world thats says there is no harm in trying, but with the comments I have read so far in this page is enough reason for me to reconsider my move to peth, as I migrant from UAE. I can't risk my peace of mind and happiness for so called SAERCHING FOR GREENER PASTURES.i will be fly to Australia next week probably Melbourne.
shane on Nov 06, 2019:
Yeah couldnt agree more with Diana. It really makes no sense how the locals here are so hostile to anyone they perceive as outsiders or who are different. The level of narrow mindedness on display in Perth really is next level
Diana on Nov 05, 2019:
I think that what all the negative comments have to do with is the extreme self-isolation of multiple-generation Perthites. According to what all people have told me, these people have never even thought of serious travel or moving out of Perth. They see people from outside of Perth (both "overseas" and what they call "over East") as people that threaten to shatter their image of Perth as a cosmopolitan city (what a joke!) and general paradise, which justifies the lack of all interest for the outside world. As an immigrant I have been actually accused of my "cosmopolitanism", which in Perth has negative connotations and, The most painful thing for someone who has travelled the world a bit and wants to maintain connections abroad, especially in professional life, is the adamant self-isolation of Perthites. Without this passionate self-isolation is the main contributor to Perth's insularity.
Anonymous on Oct 21, 2019:
Before moving to perth, I read this same page 2 years ago and thought people are just venting and ranting on the internet. I can almost confirm that what Mila has experienced happens with a lot of Asians here. I have worked in several countries before and have never seen so much bullying, ganging up and passive-aggressive harassment at work. It's pretty much a norm here to the extent it can damage your mental health. People are extremely rude and cliquey..Most of immigrants and foreigners that I know here feel very lonely and excluded. I agree the beaches are gorgeous here. If you have your social circle and find good work then one can live here. I just came back from queensland and found people to be open there..The Uber driver who was an international student told me how some Aussie customers treat him like scum, especially drunk women.
ohdearr on Oct 21, 2019:
People from WA take great pleasure in their ignorance - and smirk at anybody who knows better. They are embarrassing and they don't even know it!!!
Busybee on Oct 19, 2019:
I was planning to study in Perth. But, as I’m an international student now I’m afraid to do so.
Mila on Oct 12, 2019:
As a woman, I can relate to most of these negative experiences. I've been bullied, abused and harassed to death at work by an insecure as hell racist woman. People at work (men and women) would witness everything through glass doors, but nobody would bother lift an eyelid let alone ask if I were ok. When went to HR, got told they wanted to 'protect' the bully. Finally left that place, and Perth altogether. Primary reasons for leaving is the unbelievable level of hostility from people - specially women. It seemed that all opportunities were reserved by colleagues for colleagues who were entitled with 'I'm blonde, from Perth so I can do no wrong' privileges. Absolutely disgusting place. Not to mention the rudeness from women literally everywhere you go. Women in Perth are the most hostile I have ever come across - and I have lived in the UK, Europe and Asia, never came across such rude and bitter women. Almost all abuse I experienced in Perth came from white women, who were either (a) "I'm white 35 year old and entitled to everything including the entitlement to abuse you with my gang at work" kind of racist or (b) old women who were generally bitter at life. Either way, Perth is an isolated scum of the earth. Do not come to Perth with high hopes related to work and education. Do a favour for your mental health, save money and have a peace of mind elsewhere.