The Kimberley region is the most northern non-metropolitan region in Western Australia and gathers unique diversity from its close proximity to South-East Asia, the Pilbara region, the central desert and the Northern Territory. The region covers an area of 421,451 square kilometres, representing approximately 16.3 per cent of the state’s total area, and is nearly twice as large as the State of Victoria. The region is categorised into two main areas:
The Kimberley region has an estimated resident population of about 35,000 which represents an increase of around 5500 since 2006 (Census 2011). ABS data shows that almost half of the people live in the Shire of Broome (44%), followed by the Shires of Derby/West Kimberley (24%), Wyndham/East, Kimberley (22%) and the Shire of Halls Creek (10%).
Children have high levels of vulnerability on the Australian Early, development Index domains