The suburb is named after a family of prominent merchants who commenced business after arriving in the Swan River colony. John Bateman built a general store in Fremantle and he became postmaster at Fremantle in 1833. In 1968 as part of the skilled migration to Perth the government invested and built the Noalimba Reception Centre that welcomed new migrants to the area. Some of the original development in the northern section of Bateman are small duplex style homes, that were perfect for newly migrated families.

The suburbs sits to the west of the freeway nestled between Leach Hwy, South St and Murdoch Drive and offers close proximity to both Murdoch & Bull Creek train station, the Murdoch Medical Enclave including Fiona Stanley & St John of Gods Hospital. There are two primary schools: Bateman Primary School; Yidarra Catholic Primary School and a private secondary high school, Corpus Christi College and is serviced by 2 state secondary schools of Rossmoyne & Leeming High Schools.