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The Engine Room for Growth? Steven Bond-Smith, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Kenneth Leong, Ha Nguyen, Rachel Ong ViforJ The 2015 Federal Budget referred to small businesses as the ‘engine room’ of the economy. Australia’s changing economic landscape means that governments are placing greater emphasis on the important role of small businesses for growth and employment. This is not... Read article 26 May 2017Focus on WA Read More
Back to the future: Western Australia’s economic future after the boom Alan Duncan, Grace Gao, Ha Nguyen, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Yashar Tarverdi In 2014 the first report in the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s Focus on Western Australia series highlighted the abnormally high growth rate enjoyed by the state in the early years of the new millennium. This extended period of economic growth was driven primarily... Read article 20 October 2016Focus on WA Read More
Keeping a roof over our heads Alan Duncan, Amity James, Kenneth Leong, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Steven Rowley Housing cost pressures continue to dominate as a key concern among Western Australian households, despite a general shift towards more favourable housing market conditions in Western Australia in recent years. Housing affordability estimates have not trended in the same direction... Read article 3 May 2016Focus on WA Read More
Securing our Future Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Ha Nguyen, Rachel Ong ViforJ Western Australia’s population is growing older. The median age of West Australians is set to increase from 36 years today to 40 years by 2050. During that time the proportion of West Australians aged 65 and over is projected to... Read article 18 November 2015Focus on WA Read More
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright? Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong, Yashar Tarverdi There is a general sense of unease with the recent slowdown in China’s economic growth. Large businesses and the State’s finances have suffered as a result. But is China the ‘be all and end all’ of the focus on Western... Read article 30 September 2015Focus on WA Read More
The Costs of Doing Business in WA Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Grace Gao, Yashar Tarverdi The cost of doing business in Western Australia has long been a rhetoric heard and discussed throughout the state, with increased economic activity in recent times exacerbating the issue. The geography of the state, with its capital – Perth, one... Read article 31 July 2015Focus on WA Read More
Workforce and Skills Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Grace Gao, Kenneth Leong, Astghik Mavisakalyan The resources industry has been the driving force behind Western Australia’s remarkable economic trajectory over the last two decades, delivering billions of tonnes of iron ore to steel mills around the world. WA has prospered, wages have soared and unemployment... Read article 31 August 2014Focus on WA Read More
Housing Affordability Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Grace Gao, Amity James, Kenneth Leong, Sanna Markkanen, Steven Rowley The cost of housing in Western Australia has been a recurrent theme in discussions in West Australian homes, businesses and the policy environment. A long held perception is that housing affordability in the state has spiralled out of control, with... Read article 30 April 2014Focus on WA Read More
Sharing the Boom Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Grace Gao Along with its relaxed lifestyle and beautiful beaches, Western Australia is arguably most recognised for the riches to be found under its red earth and clear blue oceans. International demand for iron ore, and the strength of China as a... Read article 28 February 2014Focus on WA Read More