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More than 50% of rural West Australians are volunteers — Shortage of volunteers in rural WA and further decline to come — — Volunteer burnout a real risk to regional organisations relying on volunteers — Western Australia’s rural communities are more actively engaged in volunteering than their city counterparts,... Read article 26 February 2019Media Releases Read More
Australia’s low-paid workforce a threat to wages growth This article first appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Australia is building one of the biggest low-paid workforces in its history, with serious consequences for the economy and wages. Carers – aged care, childcare and disability care workers – have... Read article 27 December 2018 Read More
Aged care workforce not keeping up with high care demand — WA health sector third biggest contributor to the economy — — Increase in healthcare workers in psychological distress — — WA receiving less Federal health funding than other states — Lower paid and lower skilled personal care workers are... Read article 7 December 2018Media Releases Read More
Bankwest and Curtin extend partnership for economic research centre Bankwest and Curtin University have renewed the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) partnership for a further four years. The partnership, which was extended this month, will enable the BCEC to continue to build its growing international reputation as a leading,... Read article 28 November 2018Media Releases Read More
Nature, food and wine draws Asian visitors to Australia’s South West Social media experiences should be built into food, marine and wildlife tourism activities offered to Asian visitors in order to boost the number of tourists to Australia’s South West, new research by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, South West Development Commission... Read article 23 October 2018Media Releases Read More
Income and wealth affect the mental health of Australians, study shows Australians who have higher incomes and greater wealth are more likely to experience better mental health throughout their lives, new research led by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre has found. The research, published in the journal Health Sociology Review, examined... Read article 16 October 2018Media Releases Read More
Rental uncertainty and affordability problematic for private renters — Over one-third of single parent renters reported discrimination — — Tax incentives for landlords recommended to deliver subsidised rentals — Private renters, particularly older and low-income households, say uncertainty over their leases and affordability pressures are a major issue... Read article 9 October 2018Media Releases Read More
‘Just like home’. New survey finds most renters enjoy renting, although for many it’s expensive One in every four Australian households rents, and it’s not just those on low incomes. A new nationally representative survey of 3,182 renters, funded by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, finds that while 60% of renting households have a household... Read article 9 October 2018The Conversation Read More
Most vulnerable households worried about summer energy bills: survey Two-thirds of vulnerable customers were financially better off under an alternative energy pricing product trialled in regional Western Australia by Horizon Power during the 2016-17 summer period, the latest Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre research shows. The new product also has... Read article 27 September 2018Media Releases Read More
Study shows adult kids who get parental cash aren’t happier or healthier Adult children who have access to the ‘bank of mum and dad’ do not exhibit better health and wellbeing than those who do not receive financial support from their parents, new research led by Curtin University has found. The research,... Read article 13 September 2018Media Releases Read More
Programs for teens with autism should promote strengths — Program facilitators with shared interests crucial to program success — — Peer mentoring key to building confidence, new skills — The unique strengths of adolescents with autism – including attention to detail, loyalty and memory skills – should be... Read article 11 September 2018Media Releases Read More
A quarter of the poorest Western Australians do not access the internet — 69 per cent of very remote households in Australia connected to the internet — — Micro businesses more likely to earn most of their income online — — 61 per cent of those aged 65+ access the internet —... Read article 2 August 2018Media Releases Read More