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Diversification and ‘going green’ key to changing WA trade outlook — WA’s international trade added $16,200 to average household incomes in 2022 — — Free trade agreements have increased Australian exports by $472 billion — — Rising levels of protectionism pose risks to economic growth — — WA ranks 12th... Read article 21 July 2023Media Releases Read More
Housing affordability is deteriorating, and there’s no end in sight — Rising interest rates have tripled loan delinquency among new mortgage holders — — Private rental affordability unlikely to improve in 2023 — — More funding needed for social housing and homelessness services — — Housing supply remains a major... Read article 5 May 2023Media Releases Read More
Cultural tourism, international marketing and housing affordability key to revival of WA tourism sector — Diversified and unique visitor experiences will drive a sustainable tourism strategy for WA — — WA recapturing high-spend international visitors crucial to sector recovery — — Housing affordability and labour shortages impacting regional tourism — — Regional residents recognise... Read article 3 March 2023Media Releases Read More
Mining companies are shifting their focus to supporting employee well-being A new Curtin-led report has found that Australian mining companies have a stronger focus on the physical health and safety of employees compared to employee mental health and well-being, followed by a respectful workplace culture. The report, prepared by the... Read article 26 November 2022Media Releases Read More
Greater gender balance across industries key to closing pay gap — New report provides first analysis of gender pay gap by postcode — — Insights confirm gender segregation across industries key driver of pay gap — The seventh edition of the BCEC|WGEA Gender Equity Insights series released today by the... Read article 20 October 2022Media Releases Read More
Untapped local labour resources crucial to easing skills and jobs shortages — WA prone to skills shortages due to isolation, remoteness of worksites and volatility of resource industry and economy — — At least 40,000 Western Australians unemployed each month and number of vacancies over 60,000 – — WA’s economy has... Read article 9 September 2022Media Releases Read More
Report card shows progress for more women in the workforce — New women’s report card provides insight into the status of women in 2022 — — Proportion of women on State Government Boards and committees is now 52.5 per cent — — Women in the workforce at 64.5 per cent... Read article 4 August 2022Media Releases Read More
Measures of overcrowding need to consider more than just the number of occupants in a home: report There is a disconnect between current measures of overcrowding and actual experiences of excessive density in Australian housing, according to new AHURI research. The research, ‘How many in a crowd? Assessing overcrowding measures in Australian housing’, undertaken for AHURI by... Read article 28 July 2022Media Releases Read More
JobSeeker and Commonwealth Rent Assistance reform urgently needed to lift up to 1 million Australians out of severe poverty — High rental costs leave many with less than $150 per week after housing costs – — 11.8 per cent of population including nearly 750,000 children live in poverty – — One in five people living in poverty are in... Read article 1 March 2022Media Releases Read More
Pandemic increases loneliness among Australians with adverse health outcomes costing up to $2.7 billion per year — Young people, particularly women, hardest hit by loneliness during pandemic — — More risk-taking behaviours during pandemic due to mental, physical health decline — — Digital interactions no substitute for face-to-face — — Public trust in government boosted during... Read article 19 November 2021Media Releases Read More
Indigenous culture, performing arts and emerging technologies keys to strengthening creative industries in WA — WA’s creative economy lagging behind the rest of the country — — WA arts sector has withstood the impact of COVID-19 better than eastern states — Released today by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, the Creativity at the Crossroads?... Read article 24 September 2021Media Releases Read More
Housing affordability divide grows between owner-occupiers and renters — WA third among states for annual growth in price of established homes — — 100,000 WA renters at risk of major financial impact from rent rises — — First home buyers big winners from government assistance — Housing affordability... Read article 24 June 2021Media Releases Read More
Over a quarter of a century until gender pay gap likely to close — Consistency is the key to implementing gender equality policies and practices — — Mining sector the big improver in gender equality practices — — Regular pay gap audits lead to faster closing of managerial pay gaps — A new... Read article 25 March 2021Media Releases Read More
Late payments drive stress for WA small business owners during COVID-19 — Greater infrastructure support needed to boost regional small businesses — — Small businesses had high hopes for a strong 2021 economy — Almost a quarter of Western Australian small businesses are impacted by late payments of 30 days or... Read article 5 February 2021Media Releases Read More
Report finds creating a more sustainable WA would boost jobs and economy — Greener industries to deliver 55,000 jobs to WA workers — — Sustainable measures could save WA households $681 per year — Creating a more sustainable or ‘green’ state would deliver 55,000 jobs, 49,000 of which would be in regional... Read article 12 November 2020Media Releases Read More
Inequality drives deep divide between Australian children — More than one third of disadvantaged children not attending preschool — — One in five WA children under five living in poverty — Children living in the most disadvantaged communities across Australia are far less likely to attend the... Read article 27 August 2020Media Releases Read More
More women at the top proves better for business — Profitability, performance and productivity increase under female leadership — — Female top-tier managers add 6.6 per cent to market value of ASX companies — — Female leadership will help businesses thrive in a post-COVID world — As Australia moves... Read article 18 June 2020Media Releases Read More
New report finds more work needed to close Indigenous retirement gap Streamlining the process for Indigenous Australians facing hardship to access their superannuation early and with fewer penalties may help to improve their retirement outcomes, a new report has found. The report, released today by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC)... Read article 9 June 2020Media Releases Read More
The urgent need to embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture This article first appeared in The Border Mail. Successive Australian governments have grappled with “Closing the Gap” on Indigenous disadvantage. Like many First Nations peoples, Indigenous Australians face poorer psychological well-being, physical health and socioeconomic outcomes than their non-Indigenous counterparts.... Read article 5 December 2019Media Releases Read More
Study finds Indigenous culture boosts children’s outcomes Indigenous children who are taught about their traditional culture by their parents are better equipped to overcome stress and more likely to thrive later in life, new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre research has found. The research, published in the International... Read article 25 November 2019Media Releases Read More
Rise in migrant workforce boosts wages for Australian workers Eliminating the skills mismatch of qualified migrants in Australia through improved jobs matching and better education and training could deliver $6 billion to the Australian economy each year, a new report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) today... Read article 1 November 2019Media Releases Read More
New report identifies 163,000 new jobs for WA workers Diversifying the State’s economy to develop emerging new sectors including defence, lithium, big data and tourism would create more than 163,000 new jobs in Western Australia within the next five years, a new report released by the Bankwest Curtin Economics... Read article 30 August 2019Media Releases Read More
Greater support needed for women pursuing careers in STEM, study finds Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are facing barriers that require attitude changes and additional support – such as scholarships and tax breaks – in order for Australia to truly benefit from more women in the... Read article 3 July 2019Media Releases Read More
Housing stress easing for home owners but still an issue for renters — Rents not falling in line with WA’s softening housing market — — Policy intervention is required to generate a sustained supply of affordable housing — Low-income earners and single parents are among the Australian households who are regularly struggling... Read article 31 May 2019Media Releases Read More