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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
Aussie students impacted by inequality of their family’s origins: study The gender stereotypes and cultural norms of a child’s family heritage impacts their academic performance in Australian schools, research led by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre shows. The research, published in The Australian Educational Researcher, compared 2015 Programme for International... Read article 22 May 2019Media Releases Read More
Equal share of female managers on the horizon, but next century for CEOs — Women breaking through the glass ceiling earn $162k less than men — — Employer-paid parental leave a key driver in mothers returning to work — The highest paid men in Australia are being paid at least $162,000 more than... Read article 1 March 2019Media Releases Read More
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
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
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
One in two Australians believe autonomous cars will reduce crashes — National survey shows men are more likely to embrace autonomous vehicles — — Three in four see greater mobility benefits for elderly and those with disabilities — About half of Australians believe autonomous vehicles will reduce crashes, emissions and... Read article 5 July 2018Media Releases Read More
Small changes could make WA more ‘China-ready’ for tourists — Limited trading hours, internet access and language the biggest barriers — — Chinese tourists in WA generally younger, have more money to spend — Western Australia’s biggest spending tourism market – Chinese visitors – frequently suggested that extending retail... Read article 25 June 2018Media Releases Read More
Precarious employment rising rapidly among men: research — Women fare better than men in employment opportunities — — Australians require new skills to thrive in workplaces of the future — Precarious employment over the last nine years has increased for both men and women, but more rapidly... Read article 12 April 2018Media Releases Read More
Negative gearing reforms can save $1.7 billion, new research shows — Negative gearing reforms can work without hurting ‘mum and dad’ investors– — Existing discounts are skewed towards the more affluent – Reforming negative gearing can save the Australian Government more than $1.7 billion each year without hurting ‘mum and... Read article 7 March 2018Media Releases Read More
Pay gaps close when leaders see the numbers More Australian employers taking action to close gender pay gaps Action three times more effective when data reported to executive or board  Australian employers that measure their gender pay gaps are making positive progress in closing gaps between women’s and... Read article 2 March 2018Media Releases Read More
Innovative jobs can help overcome disability and poverty link: report Australians with disabilities have the highest poverty risk of all OECD countries Families are the drivers of emerging employment models that are having success Adults with intellectual disabilities and high support needs are commonly denied access to employment but their... Read article 15 February 2018Media Releases Read More
Cost of living pressures easing in Perth, but not for all — Sydney the most expensive capital in Australia, Perth comes in fifth — — Single parents spending less on health and more on housing — — Wages in WA keeping pace with cost of living — The average West Australian... Read article 1 December 2017Media Releases Read More
Over half of WA’s skilled migrants are working in lesser jobs: survey — Mental health and wellbeing impacted by under-employment of skilled migrants — — Changes recommended to help new migrants settle in Australia — More than half of surveyed skilled migrants are working in lower-skilled jobs in Western Australia than before... Read article 21 November 2017Media Releases Read More
Tackling ‘NIMBY’ fears key to WA’s innovative housing future — Infill housing development is on the rise, but still below target — — Numerous examples of good design and sustainability practice exist across Perth — Addressing the ‘Not In My Back Yard’ concerns of neighbours early in the development... Read article 20 October 2017Media Releases Read More
Substantial growth in Airbnb supply and demand in WA: new report — Airbnb hotspots in riverside and seaside Perth suburbs and South-West region — — Tourism stakeholders see opportunity and potential threat in Airbnb phenomenon — The number of West Australians listing accommodation on Airbnb has increased by more than 50... Read article 6 October 2017Media Releases Read More