WA Economy

While the Western Australian economy has had a sustained period of continuous economic growth, successive governments, policy-makers, businesses and individuals continue to grapple with the policy dilemmas of a changing economic landscape, slow productivity growth, and disruptive technologies.

This research theme aims to provide insights into the changing WA economy, based on the most up-to-date data and independent research, to ensure economic agents can better understand the complexities of the economy, its growth trajectory as well as future growth opportunities and challenges.

The WA Economy research theme also provides a monthly update on WA’s labour market within an Australian context, with our BCEC Monthly Labour Market Updates. A detailed WA economic update is also available through the BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary. These outputs ensure analysis on critical economic indicators is available on a regular and frequent basis.

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BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – June 2019 Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA, as at Q2 2019. This quarter we see that falling private sector investment continues to drag the WA economy into negative growth territory,... Read article 26 July 2019Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – March 2019 Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar – Fragility lingers for the WA economy – – Show me the money: Wage growth a key culprit for sluggish household consumption growth – – Dwelling approvals improve – but all else is not equal in the housing sector – This Western... Read article 10 April 2019Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – February 2019 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the February 2019 edition of the BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update. Produced monthly, this economic commentary explores the latest labour force data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), providing expert insights and analysis around key labour market indicators. We’ve also... Read article 30 March 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
The social and economic sustainability of WA’s rural volunteer workforce Kirsten Holmes, Amanda Davies, Leonie A. Lockstone-Binney Volunteering is critical to the survival and success of rural communities in Western Australia (WA). The past two decades have seen an increase in the community services delivered by volunteers and demand on the volunteer workforce has intensified. Yet, according to data collected... Read article 26 February 2019Feature Read More
Enhancing niche tourism Kerry Brown, Subas Dhakal, Mirjam Wiedemann, Lisa Daniel This research builds a profile and understanding of the capacity of regions to benefit from extending their traditional industrial base to include value-added niche activities. These investigations into locally based agri-food systems and niche tourism deliver research findings to support goals to capitalise... Read article 13 February 2019Feature Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – January 2019 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the January 2019 edition of the BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update. Produced monthly, this economic commentary explores the latest labour force data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), providing expert insights and analysis around key labour market indicators. We’ve... Read article 5 February 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More