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 Briefing Note: WA Economic Update 2019 Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely This BCEC Briefing Note examines the latest WA economic data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. While the WA economy continues to grow, the GSP figures released today show only a very modest growth of 0.98 per cent over... Read article 15 November 2019 Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – September 2019 Rebecca Cassells, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA, as at Q3 2019. Key findings from this edition include: Future-proofing the WA economy remains the long-term game With annual Gross State Product data... Read article 30 October 2019Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – September 2019 Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely The BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update provides expert insights and analysis around the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data release, focusing on employment patterns across state and territories. Key findings from September 2019 data include: A positive labour market... Read article 18 October 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – August 2019 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Daniel Kiely Welcome to the August 2019 edition of the BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update. The BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update provides expert insights and analysis around the latest ABS Labour Force data release, focusing on employment patterns across state and territories. This latest... Read article 1 October 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
Future-Proofing the WA Economy Steven Bond-Smith, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar Future-Proofing the WA Economy is the fourth report in the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s Focus on Industry report series. The report recommends the implementation of a ‘smart specialisation’ approach to regional diversification, to ensure that new development opportunities build on... Read article 30 August 2019BCEC Reports  |  Focus on Industry Read More
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