Economic Prosperity

Our Position

The Committee believes that to be a globally recognised city, Perth needs to secure a level of economic prosperity that thrives beyond the strengths or weaknesses of any particular sector.

Our Advocacy

 In 2012, we released a FACTBase Special Report: Perth as a global minerals and resources energy hub, which examines Perth’s strengths in the sectors.

Following a period of researching Perth’s connectivity, in 2013 we released a FACTBase Special Report: Perth as a globally connected city in which the region’s strengthening economic and cultural ties are examined and mapped.

In 2017 we will begin our next major project, Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom, which will be conducted over two years to examine the size, industry composition and spatial structure of the Perth and Peel and wider Western Australian economy at a fine grain level. 


Phase 01


WA’s post-boom tourism sector faces challenges

Attracting a more diverse range of tourists, increasing the number of people visiting regional Western Australia, developing a short-stay visitor market and creating more sophisticated marketing campaigns are just some of the challenges facing the local tourism sector so that it can continue to grow. The latest FACTBase Bulletin released by the Committee for Perth, as part of its Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom research project, has found that in some segments tourism is underperforming but as a sector it has the capacity to create new jobs and drive economic

expansion in coming decades.

August 2017

FACTBase Bulletin 55 - Sizing Tourism in Western Australia

This Bulletin has been prepared as part of the Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom project. It aims to ‘size’ and spatially examine the tourism sector in Western Australia and the Perth and Peel region to quantify the contribution of tourism to the state and regional economy; to compare the contribution of tourism in WA to other Australian states and territories and to identify opportunities for economic growth.

August 2017

Economic benefits of WA’s ageing population

With Western Australia’s ageing demographic and the financial benefits it will bring to the economy, the Committee for Perth is pleased to welcome a consortium from the aged care sector as a major funding partner of the Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom project. The consortium has formed the Aged Care Partnership and is comprised of Amana Living, Brightwater Care Group, Baptistcare, Juniper, MercyCare, Royal Australian Air Force Association (WA division) and Silver Chain.

July 2017

Perth households struggling beyond the boom

The survey commissioned by the Committee for Perth and carried out by market research firm, Ipsos examined the attitudes and behaviours of 2,000 Perth and Peel residents to understand how they were coping post boom. The survey is part of the Committee’s Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom two-year research project. The project will examine industries and challenge conventional wisdoms to identify strategies for a more economically diverse and robust future.

May 2017

Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom Community Survey

This presentation highlights the outcomes from the recent Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom Community Survey undertaken by the Committee for Perth.

May 2017

Sizing and Mapping Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training in Perth and Peel

This Bulletin has been prepared as part of the Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom project and aims to ‘size’ and spatially examine the sector in the Perth and Peel regions to quantify the contribution to the regional economy and identify opportunities for economic growth.

April 2017

Survey to gauge post-boom economy

Over the past five years the Western Australian economy has experienced euphoric highs and is now enduring embarrassing lows. The state’s unemployment rate is the highest in the country and our economy the worst in the nation. As part of its two-year Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom research project the Committee for Perth is asking the people of Perth and Peel to take part in a survey conducted to gauge how life is for them, at work and at home, after the boom and the recent state election.

March 2017

The Committee looks to break WA’s boom‑bust cycle

The Western Australian economy has a long history of boom and bust cycles. But the latest research project to be undertaken by the Committee for Perth is aimed at stopping history from repeating itself. The two-year project, Bigger and Better Beyond the Boom will examine the size, industry composition and spatial structure of the Perth and Peel region and wider Western Australian economy at a fine grain level. It will challenge conventional wisdoms and identify strategies for a more economically diverse and robust future.

March 2017


Phase 02


Perth as a globally connected city

This report explores some of the complex and diverse ways that Perth interacts with the rest of the world.

November 2013

Perth - a well-connected 21st century city

The Committee’s latest report, Perth as a Globally Connected City, produced as part of the FACTBase joint venture research project with The University of Western Australia, considers all these factors in evaluating Perth’s global connectivity.

November 2013

Creating a diverse and resilient economy for WA

This article, submitted by Foundation Member EY, explores this idea in the light of the WA Treasurer’s announcement that WA is in a state of transition as it is moving from a business investment phase into a production phase with higher exports.

September 2013

Perth’s global connectivity in energy

This FACTBase Bulletin explores an alternative landscape of power and influence based on the location of multinational organisations in the energy sector and, in particular, focuses on where Perth lies within this global network.

June 2013


Phase 02


Perth as a global minerals and energy hub

This report highlights the unique nature of Perth as a global mineral resources and energy hub, and demonstrates that the city’s abundance of natural resources has opened up a diverse range of new opportunities that now see it firmly integrated within the world economy.

November 2012


Phase 02


Is Perth Becoming More Unequal: Updated

This paper builds on a Bulletin released earlier in 2010 (Bulletin 5) that examined the issues of income inequality across Australia's major cities, and within the Perth metropolitan area.

December 2010

Perth's Decade of Prosperity: 2010 Update

This paper revisits an analysis conducted in 2009 that examined personal incomes in Australia's major capital cities, and within the Perth metropolitan region.

November 2010

Global Competitiveness: Implications for Perth

This paper is the first in a series that will build a wider understanding of how Perth compares with a group of broadly similar cities in Australia and North America.

October 2010

Perth's Energy Economy

This Bulletin provides a brief overview of some of the key characteristics of Perth's energy industry, focusing on the scale of production, corporate control, and the creation of a knowledge economy.

October 2010

Perth's Most Competitive Sectors: An Exploratory Study

The Bulletin examines the competitiveness of Perth's employment sectors between the 1996 and 2006 censuses.

June 2010

Perth's Economic Base: A Comparative Assessment

This brief Bulletin examines Perth's economic base, identifying the propulsive sectors and how this structure compares with other Australian cities.

June 2010

Is Perth Becoming More Unequal?

This paper builds on FACTBase Bulletin 1 to examine how Perth's recent resources boom affected levels of socio-economic wellbeing.

April 2010


Phase 01


Can a resource economy be a knowledge economy? The case of Western Australia

Using the Western Australian nickel industry as an example, this paper highlights how numerous characteristics, or hallmarks, associated with knowledge economies are indeed present in the Western Australian resources complex.

November 2009

Boomtimes and Personal Income: Perth's Decade of Prosperity

This Bulletin reports on one component of a wider research programme that examines the socio-economic performance of Perth by considering how personal incomes have changed over the last decade.

November 2009

Economic Stress in Perth

This paper reports on the development of a new index of economic stress for Perth, Western Australia.

October 2009

Westward Bound? Perth's Emerging Corporate Power

This short papers explores the shifting distribution of corporate power and, more specifically, considers where Perth fits into the national corporate landscape.

July 2009