Perth in Focus
Beyond the Boom – How is Perth faring?


Wednesday, 17 May 2017
11:30 - Registration Opens
12:00 - Event Start
14:30 - Event Concludes


Hyatt Regency Perth 
99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 


Individual Ticket - $175
Table of 8 - $1320
Table of 10 - $1650

Individual Ticket - $210
Table of 8 - $1600
Table of 10 - $2000

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Event Overview

At the Committee for Perth’s latest Perth in Focus function, Ipsos Perth General Manager Shaun Griffin, presented the findings of the survey commissioned by the Committee for Perth. The survey 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 key takeaways included:

  • Almost 40% of people experienced some form of career disruption, whether it was being made redundant, or a change in career or industry because of the end of the boom or the GFC.
  • 72% of people surveyed are predicting no real wages growth.
  • 45% of people can’t see any improvement in their quality of life.
  • With the boom lasting more than a decade there are workers who had only experienced life in buoyant economic times, where wages, house and share prices continually increased. This made adjusting to a normal economy even harder for them.
  • 60% of household finances are so fragile they would struggle if living costs went up by just 5%. The highest percentage of those households are in Peel.
  • A significant number of people think they’re stuck in financial rut with 26% of them saying their current income is not enough to meet their needs.
  • Just over a quarter of households with income of $40,000 or less were affected by the end of the boom. Only 19% of them are better off than they were five years ago. Only 38% expect any improvement in their quality of life, and only 45% think their job is secure.
  • Almost half of households with income of $150,000 or more were affected at the end of the boom. 62% of them are better off than they were five years ago, while 70% expect an improvement in their quality of life and 69% believe their job is secure.
  • After the boom the exodus back to the eastern states started, at the peak of interstate migration in mid-2016, there was almost 3,000 people a month leaving the state. The biggest motivator for moving was better income at 66%, 44% thought there are better career opportunities and 35% thought the cost of living was lower and 33% would go for a better lifestyle. The biggest factor for staying was to be near family at 44%.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Shaun Griffin

General Manager, Ipsos Australia

Shaun is an accomplished commercial manager with 20 years’ experience working across a range of local, regional and global roles spanning consulting, research, strategy, planning and analytics.

In recent years Shaun has occupied senior roles in digital, running strategy and digital marketing for businesses in the financial services and consulting sectors.

As General Manager of Ipsos Perth, Shaun is working to help clients understand how to capitalise on the commercial and social opportunities of a post boom Perth market.

With a diversity of skills and experience across sales, marketing, strategy, analytics, operations, ecommerce and IT, he has a unique understanding of the challenges facing business and government in the digital age. 

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Lisa Kazalac

Executive Manager, Advocacy & Policy, Real Estate Institute of Western Australia

Lisa Kazalac is the Executive Manager of Advocacy and Policy at REIWA. In her role Lisa oversees the publication of market statistics and research, public policy positions on property taxes and planning, development reform and housing affordability.

Trained as an economist at RMIT University, Lisa graduated with upper second class honours, completing a thesis on “creating a financial incentive (e.g. insurance premiums) to increase the supply of cadaver human organs for donation” and is currently completing her MBA at the Curtin Graduate School of Business.

Lisa’s career has spanned 10 years in the Victoria public sector, where she developed and oversaw public policy development across a wide range of industries, including: transport infrastructure, social and public housing, regulation of the heavy vehicle industry and social policy issues, including the ageing population. Lisa’s last role in the public sector was in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament as a research lead for an inquiry into organ donation.

Lisa moved to WA four and a half years ago and has held two positions in the industry association sector. The first two years within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, advocating for reform to issues affecting the small business, services and retail industries. The last two years have seen Lisa working at the Real Estate Institute of WA, leading the advocacy and research agenda for the property industry.

Lisa’s fresh approach to member engagement, building relationships and influencing decision makers has created significant changes for the real estate industry. Lisa has overseen a number of red tape reduction initiatives for the real estate industry. With one reform, saving the industry in excess of $46 million.

Lisa is an outcomes driven individual, who challenges the status quo. Lisa brings a passion for public policy, evidence-based research and is keen to influence decision makers for a more prosperous WA. 

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Jay Watson

State General Manager, Westpac Banking Corporation

Jay is a career banker, having worked for Westpac for over 37 years. Jay has been fortunate to have worked in every State and Territory in Australia, and has the benefit of honing his Banking skills through diverse geographies and industries.

Jay takes an active interest in the future direction of Western Australia and is active with the Committee for Perth and its present project  Bigger and Better beyond the Boom, working to build strategies and recommendation in regards to broadening the economy of WA. Previously he was a member of Filling the Pool, a deep dive on gender imbalance and strategies to improve career opportunities for the female workforce. Additionally, for the past 3 years he has been involved with Chamber of Commerce WA and its Business Advisory Board. Also he is a regular contributor to CEDA forums and is a Trustee to CEDA.

Having now resided in WA for the past 12 years, and regarding WA as a great place to live and work, Jay is focused on working with stakeholders to build sustainability in the business community. Jay is the Commercial Bank leader tasked with building relationship with the Singapore and Malaysian business/investment community to strengthen pathways between Australia and those countries.

Jay holds a degree in Business Management and has an under graduate certificate in Australian Agriculture. He is involved in fundraising for various causes and an active member of Australian Institute of Company of Directors.

Jay is married to Robyn, a partnership of over 30 years and is the proud father of James and Ben.

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Stuart Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd

Mr Johnston joined DBP, as Chief Executive Officer, in April 2010 after a 20 year career with Shell involving a wide range of activities and responsibilities. Mr Johnston was previously Vice President of Strategy & Planning, Upstream International at Royal Dutch Shell.

During 2000-2002 he worked in Melbourne for Shell Development Australia as their Business Development Manager. He was then based in Perth from 2002-2003 as Shell Development Australia’s Commercial Manager for the Timor Sea. In addition to his Australian experience Mr Johnston has also worked in the Netherlands, the USA and the UK during his career with Shell and has experience in pipeline operations, offshore construction and LNG project development.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from London Business School. 

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Ian Martinus

Manager Advocacy & Economic Development, City of Wanneroo

Dr Ian Martinus has over 20 years experience in economic development and trade & investment leadership appointments. He is currently the Manager Advocacy and Economic Development at the City of Wanneroo. Previous experience includes corporate strategic ventures for Fortune 500 company SAIC in California in the next generations networks team focusing on corporate acquisitions and deal structure. International development experience for donors such as USAID, AusAID, World Bank and EBRD short term included contracts with Deloitte Consulting (USA) and BearingPoint (USA) focusing on trade and investment, financial management and eGovernment deliverables in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Recent consultancies include economic impact analysis and employment modeling for a health campus in Perth, mixed-use marina development and district size activity centres in regional Western Australia and south east Queensland.

Dr Martinus authored the first economic development strategy (2004) for the City of Wanneroo and Australia’s first employment policy focussing on developer contributions in Greenfield sites that trigger local employment creation. Recent consultancies include economic impact analysis and employment modeling for public/private health campus in Perth, Mixed-use marina development and district size activity centres in outer metropolitan Perth.

Ian is a co-founder of three technology startups including Livepad41 which is a real time digital visualization and sentiment analysis company that was a TechCrunch DISRUPT SF and NYC 2012 and 2013 as StartUp Alley finalist. Ian contracted to the Tokyu Corporation for five years (Yanchep Beach JV) and had responsibility for the economic development strategy, investment attraction and investor relations, high level presentations and submissions. Ian is a 40Under40 recipient, an alumni of Leadership Western Australia and is a judge of the Telstra Small Business Awards and Telstra Women in Business Awards annually.