Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

The Centre was established in 2012 through the generous support of Bankwest (a division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia), with a core mission to undertake high quality, objective research on the key economic and social issues of relevance to Western Australia.

The Centre’s research and engagement activities are designed to influence economic and social policy debates in State and Federal Parliament, regional and national media, and the wider Australian community. Through high quality, evidence-based research and analysis, our research outcomes inform policy makers and commentators of the economic challenges to achieving sustainable and equitable growth and prosperity both in Western Australia and nationally.

The Centre capitalises on Curtin University’s reputation for excellence in economic modelling, forecasting, public policy research, trade and industrial economics and spatial sciences. Centre researchers have specific expertise in economic forecasting, quantitative modelling, microdata analysis and economic and social policy evaluation.

Research Projects

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s key priority is to examine factors that help and impede economic performance, and educate relevant policy makers on ways to solve Western Australia’s economic issues and increase economic growth.

These priority projects include:

  • State and regional effects of the emissions and resource rent taxes
  • Forecasting key state economic variables: ‘scenario’ and ‘what if’ analysis
  • Housing affordability: the social dimension
  • Workforce and population: do we have sufficient workers and skills?