A new partnership announced between Bankwest and Curtin University will see the formation of a major new economic research centre focused on securing the economic future of the state.


The Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre will focus on fostering local development by building economic models that will seek to significantly boost capability in WA for economic forecasting and the analysis of economic and policy scenarios.


The centre will examine population, workforce and housing issues facing the state as well as tax, regulation, trade and industry developments.


Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket was delighted to announce the partnership with Bankwest.


“The next decade provides great opportunities for WA, as it seeks to capitalise on record-high terms of trade and the growing global demand for the State’s natural resources,” Professor Hacket said.


“The Centre will provide business and policy makers with the highest quality research and analysis of the big economic, financial and social issues facing WA.”


Bankwest Managing Director Rob De Luca was pleased with the formation of the research partnership, continuing the proud history of collaboration between the two institutions.


“Bankwest has had a successful relationship with Curtin University since the late 1990’s,” Mr De Luca said.


“The formation of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre reaffirms Bankwest’s commitment to Western Australia, and highlights both Curtin’s and the Bank’s economic thought leadership and unwavering support of the people of WA.”


“Western Australia’s economy is powering the rest of the nation, and ensuring the benefits of the current boom conditions continue to flow to all Western Australians into the future, is a key objective of the Centre.”


The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre sits within the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP), part of Curtin Business School, and will draw upon expertise from across Curtin and other Australian institutions. It will regularly produce research-driven material about the local and national economies for the betterment of WA.