FACTBase Bulletin 5 - Is Perth Becoming More Unequal?

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

Key Findings
  • While the financial position of most of the people in Perth improved from 2000-2007, most of the benefits of the boom were concentrated amongst a group of relatively wealthy suburbs.
  • The Gini coefficient for Perth increased from 4.1 to 4.8, meaning that wealth had become more concentrated in a smaller area of Perth.
  • The rising of the Gini coefficient was a national trend, not unique to Perth alone as it was spurred on by the decline of the mining boom around late 2007.
  • Spatial inequality was much higher in Sydney and Melbourne than in Perth, where Sydney had the greatest gap of inequality.
  • In light of another economic boom in Western Australia and renewed investment in the resources industry, a more positive economic outlook, strong population growth ad urban expansion all suggest issues of inequality are not over for Perth.
Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.