FACTBase Special Report - Perth as a region of 2 million people

Nine months in the making, the latest FACTBase Special Report by the Committee for Perth examines and maps the urban settlement patterns that have shaped Perth’s morphology as a region of 2 million people.

The report finds that the Greater Perth region is of a lower-density and is more dispersed compared to major Australian capitals of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane but remains a place where the traditional “Australian Dream” is still a reality. However the report also finds that Perth lacks high-intensity, mixed-use hubs and a bustling city centre.

Key Findings
  • The “Australian Dream” still exists in Perth, although the size of backyards is shrinking.
  • Greater Perth remains the most suburban of the four major Australia capital cities.
  • In WA, the rate of home ownership was below the Australian average from the 1960’s - mid-2010, however now at 64%, WA is currently higher than the national average.
  • Perth currently lacks a large number of high intensity mixed use residential, employment and entertainment hubs. Perth’s top hubs include Perth City; Osborne Park; Subiaco/Shenton Park; Wembley/West Leederville, Glendalough and Mount Hawthorn/Leederville.
  • Greater Perth is notable among Australian capitals for its low and relatively uniform population densities. In Greater Perth, population densities are more consistently suburban than other capitals.
  • The Perth region does not exhibit a significant spike in population density in its city’s inner urban core.
  • Perth City centre is the lowest mixed-use city centre and exhibits low employment and population density compared other Australian capitals.
  • In Greater Perth, the top 20 mixed-use hubs are dispersed throughout inner urban and middle suburban locations, while in Melbourne and Brisbane they are highly centralised.
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.