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Special Reports

Recruiters adapt to a changing marketplace

SPECIAL REPORT: A possible skills shortage is among the challenges facing WA recruiters, amid an uptick in mining and hiring across the board.

Visa changes move goals for business

SPECIAL REPORT: Stricter visa rules are making it harder for businesses in WA to explore overseas options to meet their skilled labour needs

Wellness program targets Fifo isolation

SPECIAL REPORT: The effects of a Fifo lifestyle on the workforce have prompted changes in workplace practices among some of the major resources sector players.

WellteQ chasing global opportunity

SPECIAL REPORT: A health software startup with key backers in Perth is targeting a $US1.2 billion market led by global player Virgin Pulse.

Workplace wellness and culture a virtuous circle

SPECIAL REPORT: Businesses in WA are working towards workplace culture and leadership styles that drive employee wellbeing and productivity.

Creative approach to community change

SPECIAL REPORT: On the runway and in the shopfront, fashion has become an instrument for changemakers who want to make a difference in the community.

Offshore, onshore success by design

SPECIAL REPORT: Whether they’re manufacturing locally or abroad, WA fashion designers and garment makers are still winning contracts and stockists here and overseas.

Lifestyle offerings prominent in $5bn retail centres upgrade

SPECIAL REPORT: Developers remain bullish on plans to evolve shopping centres into community, lifestyle and entertainment hubs.

City retail revamp aims to rival the ’burbs

SPECIAL REPORT: Property groups are chasing retail opportunities in Perth’s CBD with a pipeline of upgrades and developments worth more than $250 million.

Power players keen to compete with Synergy in more open marketplace

SPECIAL REPORT: As WA households benefit from increased competition in gas retailing, the electricity sector wants to be able to compete with Synergy in providing to small customers, with some industry members calling for a reduction in the contestability threshold to 20 megawatt hours.

Renewables await policy clarity

SPECIAL REPORT: More than $1.6 billion of renewable energy projects are proposed for the South West Interconnected System, but their success may hinge on how the government handles two regulatory issues.

Small business growth on tap at Curtin

SPECIAL REPORT: The Monk Craft Brewery & Kitchen was among many businesses boosted by a local program to support entrepreneurs.

Shared spaces connect businesses, foster collaborative opportunities

SPECIAL REPORT: There is a range of places for small businesses and startups to access support, but technological change means some are rethinking their approach. Click through for the updated BNIQ list of SME and startup business centres.

Tape Ark has data storage wrapped up

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth tech entrepreneur Guy Holmes launched his fifth business last month, partnering with a global giant to improve data storage.

National growth drives HealthEngine

SPECIAL REPORT: Two senior recruits reflect the growing size and changing focus of the Perth-based online business.

Unique landscapes, stories create tourism showreel

SPECIAL REPORT: The growing number of films produced in WA has created opportunities for local talent, employment and tourism.

Strategic plan to build on creative connections

SPECIAL REPORT: A focus on creating and sustaining a liveable, connected and internationally appealing city is driving arts and culture development and construction projects across Perth.

Finetuning the art of audience engagement

SPECIAL REPORT: An increasingly competitive funding environment has prompted several arts and cultural organisations to sharpen their focus on audience development as a means to boost sustainable income streams.

Fracking moratorium hit to under-pressure gas plays

SPECIAL REPORT: Ongoing uncertainty over state government policy and a lengthy approvals process are muddying the waters for local energy hopefuls.

Jockeying for position in Perth Basin

SPECIAL REPORT: Only a small number of oil and gas players in the Perth Basin are moving forward on projects.

Crowdfunding to offer new equity opportunity

SPECIAL REPORT: Small and mid-sized businesses will soon have a new option for raising capital when crowd-sourced funding legislation takes effect. 

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