Special Reports

Getting up to speed on Metronet rollout

SPECIAL REPORT: Costs and a local skills shortage are among the challenges facing the state as it seeks to develop a local train car manufacturing sector.

Supply chain, environment key port considerations

SPECIAL REPORT: WA will be waiting until at least 2030 before an outer harbour development is needed, and in the meantime work is being done to evaluate the best ways to extend the life of Fremantle Port.

Project pick-up puts pressure on skills

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australia may not be ready with the workforce and skills needed for the next boom.

All eyes on China amid slowing global trade

SPECIAL REPORT: Trade battles, high Chinese debt and slowing global growth are among the biggest threats to the WA economy.

Business, investors count down to key poll

SPECIAL REPORT: Elections always bring uncertainty for business, but in 2019 the difference between the major parties is among the starkest in decades.

Iron ore boosts private companies

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australia’s iron ore industry has reshaped the BNiQ ranking of the state’s largest private companies.

Cutting through tech funding maze

SPECIAL REPORT: Tech startups in WA can raise capital if they know where to look and how to ask, a Perth seminar was told.

Lithium, gold and base metals driving deals

SPECIAL REPORT: Global players are converging on WA as resources assets become increasingly attractive in the international arena.

Goldman, Freehills top deal tables

SPECIAL REPORT: Corporate finance dealmakers in Perth worked on just more than 800 transactions last year worth $51 billion.

Property slump playing role in retirement plans

SPECIAL REPORT: WA is not matching the national rate for retirement apartment and home builds.

Aegis, Juniper lead aged care growth

SPECIAL REPORT: WA is continuing to boast a strong aged care development pipeline, and the completion of multiple major developments has meant an increase in bed numbers for some providers.

Fear, loathing and hope for commission

SPECIAL REPORT: The upcoming aged care royal commission will shine a spotlight on the industry, and while some are hopeful of a positive outcome, others are concerned.

Scott, Coleman, Ellison make their marks

SPECIAL REPORT: Three businessmen will have more impact than most on the state’s economic future, with Peter Coleman leading an oil and gas revival, Chris Ellison building a lithium empire, and Rob Scott reshaping Wesfarmers.

McGowan hits targets, Cormann prominent

SPECIAL REPORT: Mathias Cormann has been deeply entwined in the federal government’s fortunes this year, while a win on GST distribution has boosted standing for Mark McGowan and Ben Wyatt.

Canning’s growth legacy

SPECIAL REPORT: As he takes his final bow next year, Marcus Canning will leave a legacy of major change to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of Perth.

Forrest’s contribution a standout

SPECIAL REPORT: In business and philanthropy, executive diversity and on the sports field, it has been quite a year for Andrew Forrest.

Success is one thing, smooth succession quite another

SPECIAL REPORT: BGC Australia and Perron Group are going through changes that all family-owned businesses face, large or small.

Blackburnes’ lasting legacy on Perth property

SPECIAL REPORT: Paul, Nathan and John Blackburne are proving that they don’t have to work for the same company to leave a family legacy in Perth’s property industry.

Ellison earns $4.7m, or is it $2.4m?

SPECIAL REPORT: There can be wide differences between the statutory pay reported by listed companies and the ‘take home’ pay of their senior executives.

Drop in million-dollar club

SPECIAL REPORT: There has been a notable reduction in the number of high-earning executives in WA, though some individuals do well year after year, research by Business News has found.

Mixed year for WA's wealth creators

SPECIAL REPORT: Asset sales and M&A action were the highlights of a busy year for WA's wealthiest.