Special Reports

Fee focus a sign of the times

SPECIAL REPORT: Several high-profile schools have announced plans for restrained fee changes, including some freezes and reductions, in order to stay competitive after several years of weak economic performance in Western Australia. 

Power leads Fortescue revival

SPECIAL REPORT: The 2016 Business News person of the year talks about his upbringing, influences, company culture, cost cutting and innovation.

Fini thrives on delivering iconic vision

SPECIAL REPORT: One of Perth’s most prominent names in property has had a transcendent effect on the city in 2016.

Grylls puts himself in play

SPECIAL REPORT: Many politicians, including senior government ministers, go through their careers as ‘grey’ men or women, barely getting noticed and having little impact; the same could never be said of Brendon Grylls.

Consolidation continues among major employers

SPECIAL REPORT: Big businesses are employing an increasing share of the WA workforce, while the services-oriented economy maintains its growth, the latest BNiQ Biggest Employers survey has uncovered. Click through to see details on Western Australia's 170 largest employers.

Families seek opportunities with big partners

SPECIAL REPORT: Private sales during the past year have reduced the already small number of long-running family businesses in WA.

Compu-stor moves with the times

SPECIAL REPORT: The Manford family brings four generations of commercial experience to its growing Compu-stor business.

Forrest’s rich Fortescue returns

SPECIAL REPORT: When Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest received his most recent dividend cheque from the company, it brought the total paid out to entities he controls during the past five years to nearly $600 million.

Market moves dictate directors’ sales drive

SPECIAL REPORT: Some of WA’s top company directors have achieved extraordinary gains in their wealth over the past year, and while most held onto their shares, a group of 11 reaped more than $180 million from share sales.

Pay trimmed for new CEOs

SPECIAL REPORT: The median base pay of newly appointed chief executives at listed Perth companies fell this year to $295,000, a survey by Business News has found.

Coleman, Power vie for highest-paid title

SPECIAL REPORT: The detailed reporting of remuneration by listed companies means it should be easy to determine the state’s best-paid chief executive, but the reality is more complicated.

Early moves in cobalt space

SPECIAL REPORT: Electric vehicles and other technology applications have driven investor interest in graphite and lithium, and cobalt might be next.

Junior miners jostle for next big thing

SPECIAL REPORT: Gold Road Resources could be the next gold junior to make it into the mid tier after its recent moves on the Gruyere project.

Development scarce in the suburbs

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth’s suburban office market is becoming as patchy as that in the CBD, with Joondalup and Fremantle emerging as the only upcoming opportunities for new developments.

Primewest up in office rankings

SPECIAL REPORT: Local developer and syndicator Primewest joined the list of Western Australia’s top three office landlords following its $113 million purchase of a 50 per cent stake in Exchange Tower.

No new projects but CBD’s still changing

SPECIAL REPORT: New office development is grinding to a halt, but landlords are nonetheless aggressive in attempts to attract tenants to the city.

Reinterpreting the funding culture

SPECIAL REPORT: Arts and cultural organisations are pursuing innovation and collaboration to help manage the tougher financial conditions in WA. 

Cultural connections, artistic exchanges

SPECIAL REPORT: Three WA arts organisations have performed a series of firsts on tours to Asia this year, building on business and diplomatic strategies that highlight the value of cultural exchange. 

Innovation to ensure culture counts

SPECIAL REPORT: An app co-developed in WA could revolutionise the way organisations around the world measure the impact and intrinsic value of arts and culture programs. 

Energy, gold players building export case

Iron ore producers have maintained their dominance over the BNiQ Search Engine Biggest Exporters list, as LNG producers are slow to start up. Click through to see the annual list of the state's biggest exporting companies.