Special Reports

Shift in sands drives project optimism

Eight mineral sands projects are either under construction or consideration as the sector finally enjoys some pricing relief.

Big builds bring confidence

SPECIAL REPORT: Confidence is growing among WA's construction companies, with Business News research identifying at least $4 billion worth of major private and public projects starting to take shape and more investment planned. Click through for our list of key building projects under way.

Payments’ security under review

SPECIAL REPORT: Building company collapses leaving projects unfinished and subcontractors empty-handed have prompted calls for a different approach to assessing security-of-payment laws.

Dismantling the status quo

SPECIAL REPORT: Alternative construction techniques and new technologies are changing the way we build.

Struggle to meet market needs

SPECIAL REPORT: With the number of apprentices and trainees continuing to decline, Tafes and RTOs are refining their strategies to prepare people for jobs of the future.

AWE, Finders battles add M&A spice

SPECIAL REPORT: Corporate advisory firm Argonaut had a lead role in two of the most hotly contested takeover battles in WA in recent times.

Large deals boost capital raisings

The value of Western Australia-related equity capital markets deals jumped to $4.2 billion in the March quarter, helped to a large degree by a handful of large transactions.Of the 140 March-quarter de

Pacific Energy finds smooth M&A path

SPECIAL REPORT: Ten years after completing a company-defining acquisition, remote power operator Pacific Energy has struck another similar deal.

Lower prices hit revenue

SPECIAL REPORT: Western Australia’s five biggest agribusinesses are earning about $5.5 billion in revenue annually, according to the latest BNiQ Search Engine data, down from $5.8 billion when the list was last published 18 months ago.

Agribusiness seeks global growth solutions

SPECIAL REPORT: The increased use of technology in one family-owned WA agribusiness is an example of many changes happening in the industry more broadly.

Energising options to give farmers power

SPECIAL REPORT: Increasing energy costs and ongoing reliability issues are two major challenges for farmers with moves afoot to provide relief on both fronts.

Leadership can take many forms

SPECIAL REPORT: Our annual analysis of the state's movers and shakers shows that sometimes the best examples of influence are demonstrated not by what change an influencer starts, but rather what they can stop.

Influencers and innovators shape arts sector outcomes

SPECIAL REPORT: An eclectic mix of corporate heavyweights, private philanthropists and innovative disruptors have helped to shape the state's arts sector.

Saffioti plans taking shape

SPECIAL REPORT: Rita Saffioti is stamping her mark on the transport, lands and planning portfolios she took on last March, initiating a number of major reviews and appointing several industry figures to key roles.

ECU research behind cyber startup

SPECIAL REPORT: A startup company backed by Perth dealmakers John Poynton and Harry Karelis illustrates the commercial potential of cyber security.

Energy deals spur hopes for new projects

SPECIAL REPORT: China’s rising LNG demand has coincided with a flurry of deals, highlighting potential for a turnaround in WA’s oil and gas sector.

Tide turning for contractors

SPECIAL REPORT: A maintenance hub for LNG vessels in WA is one of numerous opportunities for oil and gas services businesses.

$21bn work on offer as fields fade

SPECIAL REPORT: Hundreds of oil and gas fields to be decommissioned in the next decade across the Asia-Pacific region will create billions of dollars of opportunities for contractors, with a number of initiatives already under way.

Diversification a major focus for local businesses

SPECIAL REPORT: Kylie Radford has built Morrison into a highly regarded fashion brand over more than 15 years, so it’s a little surprising to hear the way she talks about the current business environment. Click through to read about the growth strategies of Kylie and other local business owners

Hancock moves to top of the pile

SPECIAL REPORT: Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting and its subsidiary, Roy Hill Holdings, have moved to the top of the Business News annual ranking of private companies in Western Australia, as their surging revenue put them ahead of building company BGC Australia.

D’Orsogna to invest $66m

SPECIAL REPORT: Family owned smallgoods producer D’Orsogna is aiming to nearly double its annual sales after beginning development of a $66 million factory in Victoria.