Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    Strong COVID-19 response fuels WA’s economic success

    9/09/2021 2:05 PM
    • State Budget confirms WA economy one of the strongest in the nation and the world during COVID-19
    • WA's domestic economy had the strongest growth of all States for a second year in a row at 4.3 per cent in 2020-21
    • Gross State Product estimated to have grown by 3.25 per cent in 2020-21, with growth expected to accelerate to 3.5 per cent in 2021-22
    • Record high employment with 27,300 more people in jobs than prior to COVID-19
    • Households and businesses confident in WA's successful COVID-19 management
    • Booming conditions in residential construction, business investment and retail trade
    • WA Jobs Plan being delivered, with 107,000 jobs created since March 2017

    The McGowan Labor Government's 2021-22 State Budget released today shows Western Australia's economy is one of the strongest in the nation and the world, highlighting the importance of a strong COVID-19 response for economic success.


    Strong economic activity has been underpinned by household and business confidence, driven by WA's successful efforts to crush the virus quickly and roll-out a vaccination program.


    Since the start of the pandemic, WA's domestic economy has grown by 5.7 per cent - around double the growth of the rest of the country. Based on OECD national economic statistics, this would place WA amongst the best performing economies in the world.


    Western Australia's domestic economy grew by 4.3 per cent in 2020-21, the strongest of the States for a second year in a row. This comes after every State's economy, except WA, contracted in 2019-20.


    Treasury estimates WA's Gross State Product (which includes net exports) grew by 3.25 per cent in 2020-21 and is expected to accelerate in 2021-22 to 3.5 per cent - the fastest growth since 2013‑14.


    This growth is driven largely by very strong activity in housing construction and government investment, with solid contributions from household spending and business investment.


    Consumption has been supported by surging retail trade, which has been growing at the fastest rates on record and the strongest of any jurisdiction.


    The McGowan Government's Building Bonus has not only maintained the pipeline of works and protected the jobs of more than 65,000 residential construction workers during the pandemic but created a boom in activity.


    Efforts to keep the mining sector operating throughout the pandemic have been vital not just in supporting the Western Australian economy but also the nation, delivering billions in additional tax collections to the Commonwealth.


    Western Australia's exports grew to a record $223 billion in 2020-21, accounting for well over half of national exports. Robust growth in business investment is expected for a third consecutive year in 2021-22.


    The McGowan Labor Government's record investment in infrastructure will continue to support local businesses and create jobs over the next four years and beyond.


    Despite the biggest global economic shock in decades, employment is at the highest level on record, with 27,300 more people employed than prior to the pandemic.  


    The unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6 per cent - it is the lowest level in almost eight years - and is expected to average just 4.5 per cent from 2022-23.


    Treasury has forecast an additional 34,000 Western Australians will gain employment in 2021-22, with job vacancies at the highest level since the peak of the mining investment boom in 2012.


    The economic opportunities in WA have prompted those living on the east coast to move west, with interstate migration returning to growth.


    For more information, visit https://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Our policy to crush and kill the virus means Western Australians are living in one of the freest and most open societies in the world.


    "My Government's strong COVID-19 response has given WA households and businesses the confidence to go about their normal lives. 


    "This confidence is what underpins the success of the Western Australian economy - which the 2021-22 State Budget confirms is the strongest of any State and amongst the strongest in the world.


    "Our decision to keep the mining industry open safely has been a massive benefit to the WA economy and also the national economy, with the Commonwealth and Eastern States benefiting from billions in additional company tax receipts.


    "Despite the one-in-one-hundred-year pandemic, my Government is delivering on our WA Jobs Plan, which focuses on local manufacturing, green jobs, METRONET and diversifying the WA economy.


    "There are more Western Australians employed now than ever before, with 107,000 jobs created since my Government came to office.


    "Our booming economy and enviable freedoms have also driven up the number of people moving to Western Australia, with the first growth in interstate migration since 2013.


    "My Government will use our economic success to set up WA's future, investing in key services, new industries and jobs to develop more climate-resilient communities."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000