Cost of Doing Business in the Pilbara 2018 

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Pilbara is proud to announce the release of the Cost of Doing Business in the Pilbara 2018 report.

Between 2013 and 2015 RDA Pilbara undertook studies on the cost of doing business in the Pilbara and this newest release is the 4th edition in the series. After a gap of three years the study has been updated in 2018 which has seen a change in the enabling business environment, as the outlook has improved. From a policy perspective economic development in the Pilbara remains critical to the fortunes of WA and the nation.

The study has been undertaken after consultations with a wide range of stakeholders in the main centres of Karratha, Port Hedland, Newman and Onslow. Whilst this report has a focus on costs it also analyses opportunities and has an emphasis on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and business start-ups.

The report presents developments and forecasts for the global economy and commodity markets as these are the main drivers of levels of investment and production in the Pilbara, business opportunities for SMEs and the cost structure of the region in the main towns in the Pilbara. Analysis of developments in the economy is an essential input into the cost estimation process.

The results and conclusions will be used to:

  • Inform businesses and NGOs about the business environment, the prevailing cost structure and future costs, to improve planning and operations; and
  • Inform government agencies so that policy formulation can be adjusted to take the prevailing costs into account.

Please click here for an electronic copy of the report.  For more information please contact Diane Pentz, CEO on 0427 191 272.


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