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Economic Profile

The City is home to around 23,000 businesses. The strongest local business sectors are the Construction, Transport and the Professional, Scientific and Technical sectors. We are experiencing recent growth in numbers of businesses in the Administrative and Support Services, Professional, Scientific & Technical and Education sectors in particular - perhaps evidence of a move towards a more modern service-based economy.

We are fortunate to have a large proportion of home-based businesses, and more than two-thirds of our businesses are sole traders.

Key characteristics of our business community include:

  • Most local businesses are non-employing sole proprietorships or microbusinesses employing fewer than five people
  • More than two-thirds of our businesses are in the suburbs of Thornlie, Canning Vale, Gosnells and Maddington
  • The four most common business types in the City, accounting for approximately 43% of all businesses, are:
    • Construction
    • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
    • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
    • Financial and Insurance Services

The City has excellent major transport links, with an efficient road network, passenger rail and bus services and close proximity to Perth’s international and domestic airports (approximately 20 minutes travel time away). We are just 17 km from the Perth CBD, and is served by the Albany Highway, the Roe Highway, the Tonkin Highway and the Armadale and Thornlie railway lines. These main transport links provide excellent access in and around the Perth metropolitan area and to the south and south-west of the State. Fremantle, WA’s largest general cargo port, is just 35 minutes away by road. 

With a local workforce of more than 30,000, the City offers significant business advantages over more expensive, more congested or more remote locations for your business!

In the pages below you will find much more detail on the most important aspects of the City's economy and business community.

Economic facts and figures

Information on the local economy.

Population demographics and forecasts

Your gateway to figures on population size and growth

The workforce and employment

Where do our residents live and work, and in which industries?

Business organisations and contacts

Useful contacts for networking, training and business networking

Natural attractions

Parks, views and walks around the City of Gosnells

Economic Development

The City of Gosnells Economic Development Team facilitates strong relationships with the local business community and takes pride in creating opportunities for local businesses to regularly come together and engage in business-to-business (B2B) communication.

Socio-economic rating

One of the most commonly-cited measures of community wellbeing is the SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage, a statistical summary of Census information such as low income, low educational attainment, unemployment, and dwellings without motor vehicles.