Rick Newnham

Message from Rick Newnham, CCI Chief Economist

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) economics team has their finger on the pulse when it comes to the Western Australian economy.

CCI Members benefit from their expertise, which is available through a range of publications, regular media engagements and business events.

Our economists keep Members ahead of the pack with their knowledge of how the economy is evolving and the impact it may have on their business. Leaning on our international and national experience, our economists link local business impact to global events.

The Western Australian economy is closely tied to global markets, which means understanding the local picture requires a global outlook. Through your CCI membership, you can take advantage of the CCI economics team to better position your business for growth.

Survey of Business Expectations

Survey of Business Expectations

Expert analysis about the short and medium-term business confidence in WA. ► Read more

Consumer Confidence

Consumer Confidence

Invaluable insights into the attitudes and sentiments of WA consumers. ► Read more



A forward-looking analysis of the state, national and international economies. ► Read more

Inflation Update

Inflation Update

Detailed charts and tables on consumer price trends in Perth and all the capital cities. ► Read more

GST Reform

GST Reform

The GST system is broken and needs to be fixed. Follow CCI and Team WA's progress as we attempt to overhaul the broken GST system. ► Read more

Latest Audio/Videos

Rick Newnham speaks to The Business

CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham speaks to Carrington Clarke about WA's GST woes and how CCI is leading the fight for change.

WA Shopping Hours | Cath Langmead on 6PR

CCI Director of Advocacy Cath Langmead spoke to 6PR expressing disappointment that the State Government rejected CCI's request for extended trading hours for the upcoming public holiday.

Rick Newnham Discusses State Budget | Today Show

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia Chief Economist Rick Newnham was a guest on the Today Show where he discussed CCIWA's reaction to the 2017 State Budget.

State Budget 2017 | Rick Newnham 6PR Interview

CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham discusses the 2017 State Budget and in particular how the increase in payroll tax will impact jobs in Western Australia.

GST backlash could lead to WA vote swing

CCI polling finds that GST reform is still a major issue for WA, with 12 per cent of WA voters saying they would switch to Labor if GST reform was guaranteed. CCI's Chief Economist Rick Newnham says there is need for a holistic change to the GST system and calls on Bill Shorten to commit to a GST floor.

WA's Unemployment Rate

CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham talks to ABC News about how WA’s economy is starting to bounce back and generate new full-time jobs, with our unemployment rate now at 5.4 per cent for July – the lowest rate in two years.

WA's Debt Crisis

WA will be $42 billion in debt by 2020 – CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham looks at WA’s debt crisis on Today Tonight.

2017 Federal Budget

CCI Chief Economist Rick Newnham talks about the 2017 Federal Budget and outlines what it means for Western Australia.


Over 150 people gathered to hear CCI’s new Chief Economist Rick Newnham discuss the hottest topic in politics – Donald Trump.

CCI Economic and Innovation Breakfast

VIPS, media and guests heard Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Deidre Willmott, Chief Executive Officer, CCI, provide the latest economic outlook, insights into how WA businesses can capitalise on opportunities beyond the resources boom.