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Mandurah at a Glance

Mandurah is one of the most vibrant regional cities in Western Australia. Located less than an hour from Perth CBD by rail, Mandurah offers an idyllic waterfront location with a local population forecast to reach 114,570 by 2031.

Located 72km south of Perth, Mandurah is currently WA’s third-fastest and fourth-largest growing LGA, and the 10th largest Council in Western Australia.

Covering an area of 173.5km2, Mandurah follows the coast from its northern extremity at Madora to the Ramsar-listed wetland Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park 50km to the south.

Creative sustainable planning enables Mandurah to evolve while retaining its close relationship with its magnificent waterways, and ensuring its people have good access to quality health and community services, a range of education and employment opportunities, and fantastic recreational and lifestyle choices.

Tourism is a major generator of business opportunities and employment in Mandurah, with proactive education initiatives that have boosted investment opportunities and employment in the hospitality and services industries.

  • Population of 76,539. Source: Australia Bureau of Statistics, Regional Population Growth, Cat. 3218.0 (Released on 30 August 2013. 2012-13 data expected for release on 3 April 2014)
  • Median Age: 42
  • Property value (Median Sale Price) Mandurah – Murray $400,000 (Source REIWA Dec Qtr 2013)
  • Rental market (Median weekly Rent) Mandurah – Murray $370 (Source REIWA Dec Qtr 2013)
  • 5080 active ABN – registered for GST (current as of 19/03/2014 ABN look up – ABN statistics)
  • A multiskilled labour force of 31531 people (Source DEEWR Small Arear Labour Markets Dec Qtr 2013)
  • Comprehensive infrastructure and business services 
  • Mix of inner city and semi-rural living

Mandurah boasts an excellent commuter transport service to Perth. Mandurah is the last station on the Perth metropolitan rail Southern network. This line provides a regular fast train service (around 48 minutes) between Perth and Mandurah, leaving from the Underground and Esplanade stations in Perth city, and calling at nine stations along the way. Several major roads connect Mandurah to the Perth Metropolitan area. The most poular route is the Kwinana Freeway which will get one to the Perth CBD in approximately one hour. The Forrest Highway provides access the South West Region

Planning is also underway to develop additional economic opportunities to keep pace with the City’s rapid growth as Mandurah’s population could nearly double in size by 2021.


Growth Sectors – Employment and Industry

The City of Mandurah unemployment rate in December 2013 was 7.3%, compared with the WA average of 4.1% and the Australian average of 5.7%.



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Source: DEEWR Small area Labour Markets – December Quarter 2013


Mandurah's Employment Industries

It is estimated that 16,755 people work in Mandurah. Mandurah represents 56.90% of the 29,446 people working in the Peel Region.

Definition: The employment data presented represents the number of people employed by business / organisations in each of the industry sectors in the defined regions. In this report the employment data is placed of work data and represents total numbers of employees without any conversions to full-time equivalence. Retail jobs for instance represents typical employment profiles for that sector, i.e. some full-time, some part-time and some casual.


Retail Trade 19.8% 
Health Care & Social Assistance 15.6% 
Education & Training 11.2%
Accomodation & Food Services 9.9% 
Construction 8.3% 
Public Administration & Safety 5.9% 
Manufacturing 4.7%
Other Services 4.5%
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 3.7%
Administrative & Support Services 3.0%
Transport, Postal & Warehousing 2.9%
Rental, Hiring & Real Estate Services 2.9%
Financial & Insurance Services 2.0%
Wholesale Trade 1.6%
Arts & Recreation Services 1.5%
Information Media & Telecommunications 1.1%
Electricity, Gas, Water & Waste Services 0.7%
Mining 0.4%
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 0.3%


Source: Latest REMPLAN data incorporating Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) June 2012 Gross State Product, 2008 / 2009 National Input Output Tables and 2011 Census Place of Work Employment Data.