Perth shuns work-from-home trend as locals return to the CBD in droves

Aussie city that’s shunning the work-from-home trend as locals return to the CBD in droves – here’s why other capitals should take note

  • Perth CBD occupancy levels have reached 80 per cent compared to pre-Covid
  • Property Council WA praised private businesses and Premier Mark McGowan 
  • Mr McGowan encouraged public sector workers to continue to go into the office
  • Council’s executive director Sandra Brewer said other capitals should take note 

Perth‘s office occupancy levels have reached 80 per cent compared to pre-Covid levels – the highest in the nation – with experts suggesting other capital cities should take note.

The Property Council’s survey for November found peak day office attendance was at 88 per cent.

‘If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that flexible work is here to stay,’ Property Council WA executive director Sandra Brewer said.

‘But an 80 per cent occupancy rate in our CBD highlights not only there are far more workers in the CBD than at home, but the Perth CBD is a place that workers want to be.

Perth's (pictured) office occupancy levels have reached 80 per cent compared to pre-Covid levels - the highest in the nation

Perth’s (pictured) office occupancy levels have reached 80 per cent compared to pre-Covid levels – the highest in the nation

Pictured is the overall level of occupancy in office buildings as a percentage of pre-Covid rate

Pictured is the overall level of occupancy in office buildings as a percentage of pre-Covid rate

‘The city is bustling with plenty of exciting new activations, fabulous retail, and food and beverage options, so of course, more people are coming back into the city.’

Ms Brewer said the property sector had showed leadership, while Premier Mark McGowan had encouraged public sector workers to continue to go into the office.

‘Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen strong public sector leadership – from the Premier down,’ Ms Brewer said.

‘What we’re seeing in WA is that public servants across all departments and agencies are in their workplaces, collaborating and working hard to make the WA community better.

‘Other capital city public sector leaders should take note.’

Pictured is the peak and low day level of occupancy in office buildings

Pictured is the peak and low day level of occupancy in office buildings

Property Council WA executive director Sandra Brewer said the property sector had showed leadership, while Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) had encouraged public sector workers to continue to go into the office

Property Council WA executive director Sandra Brewer said the property sector had showed leadership, while Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) had encouraged public sector workers to continue to go into the office

Ms Brewer said the only thing that would hold back WA was the lack of workers.

‘Our affordable cost of living and high median incomes are enticing benefits, and along with a strong economy and lower housing costs, a great reason for workers to move to WA,’ she said.

Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said he was very proud of the role the City of Perth had played.

‘Our brand, City of Light, tells everyone who we are and what we stand for,’ he said.

‘Our team has worked very hard on safety, cleanliness, and events and attractions – and now we are seeing the rewards. People want to be a part of the buzz of our city.

‘The office occupancy numbers prove it and so do our visitor numbers. Last week, more people came into our city after 6pm than any other week this year.’

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