Land use and employment surveys

These surveys are conducted in relation to land owners intentions, planning for land use and ancillary dwellings.

Developers' intentions survey

The department undertakes the Developers' intentions survey on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission as part of the Urban development program (UDP). The UDP monitors urban land supply and demand and coordinates the actions required of state and local government agencies for the efficient planning and provision of physical and social infrastructure for new development.

The Developers' Intentions Survey encompasses future development of residential, industrial, commercial and other urban land across the State.

Details from the survey are used to:

  • identify the yield and timing/staging of future land development areas over the next 20 years
  • assess infrastructure coordination needs
  • determine major development issues and constraints in the planning and development process
  • enable the planning process to focus on the most critical factors/areas that are delaying land development and/or increasing development costs.

Land use and employment survey

The Department conducts the Land use and employment survey (LUES) to gain a greater understanding of the land use and employment dynamics across the Perth metropolitan and Peel region and selected regional centres. The survey is of all commercial, industrial, public purpose and recreation/open space land uses. Key information relating to land use and employment is collected including:

  • the type of activities businesses conduct
  • how much floor space the activity occupies
  • how many people work in each activity.

The LUES is undertaken to assist land use planning that will help guide where people will live and work in the future. The survey is conducted in the Perth metropolitan and Peel region approximately every five years to assist land use planning that will help guide where people will live and work in the future. Regional Western Australian surveys are conducted on a case by case basis depending on the level of change occurring in the area.  

The responses help planners establish what needs to be delivered to accommodate future growth and development.

Land use and employment survey glossary (PDF 427 kb)

Please note that the spatial boundaries of the Land Use and Employment Survey complexes can be viewed on PlanWA.

Contact us if you would like more information on the Land Use and Employment Survey.

Ancillary dwellings survey

The Ancillary dwellings survey collects development and building approvals data related to ancillary dwelling development in the Perth, Peel and Greater Bunbury regions. Local governments across Perth, Peel and Greater Bunbury are asked to provide the number of ancillary dwelling units for which development applications were approved, as well as the number of building permits issued for ancillary dwellings.

The department undertook the Ancillary dwellings survey in late 2016 with the purpose of evaluating the impacts of the 2013 amendments to State Planning Policy 3.1 Residential Design Codes related to ancillary dwellings.

2016 Ancillary Dwellings Survey - Key findings (PDF 779 kb)

Data, fact sheets and summary report

Perth metropolitan and Peel region 2015/17

Fact sheets and Land use and employment survey data (LUES) for the Perth metropolitan and Peel region 2015/17.

City of Joondalup 2015/17 LUES data (North-west sub-region)
City of Wanneroo 2015/17 LUES data (North-west sub-region)
City of Swan 2015/17 LUES data (North-east sub-region)
City of Kalamunda 2015/17 LUES data (North-east sub-region)
Shire of Mundaring 2015/17 LUES data (North-east sub-region)
City of Bayswater 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Belmont 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Canning 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Fremantle 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Melville 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Nedlands 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of South Perth 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Stirling 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Subiaco 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Vincent 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Shire of Peppermint Grove 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Town of Bassendean 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Town of Cambridge 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Town of Claremont 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Town of Cottesloe 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Town of East Fremantle 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Town of Mosman Park 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
Town of Victoria Park 2015/17 LUES data (Central sub-region)
City of Cockburn 2015/17 LUES data (South-west sub-region)
City of Kwinana 2015/17 LUES data (South-west sub-region)
City of Rockingham 2015/17 LUES data (South-west sub-region)
City of Armadale 2015/17 LUES data (South-east sub-region)
City of Gosnells 2015/17 LUES data (South-east sub-region)
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale 2015/17 LUES data (South-east sub-region)
Shire of Boddington 2015/17 LUES data (Peel sub-region)

South West region 2018

Fact sheets, summary reports and land use and employment survey data tables (LUES) for the South West region in 2018.

City of Bunbury 2018 LUES data (Bunbury Geographe sub-region)
Shire of Capel 2018 LUES data (Bunbury Geographe sub-region)
Shire of Collie 2018 LUES data (Bunbury Geographe sub-region)
Shire of Dardanup 2018 LUES data (Bunbury Geographe sub-region)
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup 2018 LUES data (Bunbury Geographe sub-region)
Shire of Harvey 2018 LUES data (Bunbury Geographe sub-region)
City of Busselton 2018 LUES data (Leeuwin Naturaliste sub-region)
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River 2018 LUES data (Leeuwin Naturaliste sub-region)
Shire of Boyup Brook 2018 LUES data (Warren Blackwood sub-region)
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes 2018 LUES data (Warren Blackwood sub-region)
Shire of Manjimup 2018 LUES data (Warren Blackwood sub-region)
Shire of Nannup 2018 LUES data (Warren Blackwood sub-region)

Lower Great Southern sub-region 2019

Fact sheets, summary reports and land use and employment survey data tables (LUES) for the Lower Great Southern region in 2019.

City of Karratha 2019

Fact sheets, summary reports and land use and employment survey data tables (LUES) for the City of Karratha region in 2019.

Shire of Broome 2019

Fact sheets, summary reports and land use and employment survey data tables (LUES) for the Shire of Broome region in 2019.

Page reviewed 3 September 2021