Development of Ellenbrook commenced in 1992 and since then has been one of the fastest growing residential developments in Western Australia. In 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) named the Ellenbrook statistical area as having the largest population growth in Western Australia, with an increase of 17,700 people in the ten years to 2011.

Ellenbrook now has a population of approximately 36,000 residents who live in 'villages' clustered around the town centre. There are eight villages known locally as Woodlake, The Bridges, Coolamon, Morgan Fields, Charlotte’s Vineyard, Malvern Springs, Lexia, and the recently released Annie’s Landing, the final village in the development schedule.

Occupying 150 hectares, the Ellenbrook town centre provides shopping, office space, entertainment and community services to a regional catchment of approximately 70,000 people. When completed, the town centre will have a net leasable area of approximately 217,000 square metres for retail, commercial and light industrial use, all of which will provide business and employment opportunities for the local population.

The 2011 Census (Place of Work) showed 3,300 people employed in the Ellenbrook statistical area. Whilst about 70% of these workers live within the City of Swan boundaries, the most positive sign for this rapidly growing area is that almost 60% of people who work in Ellenbrook also live in Ellenbrook.

The top three areas of employment are in Education and Training, Retail, and Accommodation and Food Services, industries which together provide more than half (53%) of all employment opportunities in the statistical area. With 30% of the population being less than 15 years of age, it comes as no surprise that Education and Training is the largest industry of employment in the Ellenbrook area, and is likely to be so for some time. 

Area statistics

Size of Ellenbrook

approx 14.5km2
Top 3 industry sectors
  • Construction
  • Transport, postal and warehousing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
Transport links
 Gnangara Road
Proposed land developments
 Residential and industrial
Industrial land value
Number of people who work
 3,600 (approx)
Number of businesses
 1,370 (approx)