Development of Ellenbrook commenced in 1992 and since then has been one of the fastest growing residential development areas in Western Australia. In 2018-19, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) named the Ellenbrook statistical area as having the largest population growth in Western Australia. In 2019-20, the City’s Ellenbrook local planning area has a forecast population of more than 45,000 and this is expected to grow to more than 70,000 by 2051.

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

The 2016 Census (Place of Work) showed approximately 5,300 people worked in the Ellenbrook statistical area and whilst more than 70% of these workers live within the City of Swan’s boundaries, the most positive sign for this rapidly growing area is that more than 50% of people who work in Ellenbrook also live in Ellenbrook.

The top three industries of employment are in Education and Training, Retail Trade, and Accommodation and Food Services which together provide more than half (52%) of all employment opportunities in the statistical area. With almost 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 statistical area.

Area statistics

 Size of Ellenbrook

14.5km2 (approx)
Top 3 industry sectors
  • Construction
  • Transport, postal and warehousing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
Transport links
Tonkin Highway, Gnangara Road, West Swan Road
Proposed land developments
Residential and industrial
Industrial land value
Number of workers
5,300 (approx)
Number of businesses
2,100 (approx)