Category Archives: Regional Development

Innovation & creativity: skill strengths for NSW’s Northern Rivers

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Northern Rivers is one the fastest growing region in NSW. With its world heritage sites, national parks, rainforests and coastline, its strength is in its diversity. It’s popular for innovative business opportunities, attracting creative people.

The 2016 Northern Rivers Regional Plan outlined a vision for the region – to make it a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for the communities of the Northern Rivers region.

Seven regional priorities were outlined, with 23 initiatives to make it a reality. This included connected communities, a learning region, natural infrastructure, sustainable industry, inclusive communities, regional identity, and a collaborative region.

Tourism and hospitality, building and construction and retail are key sectors for employment. Read More

1.6+ billion dollars of investment, regional skills and Australia Wide story on the ABC

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Glenn and Wendy

A recent dinner in Euston on 1 March 2017 was a highlight as it was an opportunity to celebrate all that the region has achieved in implementing the Robinvale Agribusiness Workforce Development Strategy.

Back in 2014, a “Celebrating Innovation Sunraysia Agribusiness Summit’ was held with sessions including ‘The changing nature of workforce development in Australian Agribusiness – Building the skills base of Sunraysia’.  The momentum from the forum and the identification by industry, employers, education providers and community stakeholders spurred on the development of the strategy and action plan.

In terms of GDP and major investment, this is a region that punches above its weight, where unemployment has also been high and this unique collective impact with community, business and government is making a huge difference.

So much so that the region has been highlighted on ABC’s Australia Wide. Read More

Untapped labour to support Kangaroo Island’s growth

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KIAround 4,500 people live on Kangaroo Island (KI) in South Australia.  Nearly half (40%) of the island live in one town, Kingscote.  KI’s greatest asset is its unspoiled nature, wildlife, natural produce – wines/gin, seafood, cheese, foods, and ‘true’ Australian experience.

Tourism generates 20% of the island’s employment, according to KI’s Tourism Employment Plan. Read More

New jobs in high value industries for the Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast has been ranked in second place as the best performing non-capital city region in Queensland – and the fifth best non-capital region in the country.

Construction and tourism are the two main drivers of the Coast’s economy – and with the lower Australian dollar, it’s looking to a bright future.

Health precinct, airport expansion & CBD developmentMooloolaba

The number of development applications has increased by 361% in one year.  This includes residential houses, retail premises, educational facilities, offices and accommodation.

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Is your workforce holding back future business growth?

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Would you agree that to grow and expand your business whilst increasing profitability you need to have your workforce on board with your targets and future plans?

And you may be experiencing tension between shifts, team members or managers.  Perhaps job roles and reporting is unclear or behaviour and performance is left unchecked and the management team are not aligned?  Maybe you are an alliance of companies, perhaps in a regional location or industry sector, and a skilled local workforce is critical for your growth.

And what you really need to grow the business or region, considering export opportunities, is a switched on team, happy to suggest new ideas or products and better ways of doing things.  Able to deal with customer complaints and turn them into fans, with pride to say you work here and in non-metro locations particularly, a pool of local skilled people to draw upon.

Could it be time to get your Human Resource infrastructure sorted, and/or the evidence of the type of workforce you really need, and understand the skills needs to achieve your KPIs with production and sales targets?

Here are 9 tips on how to ensure that your workforce is not holding back future business growth: Read More

Transforming Geelong from traditional manufacturing to innovation

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Geelong’s unemployment rate has risen to nearly 7.5% – a 1.8% increase from the year before.  With blue and white-collar jobs drying up the city’s unemployment rate is hitting local youth the hardest.

90,000 young Victorians out of work – and no jobs

A recent article describes the 21% youth unemployment in Geelong as “an absolute crisis” – which is well beyond the state’s 16.3% rate.

“We have got youth unemployment at levels that we simply haven’t seen since the global financial crisis.  On top of that, we’ve seen a significant shift in employment overall,” Victorian Council of Social Services’ Chief Executive Emma King emphasised recently.

“So for young people, following such a shift in employment from manufacturing to the service industry, young people simply aren’t getting their fair share of jobs.”

But local groups and the Government are taking action – to help transforming Geelong from traditional manufacturing to innovation. Read More

Southern Adelaide: Leading the way in entrepreneurship and innovation

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Adelaide’s south has become a world-leading centre for innovation and collaboration, attracting international attention, just three years into a major 20-year transformation project.  With the state’s dedication to growth, alongside quality higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET), Adelaide is set to tackle its high unemployment rates of 8%.

With a $4.8million GRP, Southern Adelaide is made up of industrious, hard-working people with a strong sense of community and environment.  Commercial activity ranges from small, local businesses to worldwide leading exporters. Read More

Mildura: An economic hub of inland Australia requiring a skilled workforce

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The Mildura region has a vibrant economy that is continuing to grow and adapt to change.

While the traditional industries in the agriculture and horticulture sectors continue to contribute significantly to the regional economy (supplying 98% Australia’s dried fruit, 75% table grapes, 68% almonds and 20% of Australia’s wine grapes), other industry sectors are continuing to develop, such as manufacturing, property development, retail and construction.

All of which are strengthening and diversifying the region’s economy hence the need for a future workforce strategy.

The regional economy ($3 billion in GRP per year) continues to benefit from a strong increase in population, as many people discover the value and quality of life this dynamic region offers.

However a strong population doesn’t always mean requiring a skilled workforce – which is the case with Mildura. Read More

Strategic workforce planning to improve skill shortages in Australia’s snow regions

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Alpine tourism represents 2% of the Australian tourism industry, but can quickly improve with training and upskilling as there is a skill shortage for employment in all categories, from trades to professional.

There is a particular shortage in trained hospitality staff, including wait staff, bar staff and housekeeping.  Attracting appropriate permanent staff in all areas is more difficult because the local towns are small and quiet outside winter – which is just a 17-week income-earning period.  Fluctuating work hours, the cost of living and transport have a significant impact on attracting and retaining staff whose performance will meet or exceed guest expectations.

Opportunities in key snow country regions

Economic Contribution

Total gross direct visitor expenditure generated by the New South Wales resorts was $537 million and $369 million for the Victorian resorts, totalling $906 million.  This covers all items of visitor expenditures, from food and drink to lift passes, entry fees and travel from place of residence to the resort.

The winter resorts of Falls Creek and Mount Hotham generated an additional $106 million in the gross regional product of the Alpine Shire and 1,375 annual equivalent employment, or 21% of the Shire’s total employment opportunities.

The resort of Mt Baw Baw is located in Victoria’s Baw Baw Shire and the resort contributes $7.5 million to the Local Government Area’s (LGA) headline gross regional product.  Total annual equivalent employment opportunities generated by the Alpine resort were 178, which is 0.8 per cent of the LGA total. Read More

Building economic prosperity in the Southern Flinders Ranges, Yorke & Mid North

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The region incorporates wine, tourism and a blend of industry common to many regional areas across South Australia.

According to Regional Development Australia (RDA), the Yorke and Mid North region is in the central part of the State with a population of 74,521 representing 4.7% of the State’s population.

The region encompasses the Skills for Jobs in Regions Jobs and Skills Regional Networks of Mid North, Southern Flinders and Yorke Peninsula regions.

The top four industries in the area at the time of Census 2006 included Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing (21.3%), 5708 employed; Retail Trade (13.7%), 3903 employed; Health and Community Services (12.1%), 3,435 employed; and Manufacturing (10.1%), 2,736 employed. Read More