Report reflects regional opportunities
IT’S the perfect time to showcase the opportunities that abound in regional areas, according to local professionals working across education and employment sectors of the community.
Comments made following the release of the Regional Australia Institute’s Future of Regional Jobs report reflect the potential of areas outside of metropolitan centres.
Charles Sturt University’s Regional Adviser for Strategic Development Fiona Nash said the report showed the genuine, evidence-based growth opportunities Australia’s regions have to offer.
“If ever there was a perfect time for the regions to promote the lifestyle and opportunities you can achieve outside of capital cities, the Future of Regional Jobs report shows us that time is now.
“The regions have the opportunity to create value for locals and for the people who want to move here,” Ms Nash said.
“There are jobs here, there are entrepreneurial opportunities and worldclass education and research opportunities right here.”
CSU Vice-chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the report highlights a roadmap for businesses, planners and policy makers.
“It’s clear from the Future of Regional Jobs report that opportunities exist in the regions and further, can be grown significantly by anticipating the skills we will need in the future and keeping pace with technology and infrastructure needs,” Professor Vann said.
Regional Development Australia Orana’s Director of Regional Development Megan Dixon agreed that the report is a step in the right direction to show city dwellers that the same career opportunities are available in regional Australia.
“The Orana region is currently facing a major skills shortage with a record low unemployment rate of 2.8 per cent,” Mrs Dixon said, explaining that there are more than 5000 jobs being created by a $7.9 billion project pipeline in the Orana region.
“Workforce development is a key pillar of RDA Orana and we have been working on a number of initiatives to tackle our workforce shortage over the past year, including our Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) signed in early April, hosting our inaugural Inland Growth Summit in January this year and our Recruitment Masterclass in March.
“Now more than ever we need to be changing the narrative of regional Australia and the outstanding opportunities available here.”
The report showed there are 42,000 jobs available outside Australia’s capital cities.
CSU’S Fiona Nash believes now is the perfect time for the regions to promote to workers the lifestyle and opportunities available outside of capital cities. PHOTO: CSU