The future of regional jobs - a report by the Regional Australia Institute

Posted: 4th Apr

This report from the Regional Australia Institute looks into the implications of both the opportunities and challenges of the future of work in Australia’s regions.  It examines how regional areas can take advantage of movements away from primary and secondary industries to the service industries.

It also examines what is needed to facilitate shifts in the local skills base to enable local workers to benefit from the jobs to come in the industries projected to grow.

Below is a summary of the reports  conclusions:

The Future of Regional Jobs themed report "...aims to show what is needed to facilitate shifts in the local skills base to enable local workers to benefit from the jobs to come in the industries projected to grow."

"The extent of variation in regional human capital and labour market performance has shown that a critical ingredient in the impacts of labour market changes on regions has been community-led efforts to influence and improve local and regional labour market systems. Regional Learning Systems work within the state and national systems which are slow to change. The extent of variation in local and regional job outcomes shows that locally-led efforts can and do make significant differences, even within the constraints of slow-changing state and national systems."

"In this work we have explored the variations in human capital across regional Australia, and highlight the divergences in current and future employment needs in regions. We have shown that there is an emerging skills crisis in many regions – not just mining regions – and that many regions will be competing for the same kinds of people with a similar mix of skills across low to high skill levels. In this increasingly competitive environment, regions will have to demonstrate high levels of attractiveness to secure the people they need to do the work required – meaning a blending of the strength of the regional learning system with regional socio-economic vitality."

"The future of work in regional Australia is a multifaceted challenge, but one within which systemic responses at the state and national level can lead to significant improvements when well designed and targeted. Beneath the need for systemic responses, examples from communities around Australia show the scale of impact that well-structured local initiatives can have in helping regional residents get the most from the opportunities that the future labour market will present."

Read the full report here.

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