The aim of the research is to investigate the future of work in regions. It examines the possible ways that those exercising regional governance might be able to promote the shifts underway, for example from primary and secondary industries to the service sector. The project consists of an overarching report, and four focused reports that provide data and analysis for this foundational report.
The reports consider shifts in the local skills base to enable local workers to benefit from the jobs in the industries projected to grow and those that remain in place. Examples are provided of the ways that those in regions have taken action themselves to improve the way the employment, education and training sub-systems work and the ways that improved outcomes may be achieved.
A prime focus is on how education/training systems may support regional social actors. The question is how regional governance actors can develop local workforces in light of emerging challenges to maximise the ability of those who live in regions to access meaningful work. In doing so, it addresses changes in industry growth and the structural changes and spatial shifts occurring in labour markets as well as the developing relations involving governments, business, workforce representatives and related advocacy groups.
The research and subsequent reports are based on analysis of six study regions: the Central Coast, Geelong, Latrobe-Gippsland, Toowoomba, West and Northwest Tasmania and Outback Northern Territory. These regions represent different aspects of regional Australia, including regional cities, agricultural areas and service centres, and remote regions.
The ‘Foundations and Analysis’ report provides an overview of the project, detailing the main features provided in the analysis and presenting conclusions. This report is derived from the four projects undertaken for the research program.
Regions at work and in employment: A Preliminary Statistical Profile and Analysis Selected Regions and Australia, 2016
This report sets out key data the demographic, labour force, employment and educational attainment of the workforce within each of the six study regions. Thus, the study provides an important selection of data from the vast range available in the 2016 Census databases. The latter is a uniquely comprehensive record of the characteristics of the Australian population providing key insights into many topics concerning regional development and welfare.
Lock-in and Learning - North West Coast of Tasmania
Regional skills shortage and learning – Big Rivers
Innovative practices: review of Victoria’s LLENs activities and their outcomes
This project provides an introduction to the Victorian Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENS), which have brokered relationships with industries and training providers for nearly two decades. The LLENS provide an insightful case study to consider long standing initiatives involving students, teachers, employers, training providers and support workers that are designed to connect people to training and employment from a position embedded within regional communities.