Category Archives: Employment

How the Pilbara is sustaining a growing population and workforce

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The Pilbara is buzzing with economic opportunities.  It’s a socially inclusive region that covers over 500,000 square kilometres in Western Australia – one of the state’s most ancient natural landscapes.

The Pilbara Development Commission is leading the charge to development the region’s economic base, improve social infrastructure, and sustain a rapidly growing population.newman_pilbara_western_australia

The New Pilbara

Work, live, visit or invest.  The new Pilbara is a place for everyone.  And it’s no wonder the population is rapidly increasing.  Recent ABS numbers suggest that Pilbara is growing into a ‘young, cosmopolitan’, region attracting 20-44 year olds. Read More

Youth programs & entrepreneurship – Maldives future

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The Maldives is a unique place where people are the most important resource – and this is starting to turn heads towards the small island nation.

Local initiatives are starting to form to combat the 11.60% unemployment rate and the high number of youth (26.50%) with no jobs.


The country has also recognised the demand for people with technical skills, with programs being launched as possible solutions.

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Economic blueprint to attract talent to Northern Australia

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The Government has released their vision for turning Northern Australia into an “economic powerhouse” in the next 20 years.

Katherine GorgeThe $1.2bn plan outlines a $600 million roads package to improve routes to the north, a $200 million Water Infrastructure Development fund and a $75 million Co-operative Research Centre.  Boosting links with the broader Asia-Pacific region will be a focus on the centre and money will be pumped into tourism, to attract investment in the region. Read More

The NDIS & the growth of the disability workforce

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There is a plethora of career opportunities for people, especially young people, in the disability sector… but a career in this rewarding sector will require specialised skills.

Developing disability sector workers, to better support people with disabilitiesdisability

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – a joint venture between the Disability Reform Council and the Integrated Market, Sector and Workforce Strategy – provides a clear plan to align market, sector and workforce development activities.

An estimate of 50,000 more jobs will be created through the NDIS in Australia – including organisational support workers, personal assistants to people with a disability, allied health therapists, case managers, local area coordinators, mental health nurses and support workers. Read More

Western Sydney: Fast-tracking workforce development & SME growth

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Western Sydney has one of the fastest growing economies in Australia – Australia’s third largest economic region behind Sydney and Melbourne.  Its annual gross regional product reaching about $97 billion, and more than $12 billion in state and regionally significant projects, were approved in the area in 2012-13.

With a vision to “enhance Western Sydney as a competitive economic region,” the area is a growing hub for both economic and employment development.

Fast-tracking economic growth

The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to build a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney by investing $2.9 billion over ten years in major infrastructure upgrades that will transform the region’s economy. Read More

The Blue Mountains: where 95% of people are employed

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The Blue Mountains represents 0.17% of Australia’s workforce – a promising region for further economic contribution and workforce development.

The region, located at the western fringe of Sydney’s metropolitan area is a vibrant world heritage site with over 20,000 local jobs and a $2.45 billion Gross Regional Product (GRP).  The region represents nearly 2.5% of Greater Western Sydney’s GRP and 0.15% of Australia’s GRP – a hotspot for economic and employment opportunities.

In 2011, the region generated $1.9 billion into the economy – which has increased dramatically since.  The region’s commitment to economic development is led by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE) – the peak regional economic development organisation for the Blue Mountains. Read More

Back to Work Fund in Action & ‘Best of’ initiative

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The $50 million fund to get Victorians Back to Work focuses on growth sectors, aiming to create 100 000 jobs and this blog post compiles the recent announcements by the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert.

Get across all of the announcements and then hear about a national ‘best of’ example like the programs supported through the Back to Work Fund.

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Queensland Budget for Entrepreneurship, Workforce Planning and Development

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Highlights from the budget for jobs, skills, workforce development and planning include:

  • Jobs Now, Jobs for the Future
  • Infrastructure
  • Support for rural and regional Queensland
  • Restoring Tourism

Workforce projects will be matched to a pipeline of projects through the Queensland Infrastructure Plan supporting the following jobs:

10,500 Roads & Transport
1,500 Education & Training
6,500 Energy & Water
3,500 Health & Community

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Increase Employment in South Australian Wine Regions by being World Leading

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With South Australia producing approximately half of Australia’s total wine output each year, yet only utilising 1.6% of the state’s total employment, broader economic opportunities are waiting to be reaped through workforce development.

The South Australian Government suggests there is a shortage of skilled workers in the wine regions.

Work opportunities in the wine industry are affected by many factors, including distribution of population and competing industries.  As part of the State Strategic Plan, by 2020 South Australia will be recognised as the world’s leading food and wine tourism destination.

One of the objectives of the plan is to develop career paths in food and wine tourism to keep talent within South Australia. Read More

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