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The Department for Industry and Skills (formerly the Department of State Development) is investing $1.5 million in new skills, training and employment initiatives to be implemented in 2017-18. Click here to read more.
The Department of State Development needs your help to better understand and respond to industry demand and individual need for jobs and skills in regional South Australia.
What is being decided?
The Skills and Employment Division of the Department of State Development is undertaking a comprehensive engagement approach to better understand and respond effectively and appropriately to industry demand and individual needs in relation to skills, training and employment in non-metropolitan South Australia.
We will collaborate with a broad range of local stakeholders and communities to develop tailored responses for skills, training and employment challenges and opportunities.
We want people in regions to have access to training, skill development and employment opportunities tailored to their needs. Equally, we want businesses to be able to recruit people who are work ready, with the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow. We want to provide tailored initiatives which meet demand and deliver improved outcomes for individuals, employers and communities.
How can your input influence the decision?
Involving local people and experts in understanding challenges and opportunities, as well as developing tailored responses in each region, will enable the community and stakeholders to own and drive solutions.
This regional engagement project provides the opportunity for new voices and new perspectives to be heard by collaborating with a broad range of local stakeholders.
- build on local knowledge to understand industry demand and individual need in relation to skills, training and employment in each non-metropolitan region.
- consult, involve and collaborate with a broad range of local stakeholders and communities to develop tailored responses to address skills, training and employment challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.
- develop a Skills and Workforce Development Plan for each region, with short, medium and long term goals and strategies.
The engagement process for Jobs and Skills in Regional SA will include:
- initial engagement to identify need and demand: June – August 2017
- the development of tailored responses with stakeholders: September – October 2017
- co-delivery of actions and implementation of responses: from early 2018
To find out more about the engagement process, please download the fact sheet (PDF 150KB)
If you live or work in the Barossa region, we want to know more about the local challenges and opportunities in relation to skills, training and employment.
To provide your feedback on a different region in SA, click through below:
You can provide your ideas, suggestions and feedback by:
- Joining the online discussion.
- Completing one of the online surveys:
- Sending in your survey answers to DSD.EngageRegions@sa.gov.au or GPO Box 320, Adelaide SA 5001:
- Calling the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266 to provide your feedback
Join our mailing list , phone or email so we can keep you informed of progress with Jobs and Skills for Regional SA and engagement opportunities in your local area.
How will your input be used?
By helping us to better understand the needs of the different kinds of job seekers and businesses in regional SA you can assist us to design and implement appropriate and effective responses to meet those needs and achieve better outcomes.
This project will focus on skills, training and employment as the priority, but there will be a process (using the Joined Up Policy Guide PDF) to ensure additional issues that impact on skills and jobs are actively pursued with other areas of Government.
A report summarising community and stakeholder input to the Jobs and Skills for Regional SA project will be published in December 2017.
Each non-metropolitan region will prepare a Skills and Workforce Development Plan in collaboration with stakeholders to identify short, medium and long-term goals and strategies. Your feedback will directly influence the development of these plans.
These plans will drive the implementation of strategies for skills, training and employment initiatives in regional South Australia from January 2018.
To be kept informed, please join our mailing list so we can provide you with updates on the Jobs and Skills for Regional SA project throughout 2017.
Regions In Focus: Barossa
The Barossa, Light and Lower North Region (the Barossa) is the smallest of the State Government Regions, covering an area of 3,145 square kilometres (0.3 percent of the State’s landmass). The region covers the local government areas of Barossa, Light, Adelaide Plains (formerly Mallala) and the Town of Gawler. The region is located 65 kilometres northeast of the Adelaide CBD, bringing significant benefits and opportunities to the region.
Gawler is the major regional centre for the wider Barossa region. Gawler has one of the fastest population growth rates in South Australia, growing at nearly 2 percent per annum, twice the State average. Smaller centres in the region include Nuriootpa, Tanunda, Angaston, Lyndoch, Kapunda, Mallala, Mt Pleasant, Roseworthy, Freeling and Two Wells.
The University of Adelaide campus in Roseworthy is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture, natural resource management and animal production. The campus also houses the State’s only veterinary science school.
The region has approximately 69,300 people and saw significant growth between 2012 and 2015 with a population increase of around 2.6 percent.
As at March 2017, the region recorded an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, below the State figure of 6.7 percent. The education attainment rate is lower in the Barossa compared to the State as a whole, and the region also has a smaller proportion of Aboriginal people and people with disability than the State average. The regional population is expected to grow by a further 110,000 people by 2030, with most growth within the Gawler and Light council areas.
Download the Literature Review - Barossa, Light and Lower North (PDF 220KB)
Barossa (State Government Region)
The Department of State Development is implementing two strategic directions to respond to the challenges of economic change by:
- Better understanding the demand and need in relation to skills, training and employment in regional SA.
- Tailoring skills and employment investment to respond to local demand and need.
The population of the Barossa region (69,000) represents around 4 per cent of the State’s population, and is growing faster than the State average rate.
Compared to South Australia, the Barossa region has higher shares of people aged 0 to 14 years and 45 to 64 years, with lower shares of people aged 15 to 44 years, and of people aged 65 and older.
In the December quarter 2016 there were 1,696 unemployed people in the Barossa region, with an estimated unemployment rate of 4.7 per cent; lower than the State unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent.
Residents of the Barossa region have lower levels of school achievement compared to South Australia as a whole. In the Barossa region, 44.0 per cent of the population aged 15 to 64 years have completed year 12 (or equivalent), compared to 54.2 per cent in South Australia.
To find out more about the engagement process planned for the Jobs and Skills for Regional SA project, please download the Skills and Employment Division Engagement Plan (PDF 345KB).