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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 350KB)
If you live or work in the Eyre and Western 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 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 3MB) 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.
The Eyre and Western Region comprises 11 local councils and has a population of more than 58,000. Spanning over 232,000 square kilometres, this region is one of the largest and the most complex. The Eyre and Western region has over 2,000 kilometres of coastline and a substantial amount of land that is sparsely populated, including several national and conservation parks, and Aboriginal owned land. The three main towns in this region, Whyalla, Ceduna and Port Lincoln, are significantly different from one another.
Consistent with many remote regions, research indicates that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 comprise the smallest population age cohort. In the Eyre and Western Region, the rates of those who have completed certificates is much higher than the State’s average (47.1 percent compared with 34 percent). However, there are issues with gaining certificate–level accreditation, including in some cases obligatory travel (and associated cost) to attend training in Adelaide.
Anecdotal reports from across the region suggest that the local economies of scale make it difficult to fund training despite the presence of providers, employers and individuals to co-invest in training.
Regions In Focus: Eyre and Western
Eyre and Western (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 Eyre and Western region (59,000) represents around 3.5 per cent of South Australia's population. The rate of population growth is less than one half that of the State average.
Compared to South Australia, the Eyre and Western region has higher shares of people aged 0 to 14 years, and 45 to 64 years; and lower shares of people aged 15 to 44 years, and of people aged 65 and older.
In the December quarter 2016 there were 1,829 unemployed people in the Eyre and Western region, with an estimated unemployment rate of 6.6 per cent; just below the State unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent.
Residents of the Eyre and Western region have lower levels of school achievement compared to South Australia as a whole. In the Eyre and Western region, 40.1 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.
The State Government has welcomed the signing of a binding agreement to sell the Arrium companies, including the Whyalla operations, to London based GFG Alliance (Liberty House).
The sale is still subject to approval by the Arrium Committee of Creditors and the Foreign Investment Review Board, however the process is anticipated to be complete by August this year.
The State Government’s steel procurement policy and Steel Taskforce work together to Support Our Steel.
To read more about the campaign go to http://supportoursteel.com.
To know more about support for Whyalla go to http://supportoursteel.com/support-for-whyalla.
The South Australian Government has previously announced a grant of $50 million for a capital upgrade of the steelworks, in addition to other support measures for the Whyalla community.
The 2017-18 State Budget also includes $1.4 million to deliver community infrastructure upgrades to Whyalla, including the redevelopment of Whyalla Jetty.
Upper Spencer Gulf
The Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region has faced challenges with the recent tightening of the mining and energy sectors. The South Australian government was quick to respond to the region’s need for support at a critical time.
South Australian government initial assistance to the region included:
An $8 million economic assistance package for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region, which comprises:
- $2 million from the Regional Jobs Accelerator fund,
- $5 million prioritised under the RDF with Regional Development Fund round 3 in 2016-17, and
- $1 million to support job creation and economic initiatives in the Upper Spencer Gulf.
Additional assistance includes:
- $10 million Whyalla Small Business Loans Scheme, to provide interest-free loans to small businesses whose invoices had been frozen due to Arrium entering into administration;
- $50 million State Government commitment to support the new owner of the Whyalla steelworks, London-based GFC Alliance; and
- $101,050 to Regional Development Australia Far North to support 100 young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were employed in the Alinta supply chain.
The Commonwealth government announced $20 million funding to support the Upper Spencer Gulf, from its $220 million Regional Jobs & Investment Package. The Local Investment Plan for the Upper Spencer Gulf (PDF 350KB) provides a framework for projects including local infrastructure, business innovation and skills and training.
- Department of State Development, Regional Workforce Report (PDF 540KB) and Data File (XLS 130KB)
- Download the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA Region In Focus report (PDF)
- Download the Regional Development Australia Board, Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula:
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 350KB).