This engagement is now closed.
In response to the engagement feedback, the Department for Industry and Skills (formerly 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 skills and jobs 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 205KB)
If you live or work in the Limestone Coast 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: (PDF 456KB)
- 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.
Regions In Focus: Limestone Coast
The Limestone Coast region comprises seven local Councils (City of Mount Gambier, District Council of Grant, Kingston District Council, Naracoorte-Lucindale Council, District Council of Robe, Tatiara District Council and Wattle Range Council) and has a population of over 64,000 people. Spanning over 21,000 square kilometres, this region is commonly referred by South Australians simply as the ‘South East’.
The economy of the Limestone Coast capitalises on the region’s soil and significant ground water resources. The availability of predictable and stable water supplies places this region at a growing competitive advantage for horticulture and broad acre farming investment in comparison to other regions in rural South Australia. These natural resources have led to a strong economic activity derived from broad acre farming, horticulture, viticulture and forestry industries.
Primary production from the land is complemented by a manufacturing base that employs a greater proportion of workers than across South Australia generally. In addition, the region boasts a significant fishing industry focussing on rock lobster. The Limestone Coast region contributes approximately 17 percent of South Australia’s Gross State Product.
Although there are pockets of long-term unemployment, a major labour market issue for the region is the attraction and retention of the skills needed for existing businesses and for future investments.
The unemployment rate in the region has fallen from 5.8 percent in March 2016 to 4.3 percent in March 2017. Regional variation however has the upper Limestone Coast experiencing lower unemployment and the lower Limestone Coast experiencing higher unemployment.
While the regional economy and population is not experiencing strong growth, the diversity of the economic base is reported to have created a robust economy that is a firm foundation for new opportunities.
Download the Literature Review - Limestone Coast Region (PDF 300KB).
Limestone Coast (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 Limestone Coast region (65,000) people represents 3.8 per cent of South Australia's population, and the rate of population growth is 0.5 per cent, lower than the growth rate of the State population.
Compared to South Australia, the Limestone Coast region has higher shares of people aged 0 to 14 years, and aged 45 and older; with a lower share of people aged 15 to 44 years.
In the December quarter 2016 there were 1,567 unemployed people in the Limestone Coast region, with an estimated unemployment rate of 4.4 per cent, significantly lower than the South Australian rate of 6.8 per cent.
Residents of the Limestone Coast region have lower levels of school achievement compared to South Australia. In the Limestone Coast region, 39.5 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)