This engagement is now closed.
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 205KB)
If you live or work in the Murraylands and Riverland 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) 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 Murraylands and Riverland comprise 8 local councils with a combined population of approximately 71,000 people (4.2 percent of the state population). The region is predominately rural with larger townships at Barmera, Berri, Loxton, Mannum, Murray Bridge, Renmark and Waikerie. The 36,500 square kilometres of land is used largely for agriculture, horticulture and viticulture (particularly grain, wool, dairy, citrus, fruit and grapes). The region is served by main highways and is located on key transport routes between Adelaide and the eastern states.
Based on the most recent Census results there has been a significant increase in the number of people in the 60 to 69 age group and the 70 to 84 age group, and a significant decrease in the 35-49 age group, pointing to an ageing population. It is also noted that the percentage of Health Care and Social Assistance businesses in the region is lower compared to the average for the State and has decreased since 2012 along with the number of jobs in the sector.
These statistics may indicate that there is a disconnect between the services that will be needed in the region compared to what is being offered now.
The River Murray, with its associated wetlands and wildlife, is a major tourist attraction. Towards the coast, the Coorong National Park, Lake Alexandrina and the shores of Lake Albert are all well-known tourist attractions, particularly for recreational boating and fishing.
The Murraylands and Riverland region has a strong Aboriginal culture and heritage. In 2011 there were 2,409 Aboriginal people in the region, an increase of 16.9 percent since 2006. The main Aboriginal communities are Ngarrindjeri, Ngaiawang, Ngawait, Nganguruku, Ngintait, Ngaralte, and Ngarkat. Significant efforts are being made to encourage Aboriginal people to finish school, maintain housing and jobs and improve their health.
To find out more, please download the Literature Review – Murraylands and Riverland (PDF 295KB)
Regions In Focus: Murraylands and Riverland
Murraylands and Riverland (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 Murraylands and Riverland region is 69,000 people representing 4.1 per cent of South Australia's population. The population growth rate is significantly lower than for the State as a whole.
Compared to South Australia, the Murraylands and Riverland 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 2,319 unemployed people in the Murraylands and Riverland region, with an estimated unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent, equal to the South Australian reate.
Residents of the Murraylands and Riverland region have lower levels of school achievement compared to South Australia as a whole. In the Murray and Mallee region, 35.7 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.
- Department of State Development Workforce Report (PDF 540KB)
- Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA Region In Focus report (PDF)
- Regional Development Australia Board Murraylands and Riverland
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).