1. Robert Edgar
    June 9, 2018 @ 11:12 am

    Why not more effort into training young people in Rural Cities and Towns to work/link with farmers. Mansfield has done it.

    Depending on migrants, backpackers and labour hire firms is a cop out. Need to develop viable linkages. This can be done but takes some leadership, not just a bucket of money around election time.


    • rai_editor
      June 18, 2018 @ 10:13 am

      Thanks for your comment Robert. Developing and harnessing the local skills base is something the RAI certainly encourages. To meet demand and enable growth, we see the need for both local skills development and migrant labour, as well as developing the local workforce- this includes improving skills of existing workers and helping unemployed people join the workforce. This is something we are looking at in our upcoming discussion paper, Riding the next wave of automation.


  2. Jason Hellyer
    August 2, 2018 @ 7:21 am

    A great initiative.

    Ultimately the challenge will always be finding people in regional centres that are enthusiastic, motivated and want to work.

    In my experience I’ve found new migrants bring these traits to the table in spades. They really do view Australia as ‘the lucky country’ and as such they ‘dig in’!

    (Born and bred in regional South Australia).


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