RAI appears before Public Hearing – Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas
Regional Australia Institute (RAI) co-CEO Liz Ritchie has appeared before a Public Hearing in Melbourne, of the Senate Select Committee into Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas.
This Senate Inquiry will investigate new industries and employment opportunities that can be created in the regions. It will also report on issues relating to the number of existing jobs in regional areas in clean energy technology and ecological services and their future significance.
The RAI has provided a submission to the Inquiry which highlights current regional job vacancies, labour and skill shortages, as well as the importance of liveability as a key ingredient to attract and retain long-term skilled workforces.
Liz Ritchie also spoke to the committee about the RAI’s upcoming research, Regions in Transition, which highlights the lessons learned from structural adjustments in key regional industries. This work will be released publicly later this year.
The RAI looks forward to working with the committee to investigate our role in working as an independent body to help guide regional communities through a transition phase and establish new industries and employment opportunities.
The committee was established in July this year and is chaired by Senator Richard Di Natale. It will present its final report on or before 4 December 2019.
To find out more information about the RAI’s submission, please click here.