The 2017 Developing Northern Australia Conference will be held next month at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel over 19-20 June.
Mr Nick Byrne, Principal Consultant at REMPLAN will be discussing “Local workforce opportunities: employment forecasts enabling the understanding of local workforce development opportunities and strategies”.
Economic development and land use strategies for regions, townships and activity centres often include objectives to support and encourage increased levels of local employment. Are residents choosing to work and live locally? Can they choose to work close to home? Or, is the gravitational pull of higher income and secure employment still intrinsically linked with metropolitan and regional centres or resource rich fly in fly out locations?
The development of rigorous employment forecasting has involved integration of macro trends in labour force participation, forecast population growth, industry changes and productivity with local influences of transport infrastructure, economic development strategies, planning policy and evidence of new business creation.
Forecasts assist to identify regional strengths that can be leveraged for future economic and employment growth. Commonly this includes increasing the local levels of economic diversity, proximity to markets, visitor activity and enabling infrastructure that supports increased mobility, education & research and liveability.
Employment forecasts have enabled an understanding of the difference between the future resident working population and local workforce. Understanding regional locations’ future workforce can directly inform development of local Economic Development Strategies to drive policy change, infrastructure investment and regional workforce plans.
This presentation will build on previous regional project examples to provide insights and approaches to support the future northern Australian workforce. The presentation will also include an overview of the importance of investment profiling in order to attract industry, business and employment to the region, as used by and developed in conjunction with the Pilbara Development Corporation, Central Highlands and Isaac Regional Council.
Register today and secure your place at the 2017 Developing Northern Australia Conference.