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Regional NSW focus of NSW Government’s new plan

November 29 2022

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) welcomes the NSW Government's Vision for Regional Communities and Action Plan 2023-2035, launched in Dubbo this morning.

RAI CEO Liz Ritchie was Master of Ceremonies at the event where The Hon Paul Toole, Deputy Premier of NSW, Minister for Regional NSW and Minister for Police outlined the plan.

Investment in housing, upskilling and growing the health workforce, ensuring equitable access to quality learning, improving regional transport networks and digital connectivity are the focus of the vision.

“This is a wide-reaching document, touching almost every aspect of life in regional Australia,” Ms Ritchie said.

The RAI’s Regionalisation Ambition 2032 – A Framework to Rebalance the Nation is wonderfully complementary to the NSW Government’s action plan, Ms Ritchie said.

The Ambition is a holistic, integrated plan to progress and empower our regions to thrive – a vision to rebalance the nation – with twenty goals over five pillars (Population; Jobs and Skills; Liveability; Productivity and Innovation; and Sustainability and Resilience).

Regional demand for labour continues to break records, with more than 94,000 vacancies posted in October. Regional unemployment is the lowest it has been in more than thirty years – 3.2 per cent.

“We have seen record job ads, underscored by enduring business confidence, regional population growth and the ongoing expansion of the services sector. Supply of labour continues to be constrained by the pool of available workers having dried up, high labour mobility, and local skills not matching roles advertised,” Ms Ritchie added.

The RAI places the goal of reducing recruitment difficulty in regional Australia as a key objective to rebalancing the nation. This ambitious goal will need action from all levels of government, industry and community.

“Our eleven years of research has told us that we need to rebalance the nation. The NSW Government has taken a positive step in investing in the future of regional NSW,” Liz Ritchie concluded. 

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Amanda Barwich
Regional Australia Institute
0429 142 232
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