Liz Ritchie CEO Regional Australia Institute (RAI)
The world as we know it continues to shift and the complexity for businesses, communities, governments and leaders alike is real. The economic and social impacts continue to be divergent across the nation which offers both opportunities and challenges.
One of these opportunities is the ‘Regionalisation of our nation’ which is our strategy to ensure more Australians live, work and invest in Regional Australia. As such, I am delighted to host Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Michael McCormack for his pre-Budget address next week. If you would like to join us, pleaseregister here and submit any questions you would like addressed.
It’s also pleasing to see a positive shift in our latestQuarterly Regional Jobs Updatefrom our Chief Economist, Dr Kim Houghton. With current employment vacancies sitting at 45,600, this is a return to the trend we reported in 2019, which is a further sign of optimism for Regional Australia.
Here at the Institute, we’ve been engaging with all levels of government to ensure regions are a priority, and place-based policies are being enacted. We are actively building the national awareness campaign which will enable not only a vision for Regional Australia to emerge but the opportunity to create history. Thank you to the many organisations who have joined ourRegional Activators Alliance. We look forward to meeting with you all in coming weeks.
As with every month, we love to share our knowledge at conferences across the country and theDaily Telegraph’s Bush Summitin Cooma was indeed one to remember. I was humbled to be on a panel with the Deputy Prime Minister. I reiterated our key message that the regions are ready and waiting for people to make a move and embrace the good life.
OurRegions Rising webinarscontinue to receive great feedback, with one attendee saying “the sessions have become a must-watch for me”. Our most recent webinar focussed on whether the domestic tourism industry could fill the gap left by the absent international visitors.You can read a recap here.
Finally, at the RAI we are regularly engaged to undertake consulting research projects. One current project is about building a better understanding of how regional people use financial services. If you’d like to be interviewed, or want more information,please check out our website.
Until next month, you can stay up to date on all things regional via our socials, @RegionalAus