Education is the key that unlocks a person’s full potential – allowing them access to rewarding employment and a richer life. A vibrant economy creates a broad range of employment opportunities, attracting and retaining people and business investment. A robust economy supports government agencies in their provision of a broad range of services from basic utilities to tailored community development programs.
Education, Employment & Investment Priority Projects
Skills Audit Survey
RDA Southern Inland is calling for local businesses to participate in a survey in order to identify skills gaps, training needs and opportunities. The survey aims to inform RDA Southern Inland on business workforce and training needs, now and in the future. Findings from the survey will help inform RDASI on business workforce and training needs now and in the future, as well as provide information for potential businesses that may wish to invest or relocate to the Southern Inland region.
If you run your own business or hold a senior role in a business in the Southern Inland region, we would greatly appreciate your time and input into this research project. Please click here to participate.
RDA Southern Inland is the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for the Commonwealth and NSW skilled migration programs. The programs are easing skills shortages and supporting regional economic growth, however our research highlights a lack of cultural diversity within the region, suggesting there is more work to be done.
is an initiative run by business for business across the Southern Inland region of NSW. The informal catch-ups allow businesses to engage with each other, discuss potential collaborations, speak to their local council or state and federal government representatives, or simply ask questions or share innovative ideas.
Business Connect meet ups are held in Goulburn, Bungendore, Braidwood and Jindabyne.
Southern Inland Regional Accelerator (SIRA)
Small businesses are an essential part of a diverse and flexible economy and workforce. We recognise the potential of regional SMB’s and understand the crucial role they play in creating employment and wealth opportunities for the community.
Southern Inland Regional Accelerator (SIRA) will provide the top ten potential high-growth businesses in the region with an intensive business development program. Based on powerful and proven methods, the program can help your business realise it’s maximum wealth and growth potential!
RDA Southern Inland is partnering with the Regional Australia Institute and Voyager Strategies to deliver SIRA.
Regional Employer's Roadshow
RDA Southern Inland is keen to support the region's employers to do business better. Our 'Roadshow' pages provide a structured series of business tips and advice, tools and resources.
We work with business groups such as Chambers of Commerce and business netwroking organisations to deliver presentations that are focussed on the issues that your members care about.
Learn more about our Regional Employer's Roadshow here.
Federal Department of Education - www.education.gov.au
Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives - A range of programmes and incentives to support, train and retain an experienced and qualified child care and early learning workforce.
MyChild - This website contains information on the different types of child care and early learning available for families and how to get assistance with child care costs.
Universal access to early childhood education aims for all Australian children to have access to a quality early childhood education programme for 600 hours in the year before full-time schooling. Detailed information is set out in the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.
Students First - An effective education system where students come first offers greater opportunities to raise self-worth and better support families and communities.
Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) - The Australian Government provides financial assistance to students through HELP, which consists of five different loan schemes.
Federal Department of Employment - www.employment.gov.au
Employment Services 2015-2020 - From 1 July 2015 a new national employment services system will commence. The Australian Government is investing more than $5 billion over three years from 2015-16 in the new system, to better meet the needs of job seekers, employers and service providers.
Generation Success - Generation Success is an industry led initiative aimed at drawing employer’s attention to youth unemployment in Australia, and providing practical tips and advice to support employers, young people as well as parents and educators.
NSW Government - www.nsw.gov.au
State Priorities - The new State Priorities were launched by Premier Mike Baird on Monday 14th September 2015. There are thirty State Priorities, of which the Premier has identified twelve as his personal priorities.
NSW Department of Education and Communitites - www.dec.nsw.gov.au
Smart and Skilled - Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It will give people the chance to gain the skills they need to get a job and advance their careers. Smart and Skilled is being implemented in 2014 with an entitlement to government subsidised training commencing from 1 January 2015.
Local Schools, Local Decisions - Local Schools, Local Decisions is an education reform that gives NSW public schools more authority to make local decisions about how best to meet the needs of their students.
NSW Trade and Investment
Smart Work Hubs - The NSW Government's Smart Work Hub Pilot Program is helping grow knowledge based industries in NSW, supporting flexible work practices and offering commuters an alternative work location closer to home.
Innovate NSW connects technology SMEs and businesses in key sectors of the NSW economy to develop globally competitive business-to-business (B2B) solutions that address compelling needs. The program focuses on rapid development of business-driven solutions that use 'enabling technologies'.