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Employment provides income for housing, food, and clothing. It also can provide the luxuries of life such as recreational, cultural, and leisure pursuits. Furthermore, employment provides opportunity to meet the need for personal growth and achievement and contributes to community and society growth and maintenance. Conditions that support a healthy balance between work, health, life, and family, support employment success. Employment sectors such as agriculture, dairy and marine can be vulnerable to many of the external influences such as globalisation, climate change, and natural disasters and must engage in sustainable practices to survive.

Accessibility, connections, and flexibility are also major principles as gaining access to work opportunities can attract residents or force families to leave communities. Diverse opportunities for a range of employment and working hours (casual, part time, full time) contribute to a more vibrant and robust employment sector as does the ability to connect using telecommunication platforms which make working remotely possible.

Current Influences and key principles

There have been several significant influences that have affected the GSC region’s employment in recent years. These include bushfires, drought, the downturn in the dairy industry, globalisation and trade wars, and the pandemic.

Employment in the rural & regional areas is often made up of more vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, forestry & fishing; hospitality/tourism, and small owner/self-employed businesses. Due to a lack of diversity in employment choice, businesses are particularly impacted by a lack of flexibility, but can be a great source of community connection, social cohesion & inclusion, and a vital attraction to prospective new residents and/or visitors.


Critical Indicators

Labour Force Participation Rate (2016) (%)
Leisure, Recreation and Creativity Proportion of households below Median weekly income (%)

Supplemental Indicators

  • Top 5 Industries by Proportion of Employed – ABS Census Data by Region
  • Business Entry vs Exits (Ratio) - ABS Data by Region
  • Labour Force Participation Rate % Adults 15+ - ABS Data by Region
  • Labour force participation rate for people 65 years or more (%): Values
  • People 20-24 years not employed or enrolled in education (2016) (%): Values
  • Unemployment Rate (%): Values
  • Youth Unemployment Rate (15- 24 Years) (2016) (%): Values
  • Proportion of household which are one parent family (with children under 15) below Median weekly income (%): Values

Potential Supporting Agencies and Partners

  • Great South Coast Regional Partnerships
  • Leadership Great South Coast
  • LGAs – Economic Development Officers
  • Chambers of Commerce – Trader Groups

Current Known Initiatives

Proposed Area(s) of Focus

  • Addressing Local Workforce & Education Gaps for Young People
  • Small Town Immigration – Strengthens Diversity & Economies
  • Creating Digital Connectivity for All
  • Gender Equity Improves Productivity

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