Traditionally, job creation has kept pace with the high rate of population growth in the region. However, according to ABS Census data (2011), some of the less attractive features of our region’s labour market include the casualisation of the workforce, under-employment and long-term unemployment rates that are higher than the NSW average. Figures from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations indicate the Northern Rivers relies strongly on employment in retail (14.4% of total employment), with the health care and social sector also accounting for a significant proportion of total employment in the region (13.0%). Accommodation and food services, and manufacturing, continue to employ a large percentage of the population.

Workforce Development

RDA-Northern Rivers has been involved in workforce development projects and a number of resources from those projects are available for download. From 2007-10 the Innovative Development of Excellent Aged Services (IDEAS) project aimed to increase the capability, expertise overall employment in the aged services sector in the region.

In 2012-13, the NSW Sugar Workforce Transition Project aimed to increase retention in the local Sugar industry and also included the development and pilot of the North Coast Agricultural Shared Labour Pool.

Document NameTypeFile Size
A career in the Sugar Industrypdf914.4 KiB
Agricultural Skills Calendarpdf204.7 KiB