Jul 232013

New goals and strategies for regional education, skills and jobs

The 34 RESJ Coordinators have engaged with local community stakeholders to develop 46 Regional Education, Skills and Jobs Plans (one in each of the non-metropolitan Regional Development Australia regions) to improve participation and outcomes in education, training and employment. The plans they have produced identify issues, goals and strategies relating to education, skills and jobs in their regions.

The Regional Education, Skills and Jobs (RESJ) Plans have now been published and can be found on this web page Support for Employers.

Close community engagement/local strategies

The Regional Education, Skills and Jobs Plans were developed by RESJ Coordinators with close community engagement and include views from young people, parents, employers, educators, service providers, peak bodies, community leaders, government organisations and agencies and other interested individuals and organisations. The plans draw strongly upon existing strategic plans in each region, including the local Regional Development Australia regional plan.

Each plan reflects community priorities and includes goals and local strategies to achieve the community’s objectives, based on four key themes: early childhood education and care; school education; tertiary education and training; and jobs, skills and workforce development.

The plans build on the range of services and programs already offered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the strategies draw on the programs of other government agencies and the opportunities arising from major local projects.

The plans are living and responsive documents that will be revisited throughout their implementation  to ensure they respond to emergent issues and opportunities or changing community or government priorities in regional Australia.

These plans will be a key aspect of the Australian Government’s strategy to improve productivity and participation in regional Australia.


  • Access to early childhood education
  • Workforce development for the early childhood sector
  • Year 12 participation and retention
  • VET participation
  •  Higher education participation
  •  Labour market participation
  • Indigenous education and employment participation
  • Linking skills development to local labour market needs
  • Opportunities from other government initiatives, such as the Clean Energy Future initiative, National Broadband Network roll out and Murray Darling Basin Plan.

About Regional Education, Skills and Jobs Coordinators

Regional Education, Skills and Jobs Coordinators (RESJs) work with a range of local stakeholders, including Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committees, in the 46 non-metropolitan RDA areas. They are available to the business community to provide advice, support and assistance on workforce planning and development.