Partnership with the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship
Creating an Enabling Environment – Develop entrepreneurial learning, skills and culture
The Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to build thriving rural communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities.
ACRE is currently working with RCV member councils to deliver cross sector learning via the delivery of Understanding Social Enterprise workshops. This learning program deliberately brings leaders from government, community, education and business together to have a new dialogue about sustainable approaches to building economic and social capital. This approach builds a new understanding of possibility in rural communities whilst activating (often for the first time) different sector leaders combining forces on projects.
The Understanding Social Enterprise learning program is a practical two day experience that introduces learners to the objectives, values, purpose and practice of social enterprise. This facilitator led experience provides participants with the opportunity to learn about this new enterprising model that combines the best of business with clear and purposeful social aims.
The workshop explores the social enterprise concept and a number of operating models, the challenges and opportunities inherent in the model, and what the future holds for this growing movement.
Social enterprises are becoming increasingly attractive and effective as a vehicle for organisations to sustainably generate income and deliver increased social impact within their communities.
Learning outcomes for participants include:
- Defining the values and purpose of a social enterprise to better understand where it sits in relation to the corporate and voluntary sector
- Exploring the opportunities and drivers such as managing a triple bottom line to understand what issues you might face in developing and managing a social enterprise
- Using tools and resources to help plan for and assess the potential of social enterprise ideas
- Examining the range of organisational and legal structure available to social enterprises to comprehend the variety of types of social enterprise
- Discussing real life examples of social enterprise to deepen peoples understanding of the realities of setting up and running a social enterprise
- Exploring the ongoing role that they may have in the sector to enable follow on from the learning program.
Want to get involved?
Express your interest in hosting an ACRE-led social enterprise workshop by contacting the RCV Secretariat.
Population Attraction and Retention Strategies for Rural Victorian Communities
Rural Victorian communities face a range of opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing world where some significant forces are at work, including:
- Globalisation and the rise of Asia
- Changing demographics
- Rapidly changing technology
- Climate change
Issues of long-term population decline, ageing and changes brought about by shifts in patterns of agricultural production and technology represent both challenges and opportunities for rural Victorian towns and regions. Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) has a clear role to play in supporting its 38 member organisations and their communities in responding to the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities.
This project is intended to determine drivers and barriers to population attraction and retention and economic development relevant to Victorian rural communities. It will identify a priority set of initiatives for implementation over three years towards creating stronger and more sustainable rural communities.
Population Growth in Rural Victoria – Opportunities and Actions
RCV member councils have identified that population policy is a very important issue and one that many Councils have taken action to address. The limited availability of resources of individual rural councils is likely to have contributed to a lack of impact and success of these initiatives across the State, however, highlighting the need for State Government co-ordination and funding. Rural Councils Victoria commissioned Urban Enterprise to prepare an in depth report on opportunities in area for Victoria.
This report draws on research, analysis and consultation, all of which lead to the clear conclusion that Victoria needs a population strategy and associated population targets for rural areas which are supported by a range of actions to ensure the ongoing sustainability of rural Victoria and the State as a whole.
Rural Workforce Development
Between 2001 and 2016, the total number of jobs in rural Victoria has grown by 22%, or 48,676 jobs. The significant uplift in the growth in employment experienced in rural Victoria in the period 2011 to 2016 has strained the ability of the existing rural labour force to service this demand. A number of rural councils have noted that there are businesses in a range of sectors that are presently unable to meet their requirements for workers. There is a need to increase the supply of workers with the skills needed for rural based businesses.
This report outlines opportunities to develop the rural workforce, by highlighting industry sectors and key strategies for such development.
Requests for Tender
Rural Councils Victoria is currently seeking tenders for the following projects.
Rural Investment Attraction Program
RCV is seeking to commission the development of a Rural Investment Attraction Program. The program will introduce mechanisms and capacity building to identify, promote and facilitate significant private sector investment opportunities in rural Victoria. This will be achieved through a collaborative approach across RCV member councils to present an attractive scale of investment to the private sector.
Older Persons Services and Accommodation Program
RCV is seeking to commission the development of an Older Persons Services and Accommodation Program. The program will support the capacity for rural communities to attract and retain older people.
Delivery of Services that Contribute to Liveability Program
RCV is seeking to commission a Delivery of Services that Contribute to Liveability report. The report will identify alternative means by which rural communities can access services that underpin liveability. The project will identify examples of working models of alternate service delivery and the process by which the community has achieved the outcome.
Building on Success Toolkit Review
Rural Councils Victoria has developed a range of tools to assist Councils in their day to day work, which are made available from the Rural Councils Victoria website. The project is intended to review and refresh all of the toolkits to ensure they’re adding value to Council staff.