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Economic Impact Assessment of the Creation and Retention of Rural Jobs

RCV commissioned Crowe Horwath to conduct an economic impact assessment to quantify the relative value of jobs created or retained in rural towns. The report confirms what many of our member councils have experienced anecdotally; that the impact of any single job is magnified in a small rural community, and that the smaller the town the larger the impact. Consequently, the report also articulates the significant cost of each and every single job that is lost in a rural setting.

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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.

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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.

Executive Summary

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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.

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