Workforce Development

2022 Orana Region Workforce Survey

Ensuring businesses across the region have their voices heard

RDA Orana undertakes these surveys with our business community, so that we can provide evidence to Governments when making submissions on behalf of the region, concerning workforce and labour supply issues. We also use this information to inform our own initiatives, development of relevant and practical programs, and work with potential partners to assist our businesses to ensure they have the workforce they need to thrive.

This year we are going bigger and broader than ever before with the continuing critical shortages across industry. The emerging project pipeline in addition to the needs of existing and potential businesses means it is now more than ever that we look to find solutions. To do this we need great on-the-ground intelligence.

We have also tried to make it as easy to contribute and participate as possible for businesses, projects, government, and even those looking for work with basic and quick surveys to fill out. Initial surveys will take you no more than 5-10 minutes to complete, we promise.

So, if you are struggling to recruit or retain your workforce now is the time to fill it in so we can advocate for you and your needs!

If you are a business or project in the Orana region that requires multiple types of occupations, are interested in skilled migration or sponsorship, or have more complicated workforce needs, we have an additional survey that may suit you better. This survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete but will give us much better insight into your future workforce plans and needs.

Want to find out more about our workforce work or how we may be able to assist your business either through RDA Orana or the O2 Network? Send us an email today with a brief description of your issues.


Effective workforce planning and development strategies are one of the six key priorities identified in the 2018/19 Regional Development Australia Orana Business Plan. Under this priority we research and assess workforce capacity and need. We facilitate, guide and lead projects which address these issues in order to drive investment and economic prosperity into our region.

Most recently in May of 2018 RDA Orana presented the Bracing for Change report.

The Orana Region Bracing for Change report represents a concerted effort by RDA Orana to gain a detailed understanding of the innovations, skills, labour and training needs required by businesses in order to secure the prosperity of the Orana region. The report builds on the existing body of rural and regional business knowledge and aims to develop and support the skills of the future- not just for employees but also for business owners.

Through focus groups, interviews and an online survey, more than 190 business owners and managers across 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the region took part in the project during 2017. Respondents included government-funded entitles and educational institutions.

The goal of the research, coupled with a desktop literature review, was to build a detailed understanding of the region’s export and innovation capacity of businesses, current and future workforce demand, capacity to meet that demand, skills gaps and shortages, now and in five years, strategies for recruitment and retention of works, training needs, impediments and work-readiness skills among job seekers.

The report makes recommendations in nine key areas including:


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