Riverina Skills Study

Melanie Renkin, Larissa Bamberry

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


In 2019, following previous skills surveys and an audit into Horticulture Skills Gaps, RDA Riverina was partially funded by the Charles Sturt AgriPark Seed Fund to conduct a Riverina Skills Study in collaboration with Charles Sturt University. The skills shortage across the Riverina has been exacerbated by COVID -19. The regional renaissance is an incredible opportunity for the Riverina, however current employment vacancies have reached a ten year high and unemployment in the region is trending down.
In the study it was identified that 78% of respondents reported having difficulty in filling vacancies and almost 50% of all vaccines in the past 12 months being unable to be filled. This is the immediate challenge. However, 74% of respondents felt that it was highly or somewhat likely that the skills needs would change in the next five years, leading to a requirement for reskilling the workforce and the need for a shift in employment pathways and education
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyAgriPark Seed Fund
Number of pages128
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021


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