“How to engage ‘untapped’ labour force to assist northern development? Case study of Darwin, NT”

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Presenter:  Dr Kate Golebiowska and Ms Alicia Boyle from the Northern Institute

Date: Sep 16, 2015

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

Contact person:  LEBA Research and Postgraduate Office
T: 8946 6156
E: lebaresearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Lecture theatre Blue 5.1.01


This presentation discusses findings from a pilot study investigating how to unlock the potential of the ‘untapped’, resident labour force in the Northern Territory (NT). The Territory has one of the strongest economies in Australia but its capacity to take full advantage of the opportunities with which it is presented is limited. The constraints arise from a small population base and a tight labour market, mobile workforce and wide-spread skills shortages. With a renewed focus on the North, more development is anticipated to occur. Upskilling and getting into meaningful employment under-engaged and disengaged locally resident groups can be an important auxiliary strategy for workforce development, in addition to recruiting new workers from interstate and overseas. This presentation reports the results of an online survey of SMEs in Darwin, which aimed to gauge the scale of employment of the groups under review and what ongoing support were necessary for employers and employees in order to retain these workers. The survey was intended to permit formulating and communicating recommendations to the relevant stakeholders with capacity to initiate change. As this presentation reports on a work in progress, tentative recommendations will be discussed.


Kate is a research fellow with an interest in social and economic impacts of international migration.  She has led and/or participated in studies on the governance of immigration policy and immigrant settlement in regional and remote regions of Australia.

Alicia has worked in teaching, leadership, management and research positions in VET/TAFE for nearly thirty years. Alicia works extensively in applied research in regional and remote areas with key interests in education, workforce development and technology for learning.

RSVP by Tuesday 15th September via Outlook or email LEBAResearch@cdu.edu.au
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Lunch will be provided upon receipt of an RSVP