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Rural and regional needs and priorities

What can I do to assist my students to engage with issues affecting rural and regional Victoria?

Skills shortages

Where appropriate, encourage Deakin graduates to live and work in rural or regional Victoria, by drawing attention to fields of critical need as identified by state and local government e.g. allied health professionals, mathematics teachers, engineers etc. Detailed lists of skill needs for each region of Victoria are available from the Victorian Government's 'Live and Work in Melbourne and Regional Victoria' website at:


Links to the lists of skill needs for the south central and south western regions of Victoria are as follows:



An extensive online resource aimed at promoting living and working in provincial Victoria is available at:


Skills shortages in regional Victoria occur for a number of reasons, including population growth combined with a lag in the supply of skilled labour; and economic growth combined with a declining and/or ageing population (and hence workforce). This latter situation has occurred in western Victoria (source: Victorian Government, Department of Sustainability and Environment , Skills Shortages webpage, accessed 9 April 2010 at:


Further information on industry and skills for regional Victoria is available from the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development website at:


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19th July 2010