Where all the best jobs are in regional NSW
Job hunters are being urged to consider employment opportunities in regional areas as a record number of vacancies are available.
Analysis by independent think tank, the Regional Australia Institute, showed based on the latest job vacancy data more than 50,000 jobs were advertised across the country's regions in September.
This is a five per cent increase compared to September last year - and an 11 per cent increase on the previous month of August.
The Institute's chief executive officer Liz Ritchie said it was a "very positive sign" for resilience in regional areas that had been hit hard during the pandemic.
"We've certainly seen across regions that they have the ability to step up and get on with the business of generating employment and think about recovery," she said.
"We've known for some time there's consistently jobs available in the regions that are well-paid roles where city dwellers are not aware they are available.
"The opportunity to have a better lifestyle, a bigger home and a backyard to raise your family our family in is very appealing."
The RAI on Wednesday will launch the Regional Activators Alliance (RAA) - a new body to help create its National Awareness Campaign aimed at driving population to the regions.
Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the nation's unemployment rate in September was 6.9 per cent but this does not include those receiving JobKeeper payments.
There are 900,000 businesses and more than 3.5 million Australians receiving JobKeeper payments.
Ms Ritchie said among the industries where jobs are available includes in trades, automotive, engineering, construction and other professions including medicine, allied health, diagnostics, legal and administrative.
Harriet Coutts, 24, made the move from Brisbane to Moree in NSW 12 months ago when a job offer came up that was too good to refuse.
After completing her university studies she took up a position as communications officer at the local Moree council.
"I applied for the job and they called me straight away, it's been great," Ms Coutts said.
"It was really too good to be true to be stepping out of university and straight into a job.
"I haven't seen many jobs come up in Brisbane or Sydney in the communications realm for a local government job and I've been given more responsibility than if I was in a big city council."
Ms Coutts said she has been able to live on a larger property and have a relaxing lifestyle by making the leap to the bush.
Minister Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator Michaelia Cash said the boost to jobs in regions was due to the Federal Government's economic recovery plan and gradual easing of restrictions across Australia.
"Since May 2020 job advertisements have increased by 77.9 per cent in regional areas, compared with a rise of 50.4 per cent in the capital cities," she said.
"The number of Australians back into work has since increased by 446,500 over the last four months."
Minister Cash said regional areas had been less impacted by COVID-19 than the metropolitan areas because "businesses do not rely on the critical mass of customers that were forced out of the cities to work from home".
The latest job vacancy data showed 22 of the 32 regions were now showing vacancy levels higher than September 2019.
Number of advertised job vacancies
Sept 2019 Sept 2020 % change
Regional Australia 48,316 50,776 5.1%
Regional NSW (excludes Sydney) 12,959 16,205 25%
Regional Vic (excludes Melbourne) 6347 5184 -18.3%
Regional Qld (excludes Brisbane) 14,270 14,900 4.4%
Regional SA (excludes Adelaide) 1058 1299 22.7%
Tasmania 1846 1794 -2.8%
Regional WA (excludes Perth 3860 4314 17.2%
NT 1778 1770 -0.5%
ACT 6378 5310 -16.7%
Mainland capitals 131,249 95,563 -27.2%
Number of advertised job vacancies
Aug 2020 % change Aug-Sept 2020
Regional Australia 45,601 11.3%
Regional NSW (excludes Sydney) 14,148 14.5%
Regional VIC (excludes Melbourne) 4936 5.0%
Regional QLD (excludes Brisbane) 13,412 11.1%
Regional SA (excludes Adelaide) 1155 12.4%
TAS 1593 12.6%
Regional WA (excludes Perth) 3926 9.9%
NT 1586 11.6%
ACT 4845 9.6%
Mainland capitals 86,771 10.1%
FIVE REGIONS WITH THE BIGGEST INCREASES OVER 12 MONTHS
Dubbo & Western NSW with 73% more vacancies in September 2020 than September 2019
South West WA with 45% more
NSW Southern Highlands & Snowy with 44% more
NSW Tamworth & North West with 35% more
NSW Riverina & Murray with 31% more
Five regions with the biggest jumps from August 2020 to September 2020 were:
Dubbo & Western NSW up 17%
South West WA up by 16%
NSW North Coast up by 16%
SA Fleurieu Peninsula & Murray Mallee up by 16%
Toowoomba & South West Qld up by 15%
Source: Compiled by the Regional Australia Institute based on data from the internet Vacancy Index from the Department of Education, Skills, Employment and Business.
Originally published as Where all the best jobs are in regional NSW