In finding a solution to the employment challenge, there is little to gain from increasing investment in education and training given that it is likely that many of those actively seeking work already have qualifications, skills and experience. In addition, many recent graduates are likely to be joining the employment queue.
The most effective means for increasing employment opportunities will be to attract investment to the state and stimulate demand for workers. While there will be those touting the silver lining of the recent bush fires and the stimulus involved in rebuilding vital communities, this will provide short term relief only, The state needs to continue its investment in creating a competitive business environment to leverage our natural competitive and comparative advantages. This includes investment in infrastructure, particularly freight logistics as well as regulatory reform in terms of planning and the labour market.