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RDAFSC launches transport and employment project

Regional Development Australia Far South Coast (RDA FSC) has been successful in achieving Australian Government funding under the Regional Employment Trials program to undertake a research project into the extent that the current regional transport infrastructure limits employment capability.  The funding is provided by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Chief Executive Officer of RDA FSC, Fiona Hatcher, said, “The project will seek to identify and then establish the extent of specific issues regarding the transport offerings in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Local Government Areas.”

Ms Hatcher added, “The project aims to identify opportunities to improve access to employment and build connectivity between employers and job seekers as well as enabling access to educational pursuits.”

The research and analysis will be undertaken by the Western Research Institute (WRI), who will be conducting telephone interviews, virtual videoconferences, email surveys and online surveys to collect information from individual jobseekers and businesses across the region.

Ms Hatcher said, “We are encouraging anyone who is seeking employment, currently enrolled or seeking to access the education or training market, to complete the online survey. The link to the online survey will be available on the RDA FSC website.” 

The online survey will open on Monday 4 May 2020 and will close on Friday 29 May 2020. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June.


  • Regional Development Australia Far South Coast – Fiona Hatcher, Chief Executive Officer, 0409 000 232
  • Western Research Institute – Kathy Woolley, Chief Executive Officer, 0428 987 202 

About WRI

The Western Research Institute is a not for profit organisation dedicated to enhancing regional communities by providing current and reliable research and data analysis. WRI offers economic and cost benefit modelling, market research, process improvement assessment, grant applications and business case developments. WRI is regionally based in Bathurst, NSW and has supported regional development since 1998.

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