SEGRA is back on the 26–28 October 2016

SEGRA - Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia

SEGRA 2015 Spotlight Sessions

Day 1 - Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Spotlights 1 - 5
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Day 2 - Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Spotlights 6 - 10
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Spotlight 1

Challenges, Issues and Strategies for Developing Regional Industry

 

This spotlight will be led by Professor Kishor Sharma (Charles Sturt University) and will cover pressing regional issues and challenges including skill shortages in regional Australia, regional migration and local industrial performance. Ideas Champions include economic researchers and policy makers with extensive experience in regional development issues in both Australia and overseas.

 

Facilitator:
Prof. Kishor Sharma, Professor of Economics, Charles Sturt University



Re-Imagining the Region: what it means for regional business development
Dr. Paul Collits, Adjunct Professor, School of Business, University of the Sunshine Coast

Internal Migration Across Regional Australia: the impact of industrial change
Prof. Kishor Sharma, Professor of Economics, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenter:
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University


Earnings Outcomes in Metropolitan and Regional Labour Markets: a gender based analysis for New South Wales

Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

The Role and Linkages in Employment Growth Across Australia's Regions
Dr. Thomas Murphy, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

Prof. Mark Morrison, Sub-Dean (Research), Professor in Economics, Charles Sturt University

Danielle Ranshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Western Research Institute

Emerging Trends in Skills Shortages in Regional New South Wales: the case of the Riverina region
Prof. Edward Oczkowski, Sub-Dean (Research Students), Professor in Applied Economics and Quantitative Methods, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:

Lani Houston, Former Chief Executive Officer, RDA Riverina

Prof. Kishor Sharma, Professor of Economics, Charles Sturt University

Spotlight 2

Raising Up Leaders and Getting Things Done in the Regions

This spotlight will be led by Cassandra Hughes, Manager Economic and Community Development, Shire of Cranbrook in WA. The session will examine some of the traits of leaders in thriving-towns and communities and the ways in which they use their skills to benefit their communities. Key themes will include the components of effective influence, the context in which you have influence, influencing strategies and implementation, and fostering new leaders.

 

Facilitator:
Cassandra Hughes, Manager Economic and Community Development, Shire of Cranbrook and SEGRA National Steering Committee


Discussion Leaders:

Ashley Bland, Senior Manager - Environment, Skillset

The Apprenticeships of the 21st Century
Christine Doan, Director, Malanda North

Debra Howe, Manager Economic Development, Mackay Regional Council

How Can We Change Things: leadership,entrepreneur, business development
Cr. Joan White, Councillor, Goondiwindi Regional Council

Spotlight 3

Creating Diverse Regional Futures

Australia is becoming an ethnically diverse society and it is important that regional, rural and remote Australia is able to capture the benefits from this diversity. At the same time, these communities also need to fully capitalise on their existing human resources. The challenge for regional Australia is to develop socially inclusive communities where people feel valued, their differences accepted and respected and all barriers to their active participation in the economic, political and cultural life of the community are removed. The important questions to be considered in this session include: What are the benefits for regional communities from diversity? How can we encourage diversity and inclusion? Is it harder for regional communities to ensure inclusion? What are the important policies for creating diverse regional futures?

 

Facilitator:
Bronwyn Voyce, Co-Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland & Torres Strait Inc and Co-Founder, yRepublic - Cairns Millennial Taskforce


Discussion Leaders:

The Maliyan Experience: a journey into cultural excellence
Rod Towney, Manager, Aboriginal Education and Training Unit, TAFE Western

Co-presenter:
Maxine Greenfield, Aboriginal Partnerships & Industry Liaison, TAFE Western

Justice Reinvestment
Dr. Jill Guthrie, Research Fellow, Australian National University

Aboriginal Education and Employment Partnerships
Amanda Spalding, Director Corporate Services, TAFE Western
Co-presenter: Jamie Sampson, Educational Leader Aboriginal Programs, TAFE Western

Spotlight 4

Delivering Productivity Outcomes from Technological from Digital Disruption

The undeniable widespread and deep changes that brought about digitisation has significantly contributed to productivity growth in the Australian economy. However such transformational change does not necessarily translate into widespread or major productivity growth. Australia has been seen as one of the first countries to show productivity gains from putting ICTs to innovative uses. This spotlight will consider: where are the new opportunities for productivity improvements? Are we taking-up on these? How can we implement these opportunities in Regional Australia?


Facilitator:

Cr. Rod Macdonald, Portfolio for Knowledge Economy & Education and Major Projects, City of Greater Geelong and SEGRA National Steering Committee


Discussion Leaders:

Ian Aitken, Director, Engineering and Solutions, Samsung Electronics

Dr. Rui Bi, Lecturer in Management, Charles Sturt University

Leveraging a Cohesive Digital Strategy to Deliver Economic Growth
Graham Perry, Chief Executive Officer, Inland NSW

Practical Ways to Build Social Capital and Business Enterprises of Local Levels: response to global drivers
Robert Reed, Director, Forms Express Pty Ltd

Spotlight 5

Labour Markets and Regional Australia

Labour and capital are essential factors of production. In regional Australia labour can be a significant differentiator in investment location decisions. The increasing shift to post industrial economies creates new opportunities for regions - this will mean exploring how to adapt through socially, spatially and economically restructuring concepts of location of production, structuring of work and distribution of costs and risks. Issues to be considered in this spotlight include: the nature of businesses, the use of migrant and mobile workforces, the remaking of the SME, the construct of regions as a productive landscape. Case studies will be used to highlight how some regions have increased labour capacity in their regional economies.


Facilitator:

Dr. Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra


Discussion Leaders:

Permanent and Temporary Immigrants and Rural Development in Australia
Prof. Jock Collins, Professor of Social Economics, University of Technology, Sydney

Co-presenter:
A/Prof. Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Associate Professor in Management, Charles Sturt University

Designated Area Migration Agreements
Anthony Friday, Chief Executive Officer, Pilbara Regional Council

The SME Regional Job-Creation Opportunity
John Hemphill, Director, Voyager Strategies Pty Ltd

Pacific Seasonal Workers in the Australian Horticultural Sector
A/Prof. Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Associate Professor in Management, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:
Prof. Jock Collins, Professor of Social Economics, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr. Devaki Monani, Lecturer in Social Work, Australian Catholic University

Todd Williams, Chief Executive Officer, RDA Hunter

Spotlight 6

Regional Production and Conservation Landscapes

 

Regional production and conservation landscapes will initially be explored from three perspectives. First, by examining the determinants for adoption of current natural resources management processes. Second, by reflecting this review onto the issue of agricultural restructuring and disadvantaged farmers. Education and sustainability as conflicted missions provide a third and linking point of focus. These perspectives will be framed in the context of the need to understand the inter-connected roles of natural and modified ecosystems and human ecology in understanding the socio-economic dynamics of production and conservation landscapes.

The proposition: Don't demonise carbon! It is essential to regional landscapes, rural and remote communities and you provides a fourth perspective. For example, by reflecting on the value of retaining and putting carbon into the soil to maintain and enhance production and conservation landscapes.

Included will be a critical consideration of the inherent value of coal as a source of new 21st Century products, rather than simple burning a valuable non-renewable resource to generate electric power. For example, producing and using carbon-in-water' fuel from either brown or black coal to reduce the vulnerability of primary producers and the transport sector across rural and remote Australia.

 

Facilitator:
Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

 

Discussion Leaders:


Prof. Max Finlayson, Director, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University

Don't Demonise Carbon! It is Essential to Regional landscapes, Rural and Remote Communities and You
Gerry Morvell, Chair, Conservation Volunteers and Chair, Wetlands Australia

A/Prof. Peter Waterman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of the Sunshine Coast and SEGRA National Steering Committee

 

Case Studies:

The Determinants of the Adoption of Current Recommended Practices for Natural Resource Management in the Wimmera Region of Australia
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

Australian Agricultural Restructuring and Disadvantaged Farmers
Ren Hu, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong

Spotlight 7

Building Capacity: key policy trends including regions and their towns and cities

There has been much activity in the regional space with White Papers on Reform of the Federation, Agricultural Competitiveness, Energy, Tax and Developing Northern Australia as well as a range of Royalty for Regions Programs, and a Senate Enquiry into Regional Cities. All these policy foci have identified challenges for in areas of governance, capability, land tenure, native title, government approvals, fiscal policy and planning alignment across all four layers of government; Federal, State, Regional and Local. This session will look at what sort of capacities regional Australia needs to have and how regions might build this capacity.

 

Facilitator:
Paul Rosair, Principal, NAJA Business Consulting Services


Discussion Leaders:

Where Have All the Regions Gone?
Simon Boughey, Chief Executive Officer, Cherry Growers Australia and SEGRA National Steering Commitee

The Legal Personality of Cities and Reforming the Federation
Dr. Benjamen Gussen, Lecturer in Law and Economics, University of Southern Queensland

The Current State of the Regional Development in Western Australia
Paul Rosair, Principal, NAJA Business Consulting Services

Spotlight 8

Factors Influencing the Success of Regional Businesses

Entrepreneurship researchers from the Faculty of Business at CSU will present results on three Australian Research Council funded projects that focus on developing regional businesses, the factors that influence the performance of regional businesses, and the contributions that they make to their regional economies. They focus on key interest groups such as Indigenous businesses and humanitarian immigrants, as well as mainstream regional businesses. Issues examined include innovative ways to develop businesses, such as the model of village entrepreneurship which harnesses unique local resources, as well as identifying a range of practices and resources that improve firm competiveness and success.


Facilitator:

Prof. Mark Morrison, Sub-Dean (Research), Professor in Economics, Charles Sturt University

 

IT Innovation and SME Performance
Dr. Rui Bi, Lecturer in Management, Charles Sturt University

Australian Indigenous Entrepreneurial Leadership
A.Prof. Michelle Evans, Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Charles Sturt University

Co-Author:
Prof. Ian Williamson, Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

Determining the Factors Influencing the Success of Private and Community-Owned Indigenous Business Across Remote, Regional and Urban Australia
Prof. Mark Morrison, Sub-Dean (Research), Professor in Economics, Charles Sturt University

Co-presenters:
Dr. Parikshit Basu, Associate Professor in Economics/Finance, Charles Sturt University

Prof. Jock Collins, Professor of Social Economics, University of Technology, Sydney

A/Prof. Branka Krivokapic-Skoko, Associate Professor in Management, Charles Sturt University

Spotlight 9

Regional Education and Employment Opportunities

Access to education across the school, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and tertiary sectors is a particular challenge in many rural and regional areas of Australia. Linked to this challenge is the need for education at the various levels to prepare people for a pathway into further study or entry into the workplace and employment of their choice. In addition employees need ongoing access to relevant and current education and skills development opportunities across their working lives. A challenge for educational providers is to meet the training and workforce needs of local industry and communities despite the challenges presented by vast distances, low student/staff numbers and diverse industry needs. This challenge is best met by close working relationships between educational providers and employers which see the development of local initiatives with real outcomes.

This session will look at some of the issues relating to the provision of education in regional Australia including links to employment outcomes from both a student and employer perspective.

 

Facilitator:
Andrew Crowley, Director VET Delivery, TAFE NSW Western Institute

 

Discussion Leaders:

TAFE Western Connect: more choices in more places
Bettyanne Hauville, Connect Co-ordinator, Customer Innovation, TAFE NSW Western Institute

Maximising Access to VET
Matt Bennett, Manager Assets & Infrastructure Planning, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute

Co-presenter:
Leanne Small, Manager Business Community & Partnerships, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute

Craig Randazzo, Chief Executive Officer, Skillset

Todd Williams, Chief Executive Officer, RDA Hunter

Spotlight 10

Working with Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

SMEs are often characterised as the 'engine room' of an economy – even more so in many regional economies where they make up the vast majority of businesses. How can regional leaders and economic development practitioners work most effectively to harness and extend the capacity and potential of these businesses? The first part of the workshop will have participants sharing their experiences in working with SMEs, discovering the success factors and pitfalls. The second part will step through practical application of five tools and resources for supporting SME growth. The strengths and weaknesses of each tool and resource will be covered, and discussed to highlight the filtering needed to select the right approach for the target group of SMEs. Some programs work best for groups of compatible growth-oriented businesses, while others work best for independently-minded individuals either starting out or expanding. The third part of the workshop will involve participants designing an SME growth program matched to the needs of their region.

Facilitator:
Dr. Kim Houghton, General Manager, Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Canberra