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Western Melbourne Skills Needs

Priority 1: Economic development and employment growth

Need to develop the local economy to provide employment opportunities for the rapidly growing population.

What skills/experience will be needed from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • A strategic overview and understanding of the economic development and employment issues relevant to Melbourne's West
  • A background in government, business or the community sector aligned with economic development and employment issues.
  • A good understanding and knowledge of the key regional, state and federal players as well as the key strategies that could influence economic and employment growth
  • Experience in developing innovative strategies and implementation to “make things happen”
  • Skills related to business, industry or investment development.

Priority 2: Education, training and skills

There is a critical need to increase the education and skill levels of the region's population and increase investment in education and skills development to attract business growth, increase employment opportunities and facilitate the west to transition into a global knowledge economy.

What skills/experience will be needed from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • A strategic overview and understanding of the economic development and employment issues relevant to Melbourne's West
  • A background in government, business or the community sector aligned with economic development and employment issues.
  • A good understanding and knowledge of the key regional, state and federal players as well as the key strategies that could influence economic and employment growth
  • Experience in developing innovative strategies and implementation to “make things happen”
  • Skills related to business, industry or investment development.

Priority 3: Health and Livability

WMRDA research has shown that rates of preventable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions are generally higher in Melbourne's West. Preventive health promotions and interventions are needed to contain health costs and provide residents with equal opportunity to fully participate in work, community and family life.

What skills/experience will be needed from future committee members to achieve this priority?

  • A strategic overview and understanding of the issues relating to health and its connection to economic development
  • A strategic overview and knowledge of the health industry
  • An understanding of the importance of health and community development, health as a key industry sector and as an important service provider to the region
  • An understanding of regional disadvantage and its relationship to health and employment inequity

Geography

Is geographic representation important to achieve the RDA committee's priorities?

  • Yes.

Which geographic areas require greater representation from future members?

  • Representation is desirable across the region, ie., from inner city, middle ring and outer areas.

Other Comments

While geographic representation is important, it is also important to have a mix of members from government, business and community as well as from different sectors such as manufacturing, education, health, transport and construction. Other priority areas for the Western Melbourne RDA are connectivity (transport and digital), environment and sustainability and building communities.