cqu_2979+SOURCE1+SOURCE1.4.pdf (1.25 MB)
Download file

Regional employments [i.e. employment] relations : some lessons for building businesses and growing employment in a regional setting

Download (1.25 MB)
conference contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Jessie KennedyJessie Kennedy, Paul HylandPaul Hyland
In rural and regional areas of Australia and indeed many rural economies the employment relationship is in many ways different to the employment relationships in capital cities and large metropolitan centers. It is clearly the case in regional communities that small and medium enterprises (SME) are the dominant providers of employment opportunities. If SME are growing then employment is growing and if SME are experiencing difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff then there are real employment difficulties. This research reports on a survey of businesses in Central Queensland and analyses the employment trends in small and medium businesses and compares these to state wide trends. The research also reports on the views of employers in these regional and rural centres with regard to traineeships and apprenticeships and their perceptions on the value of employee development and training. Many businesses seek government intervention to improve the availability of skilled labour and are unwilling to invest in employee development. This research attempts to provide a perspective on some of the problems facing employers in regional Australia and suggests some possible solutions.


Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)


Parent Title

Regionalism and globalisation : the challenge for employment relations : proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Employment Relations Association, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, 5-8 July 2004

Start Page


End Page


Number of Pages


Start Date





Yeppoon, Qld.


Faculty of Business and Law, Central Queensland University

Place of Publication

Rockhampton, Qld.

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Conference; Faculty of Business and Law;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Name of Conference

International Employment Relations Association. Conference