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The increased connectivity in regional areas with the National Broadband Network roll out and continually improving mobile coverage as well as the rise of digital technologies sets the scene for promising new ways of working.
According to Regional Australia Institutes (RAI) Future of Regional Jobs report high demand jobs in 2030 will be:
High tech jobs: Know-how and specialists, from designing the next drone to teaching, e.g. electrical engineer, primary school teacher
High touch jobs: Do and deliver, from house renovations to creatively pursuing a passion, e.g. plumbers, personal assistant, photographer
High care jobs: Personal and emotionally engaged, from looking after young people to taking care of the household, e.g. childcare worker, fitness instructor
According to the RAI report jobs that will fade are those replaced by automation, a more digital world means that future jobs will need more high technology digital skills, as society changes the nature of our work more people will be running their own business and contracting independently.
The potential for Regional jobs growth in this context is vibrant and exciting. Having it all may just be possible!
With the arrival of the National Broadband Network and continually improving mobile network coverage doors will be opened for those families and individuals looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, with the ability to work remotely meaning more people can enjoy living a more laid back country lifestyle.
Mobile Coverage - Glen Innes Highlands benefits from 4G Mobile coverage, in most areas. Having mobile coverage and digital access saves time, money and effort. Glen Innes Severn Council is seeking funding to provide additional mobile towers in the west of their LGA. A mobile black spot program is in train - read more here.
National Broadband Network - The NBN is currently being rolled out (fibre to the curb/node) and is due for completion in June 2020 with some residents and businesses having access from as early as October 2019. NBN Fixed wireless is available in the rural areas surrounding Glen Innes, with access determined by the topography. The rural areas have access via Sky Muster satellite.
The digital economy is already transforming life in regional Australia, from the way we access services including health, education and government, to the way we work and live.
There are significant competitive advantages for regional businesses that participate in the digital economy that can be achieved through generating efficiencies in business operations, increased productivity and the ability to access new markets.
With NBN and Mobile coverage businesses can benefit from relocating to Glen Innes Highlands by reduced rents, less commuting times for workers and a more stable workforce.
Microbusiness in our region can also benefit by accessing a much greater market through digital platforms.
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