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Regional Skills Projects

Regional Employers' Alliance Project (REAP) -
A Project to Establish Alliances with Employers within the Resource and Infrastructure Industry Sectors


In 2007 the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) - now the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) - engaged LGMA National to lead a project to develop alliances with employers within the resources, infrastructure, agriculture and local government industry sectors.

The aim of the project is to evaluate the potential career paths in a range of occupations across the sectors and in local government, to attract people to the sectors and provide long term structured, mobile, career opportunities for people engaged in the sectors across Australia.

The Final Phase 2 Report, submitted to DEEWR in December 2008, is now available for download.


The REAP pilot projects in each region have involved working with a number of local stakeholders, particularly regional and local enterprises, whose representatives have committed considerable time and expertise to assist in the development of regionally relevant responses to the skill shortage issues in their businesses and across the region. The support and insights of these local stakeholders have made the REAP pilot projects exciting, innovative and real solutions to regional skill shortage problems.