Sustainable Business Development in Regional Australia
Food Security and Regional Australia
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).Total: $468,000. Led by UTS, ILWS subcontract $61,634.
Professor Jock Collins (UTS) & Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
This project investigated the experiences of immigrant farmers and growers, and temporary and permanent immigrant farm labour, to better understand the ways in which immigrants contribute to productivity, sustainability, preserving resources and rural renewal in Australia.
(Right) Pic Steven Fleischmann, Farm and Community Development worker with Liberian Growers at Mamre House,
For the project the researchers used a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies including:
They found new immigrants were of increasing importance to Australian agriculture and were filling important needs bringing skills, innovation and vital labour to the agriculture sector. New pathways recently opened to permanent and temporary immigrants had generally succeeded in getting them into regional and rural Australia. Temporary workers such as Working Holiday Makers and Pacific Islands Seasonal Workers provided an important workforce, particularly during harvest times around Australia. However low pay and unsatisfactory work experience for both groups threatened to undermine the programs' future. They also found that refugees and humanitarian immigrants who moved to regional areas to become farmers and agricultural, entrepreneurs added considerably to the agricultural workforce.
The researchers believe that nation-wide policies should consider:
Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Reid, C. & Collins, J. (2015) International migration flows to Australia and rural cosmopolitism. Presented at the XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Aberdeen, Scotland, August 18-21
Collins, J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2015) Permanent and Temporary Immigrants and Rural Development in Australia, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Krivokapic-Skoko, B., Collins, J. & Monani, D. (2015) Pacific Seasonal Workers in the Australian Horticultural Sector, presented at SEGRA conference , Bathurst, Oct 19-22 Oct
Collins, J. & Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2016) New Immigrants improving productivity in Australian agriculture, RIRDC (Project Summary https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/16-018 & Full Report https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/16-027)
(Right) Pic Keshav Timalsev, manager of Bush Tomatoes
The expected outcome of this research is an improvement in the Australian agricultural industry's success in attracting immigrants to fill labor shortages and an improvement in that sector's future productivity.
A/Prof Branka Krivokapic-Skoko