ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Attraction and Retention of New Immigrants in Regional and Rural Australia (2008-2011)

ILWS Strategic Research Area
Sustainable Business Development in Regional Australia

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), $224,000.

Investigators/ Researchers
Professor Jock Collins, UTS and Dr B. Krivokapic-Skoko, ILWS


Since mid 1990s regionalisation of Australian immigration policy has become more apparent since a number of initiatives encouraging new immigrants to settle in non-metropolitan areas have been introduced.

This research project provided a comprehensive analysis of the immigrants in regional and rural Australia. The national survey carried out for this project provides an overview of the factors of attraction and retention of new immigrants in regional and rural Australia. This was the first national survey of new immigrants living in non-metropolitan Australia, and included almost 1,000 immigrants. The survey explored the skills and qualifications of the immigrants, their employment and settlement experience and satisfaction with the services.


Collins, J., Krivokapic-Skoko, B. (2011) Attraction and Retention of New Immigrants in Regional and Rural Australia: Report submitted to Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

Krivokapic-Skoko, B. and Collins, J. (2012) International Immigrants Settling in Rural Australia: 'Rural Idyll' or 'Tyranny of Distance'? 13th World Congress of Rural Sociology, 29 July - 4 August 2012, Lisbon, Portugal

Collins, J. and Krivokapic - Skoko, B. (2012) Experience of New Immigrants Settlers in Rural and Regional  Australia. Paper presented at international conference:  A long Way from Home: Rural and Regional Settlement Experiences of Visible Migrants and Refugees.  University of Melbourne, February 10, 2012


The empirical findings of this project enabled some feedback on the efficacy of the migrant pathways to regional and rural areas and reported back to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and other key stakeholders with suggestions as to how well these pathways are working and the ways that they could be fine-tuned and improved. In turn, the research project also provided suggestions as to the ways that relevant government, community and industry organisations can come to the party to refine existing or introduce new policies and procedures that can improve the attraction and retention of these new immigrants in the non-metropolitan areas.

Dr Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
Charles Sturt University –Bathurst

September 2013

can serve as a model for corporate behavior in mining regions.

Prof John Hicks
Charles Sturt University – Albury

September 2013