Regional communities speak out

Want to know what matters the most to regional business owners and decision makers? Business SA has finalised the biennial Regional Voice Survey for 2018, and we can tell you electricity costs, access to skilled workers and company and payroll taxes affect country businesses the most.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of regional businesses across the entire state, Business SA can provide a comprehensive view point of what issues affect those living outside of Adelaide’s CBD. We will then take those concerns and challenges on board and advocate on their behalf when talking to local, state and federal government representatives.

A high number of businesses raised the cost of labour as a significant issue, and an overwhelming majority called for the State Government to develop a regional population growth strategy, wanting help to boost their communities. Population growth was also a major issue, and Business SA will continue to lobby the State and Federal Governments for regional concessions to encourage more migrants to move to our country town and cities.

The survey found owners and decision makers were resilient, with regional business confidence in South Australia’s economy growing by 55 per cent since Business SA’s last report in 2016.

Telecommunications was another major concern. We know the cost of doing business can be high, and there are often skill shortages. The cost of sending staff to Adelaide for training was prohibitive to many as well. 

The Regional Voice Survey covered eight geographic areas, including regions from Kangaroo Island to the South East, Far North and Eyre Peninsula.

Business SA will present these findings at Regional Voice visits over the coming months.

To view the entire survey, including comprehensive region-specific data, click here

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