In order to profile the potential opportunities of the medical technology and biotechnology sectors in Western Sydney, RDA Sydney is scoping the current status of the sectors and the interrelationships between businesses and key research and other organisations.
This will result in the basis for an industry capability study that will be further developed in later stages.
In partnership with Liverpool City Council, in 2013 RDA Sydney commissioned a scoping study of the health and education precinct in Liverpool. This study engaged key stakeholders in the precinct and resulted in the formation of a high level precinct taskforce. This taskforce aims to raise the profile of the precinct to attract investment and to address or seek solutions to common issues affecting members.
Goal: RDA Sydney is exploring major precinct scoping in other key health and education centres in Western Sydney, building on the initial experience with Liverpool (and involvement with similar strategies in Penrith and Westmead). Apart from the local precinct benefits, this will feed into the Deloitte Designing Western Sydney initiative which has a major focus on the economic and employment potential of health and education precincts.
The Taskforce was established in 2011 to identify the skills and actions needed to help transformm manufacturing, prevent skills shortages, keep pace with the rate of innovation and remain competitive in a changing global economy. The Taskforce which has now evolved and broadened its scope, commissioned research on skills needs from the UNSW Industrial Relations Research Centre, that surveyed is 82 companies in South West Sydney.
The report of this research recommended the creation of a manufacturing lighthouse partnership for Sydney. All key manufacturing stakeholders have welcomed this initiative and are working with RDA Sydney in developing a prototype.
Goal: RDA Sydney will be facilitating meetings of the Taskforce and Lighthouse committee working on the development of a prototype of what the Lighthouse would like and will be tested in Western Sydney.
Sydney remains Australia's most unaffordable housing market. There is an urgent need to create affordable housing options. With this in mind, RDA Sydney formed the Shared Homeownership Working Group that developed a business case and guidelines for a shared homeownership scheme with NSW community housing associations. The scheme allows for consumers to share the capital cost of purchasing a home with an equity partner (community housing association). Thereby permitting households to buy into a home with lower income and equity that would otherwise be required, enabling middle-income earners to exit from social and community housing into mainstream housing.
Goal: RDA Sydney facilitates the Shared Equity Schemes Working Group meetings and liaises with community housing associations, government and other stakeholders in relation to financing, legal and other aspects of shared homeownerships. The aim is for government to adopt these schemes as part of the mainstream programs.
Based on the opportunity to create remote work solutions closer to where people live, the Smart Work Centre project aims to analyse the demand for telecommuting opportunities from both an employee and employer perspective. The model for smart work centres was based on international experience particularly in places such as Holland and South Korea.
Goal: RDA Sydney commissioned a study into commuter profiles in Western Sydney with a particular focus on those workers in jobs suitable for remote work. This report showed that there was significant demand in 3 nominated areas of Western Sydney - Penrith, Blacktown and Liverpool. Currently, the NSW Government is supporting pilot smart work centres in 3 sites in Western Sydney as well as 2 on the Central Coast.
The Sydney Agriculture Strategic Approaches (SASA) Working Group acknowledges that Sydney's urban development is encroaching on its peri-urban food production landscapes. Articulating a policy vision for Sydney's locally sourced food and peri-urban agriculture is a pressing challenge for planning and decision making at strategic, council and farm scales.
Goal: To provide certainty for agriculture investment and renew debate as regards the potential for stronger land use planning governance to protect and promote Sydney's peri-urban agriculture and biodive.
Partners: DPI Agriculture, Greater Sydney LLS, EPA, Institute of Sustainable Futures
Recognising the current and future potential contribution of tech startups to the Sydney and national economy, RDA Sydney is taking initial steps to quantify this sector in terms of its economic contribution and the complexity of stakeholders and networks.
Associated with this embryonic work, RDA Sydney is a proud sponsor of the Young Achievers Award at Tech 23 2015.
RDA Sydney has joined with partners on the Central Coast to increase the uptake of telework opportunities, particularly for residents of the Central Coast who travel to Sydney for work. This is a new project and the role of RDA Sydney will primarily be creating the linkages with major Sydney-based employers.
RDA Sydney is working at various levels in the area of transport and logistics.
RDA Sydney is a participant in the Future Logistics Living Lab Project, an initiative of National ICT Australia and partners from the private and public sectors. One of RDA Sydney’s key interests in this group is the development and application of logistics management systems to improve the flow of freight into and out of Port Botany. With project partners, RDA Sydney has developed a project model for assessing future T& L workforce demand in key industry locations. It is hoped that this model can be piloted in one location in the near future and then rolled out to other locations. The aim is to work with partners in developing a jobs strategy for the sector.