Murray & Mallee
ac.care Housing Association
Foster care recruitment and support
Housing Assistance and Homelessness Prevention (Reconnect program)
Ph: 8532 6303 Fx: 8532 1823
11-21 Kennett Road, Murray Bridge 5253 (PO Box 2090)
The Murray and Mallee region, as defined by the South Australian State Government, encompasses the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Berri and Barmera, Karoonda East Murray, Loxton Waikerie, Mid Murray, Murray Bridge, Renmark Paringa, Southern Mallee and The Coorong, and the Unincorporated Riverland area.
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The Murray and Mallee region has a mixed population profile, with above average proportions of children and people aged 45 years and older. The region has relatively low proportions of families with children and above average proportions of couples with no children and people living alone. The Murray and Mallee region population growth rate is below the State average. There have been below average growth rates in all parts of the region with the exception of Murray Bridge, which experienced a growth rate above the State average. The population of the Murray and Mallee region is projected to continue to grow at a rate lower than the State average.
Key labour force indicators for the Murray and Mallee region show below average labour force participation rates, and increasing levels of unemployment. Agriculture continues to be the dominant employing industry within the region, though there have been significant decreases in employment since 2001.
The general level of education and qualifications in the Murray and Mallee region is below the State average, with low levels of school achievement and post-school qualifications. Due to the nature of employment in the region, there are above average proportions of people with Certificate level III or IV qualifications.
With increasing unemployment rates and below average workforce participation, the population of the Murray and Mallee region are relatively disadvantaged in economic terms. Below average incomes and high levels of income support contribute to general levels of economic disadvantage.