Survey shows views on Generation Y and living in remote areas 


Respondents to a Charles Darwin University online survey have given a resounding “yes” to a question that Generation Y is big on demands and has little patience.

More than 500 people responded to the September 2007 Symposium online poll which related to Generation Y and working in regional and remote areas of Australia.

Some 83 per cent of respondents agreed with the question: Do you agree with results of employer opinion surveys that Generation Y has big demands and little patience?

The poll also asked: Would you consider working in regional and remote areas of Australia?

Only 13 per cent of respondents answered “no” to this question.  Some 47 per cent said “yes”, while 40 per cent answered “possibly”.

The third and final question asked respondents: What would entice them to stay in a regional and remote area?

Some 31 per cent said higher wages, 20 per cent said more housing options, 16 per cent more health services, 15 per cent said more schooling and education facilities, 11 per cent more shopping options, while three per cent said no incentives were needed. Three per cent did not stipulate any incentives that could retain them in regional and remote Australia.

The poll was run in conjunction with the September Charles Darwin Symposium in Alice Springs which focused on the topic “A skilled workforce for regional and remote Australia: keeping, attracting, training”.