A new report by NORTH Link shows that concerted action for skills and employment is required to avoid a “lost generation”, says Chris James, Executive Director of NORTH Link.

This major report is called Future Workforce – Melbourne’s North 2022-2032. It was compiled at the height of COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria and the early stages of the recovery, between June 2021 and June 2022.

The report shows that:

  • The COVID-19 economic impact was more severe in Melbourne’s North than other regions, with higher unemployment still persisting in some pockets
  • The impact hit the outer north industrial areas early, with lower-skilled and casual workers hardest hit – for example, the City of Hume had an unemployment rate of over 14 per cent in mid-2021
  • The pandemic reinforced existing disadvantages, with those required to work and/or study from home often lacking the technology or the space to do so effectively.

Read our full report and learn more about what needs to happen to improve the situation by clicking on the link below.


For further information, please telephone NORTH Link Executive Director Chris James on 0417 353 650.