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Frequently Asked Questions

Employment

What options do I have for work? Is it easy to find employment?

Not only does the Riverina have the third lowest unemployment rate in Australia, but thanks to advances in technology and generous government investment, there has never been a better time to look for work or start a business in the Riverina. The Riverina is booming and 50% of Riverina businesses cannot find people in the Riverina with the skills they need to fill the role. Check out www.jobsriverina.com.au and post your air cv to the site.

Is there support for small business owners and start-ups?

Many towns also have a booming entrepreneurial spirit.  Today, there’s much more to regional innovation than agricultural technology, and the Riverina business community is striving to create 100 new startups in the region by 2020. Current opportunities for business investment exist in: accommodation and tourism; hospitality, food and beverage; manufacturing; agriculture; aged care; retail and automotive.

There’s great support coming from State and Local Government, providing access to financial and other assistance to develop regional projects. If you have a business idea you want to develop and a desire to invest, the Riverina has the integral ingredients you need to empower business success: competitive operating costs, a highly-skilled workforce innovative by nature, work life balance, vibrant regional towns and world-class infrastructure hubs, easy access to airports for daily flights to Sydney and digital connectivity. You can even go further with access to opportunities with key markets on your doorstep such as Sydney or all Australia, the Asian region or anywhere in the world.

You may also want to consider co-working spaces:

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What is the cost of living like in the Riverina?

When you buy a home here, you’re actually getting a lot more for your

money than just a nice house to live in. What you’re really investing in is a

lifestyle.

When you live in the Riverina, the financial pressure will finally be lifted. With median house prices around $260,000, life is a lot different! Affordable and spacious homes, with stress-free mortgages are just another part of the Riverina way of life.

Read more here

Education

What are the schooling options? And are they any good?

Your children are guaranteed access to first-class educational institutions.

Wagga Wagga has 20 primary schools, eight secondary schools and a wide choice of preschools and child care centres. There are 12 schools in and around Griffith with most other towns having at least an option of one public and Catholic school. Each town featured on our Country Change page, also has a list of their local schools and TAFE facilities.

There are also two universities within access to Riverina locals. Charles Sturt Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga.

Health Services

What is access to health care like in the Riverina?

Thanks to generous government investment, Riverina residents have access to a great range of medical facilities. The Wagga Wagga Health Service Redevelopment Project is a $282.1M plan has been designed to meet all current and future needs of the Riverina community and beyond. You can also read about other health investments here.

Our Country Change areas fall into the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Services range from hospitals, Multi-Purpose Services, Community Health Centres and Community Mental Health Centres. You can view all of the facilities they manage here.

Want to know what your potential new town has to offer? Each LGA featured on our Country Change website also has a list of their local medical facilities and services, including allied health professionals and aged care.

Access

Will I be cut off from my friends and family?

Not only are new residents of the Riverina welcomed by the region’s friendly community spirit, but they often report that the relationships with their friends and family back home actually became stronger and more meaningful after the move.

Perfectly situated between Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, the Riverina is especially convenient for people who have friends and family in more than one city. Not only does this mean that you’ll be more likely to visit a larger number of your loved ones, but it also means that more of the people you care about could come and see how great life in the Riverina is – and hey, they might even decide to make the move as well!

Isn’t living in the country an isolating choice?

Quite the opposite! Everyone knows each other in a regional town and moving to the Riverina is likely to give your social life a boost. New residents are welcomed by the region’s friendly community spirit and

find themselves enjoying all the extra time and energy that locals have for one another. And with the help of the National Broadband Network, we are living in an age where geographical remoteness no longer equates to isolation.

I don’t have a car. How will I get around?

Like in the city, regional towns are equipped with public transport. However, with everything you need so close to home, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself walking or riding your bike around town!

Planning Your Move

How do I commence the planning for my country change? Do I look for a job or decide where to move first? Where do I start?

Knowing where to start is one of the biggest challenges country changers face. If you know you are ready to move to the country our Country Change Officers based in the Riverina are here to help. Deciding where you want to be is the first step.

We recommend:

  • you shortlist the Riverina towns on the Country Change website ( you will be spoilt with options).Also review Riverina Tourism, Jobs Riverina, Riverina Real Estate to create a shortlist. If you need help, simply get in touch with Country Change or request an info pack on the Riverina.
  • you arrange a visit to your favourite Riverina towns guided by a Country Change consultant We can show you around schools, entertainment options, infrastructure, job networks, real estate
  • you move to the country with confidence! Country Change exists to help make the move to the country easier for you. You’ll be supported all the way (and our service is completely free) More information

Making the Move

I have a young family and my partner and I have careers that we want to grow. My parents are also a support to us and interested in the move as well. How can I manage a country change that fulfils all these needs?

If you’re looking for a rewarding career plus great lifestyle that enables a balance between work and family, then the Riverina has many thriving towns that will accommodate your dynamic family needs. Quality early childhood education support, a diverse range of primary, secondary and tertiary education options, friendly connected community infrastructure and activities for all ages, reliable digital connectivity, easy access to capital cities, healthcare support etc.

However, in order for the move to be successful the essential ingredient is to ensure it’s a shared dream by everyone considering the change. Acknowledge the concerns of all family members by talking to a Country Change Officer and identify what is available to assist them fulfil their dreams. With affordable housing, a laid-back lifestyle and the essential services you need all covered, the only thing missing is a long daily commute. If this excites your Country Change appetite then it’s time to  Plan the Visit to the Riverina.

Want more information about these or any other questions?

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