Multiple positions are available in the macadamia industry which may be suitable for young people.
Multiple positions are available in the macadamia industry which may be suitable for young people. Contributed

Richmond-Tweed high for youth unemployment. We list five jobs available now.

THE Richmond-Tweed region has come off fifth worst for youth unemployment in NSW with a rate of 17.4%, more than five points above the state average.

A snapshot of Australian Bureau of Statistics data analysed by anti-poverty organisation the Brotherhood of St Laurence for its Australia's Youth Unemployment Hotspots: Snapshot showed that youth unemployment in NSW hit 12.2% the year to January.

This rate is for 15-24 year olds and is more than twice the overall unemployment rate in NSW of 5.2%. 

Nationally, the youth unemployment rate is also 12.2%, down from a high of almost 14% in December 2014, but stillw ell up on the level before the global financial crisis in 2008, when it dipped below 9%.

A new snapshot has mapped unemployment 'hotspots' for those aged 15 to 24 in NSW - with some regions near or above 20 per cent. 

Regions in NSW with higher rates of youth unemployment than Richmond-Tweed include:

  • 21.8% in the Hunter Valley (excluding Newcastle)
  • 19.5% in the Mid North Coast region, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree
  • 18.4% in the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region, including Nowra, Mittagong,  Ulladulla
  • 18.1% in the New England and North West region, including Armidale, Inverell, Moree, Tamworth

In last Saturday's Northern Star the following jobs were listed that young people could apply for:

  • Macadamia Processing Plant - Multiple positions available with shift work in the warehouse, cracking room, production, value adding, colour sorter operator and bagging. Experience required: forklift licence preferred, sound numeracy, literacy and computer skills
  • St Mary's Community Preschool Casino - Casual staff with qualified Cert III, Diploma and EC teacher.
  • Casual Bar attendant - Mostly afternoon/evening shifts
  • Dental Assistant - Part-time in Lismore
  • Kyogle Council - Labourer

Training course include:

NCA Training

  • Chemical spraying
  • Chainsaw operations
  • First Aid
  • Fall trees manually


  • Barista/Safe Food Handling
  • Food Safety Supervisor