Study Tour Winners Announced!

Economic Development Australia (EDA) is delighted to announce Bruce Marshall and Amanda Gooddy as the successful recipients of the EDA Study Tour Scholarship Program.

Bruce Marshall from Melton City Council will visit Japan to explore the impact an ageing and shrinking population has on economic prosperity.

Bruce’s Study Tour will examine whether a strong labour market is critical in order for an economy to thrive, which new industries are emerging within the context of an ageing population, and what lessons exist for countries such as Australia which will experience its own population ageing issues.

I am super excited to have been awarded the 2018 EDA Study Tour Scholarship.  I’m really looking forward to being able to dive into a study tour to Japan where I will be exploring how the fastest ageing society in the world is handling the shift in demographics which is seeing an ever shrinking population preparing to handle the burden of supporting an unprecedented number of seniors through the twilight of their lives.  Is the new ‘Silver Economy’ of working retirees making a difference?; Is the advancement of robotic technology driving up productivity and negating the need for unskilled labour?; Are advancements in health technology lessening the cost of senior care?  These are but a few of the questions I hope to answer both from attending the “Ageing & Society 8th Interdisciplinary Conference” in Tokyo, and the additional study tour I plan to do either side of the conference.

Having spent a lot of time in Japan over the last 18 years, I’m confident that I’ll be able to unearth some fascinating insights (both shocking and amazing) that will hopefully be of benefit to Australia as we prepare to head down a similar path of supporting an ageing society.  I look forward to sharing the key learnings with my EDA colleagues at the NEDC in Rockhampton in October.


Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Amanda Gooddy’s winning proposal involves the development of a framework which supports small business continuity during construction and road upgrade projects.

Amanda will visit New Orleans to study successful business continuity resources and support mechanisms, including a Road Construction Toolkit for New Orleans Businesses developed during the extensive construction period following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The research will be used to develop a framework that can be applied across Australia to assist businesses during prolonged and disruptive construction periods.

“Thank you to Economic Development Australia, With the funding support, from the Overseas Study Tour Program I aim to research and develop a framework that supports business continuity for small business during construction and road upgrades”


Congratulations to both recipients! EDA Members will hear from Amanda and Bruce when they present their reports at NEDC 2018 in Rockhampton. Another EDA Study Tour Scholarship Program round will be announced later this year. This unique professional development program invites applications from EDA members to attend international conferences, trade missions, undertake an internship or examine global best practice, economic development case studies.