Regional economics

Research report

7 Dec 2017

This research has several implications for policy makers, specifically:

• Support community led initiatives. Some towns are bypassing state and Commonwealth processes in order to attract service delivery professionals to their communities. Some places have worked around administration-heavy procedures to...

Conference paper

3 Dec 2017

Traditional approaches to regional modelling and planning rely on trend-based analyses whereby demographic projections are used to initialise and bootstrap future demand for housing, transport and jobs. Besides, most of these approaches cannot adequately take into account the intricate interactions between land use, transport and...


8 Aug 2017

In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning.

However, some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral...

Working paper

2 Aug 2017

The popular idea that the economic divide between Australia’s cities and regions is getting bigger is a misconception. Beneath the oft-told ‘tale of two Australias’ is a more nuanced story.

Income growth and employment rates are not obviously worse in regional areas. Cities and...


31 Jul 2017

The Institute for Resilient Regions is a specialist and strategic research initiative of the University of Southern Queensland focussed on research collaborations with industry, community and government that assist regional Australia to be innovative and thrive and a great place to work and live. Launched...

Journal article

7 Jun 2017

Regional scientists have long faced challenges in developing the interdisciplinary field where their focus is on the spatial context of social, economic and environmental phenomena, and dealing with spatial data presents considerable methodological challenges. This article discusses the evolution of Regional Science, the critiques it...

Audio interview

22 Feb 2017

Following on from the first Cityscapes conversation earlier in the month, Tim Williams from the Committee for Sydney speaks to Julie Wagner, Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution. Julie...

Working paper

17 Feb 2017

This report analyses the components of economic growth in 21 APEC economies in the past 25 years and the next 35. Written to contribute to discussions at APEC Senior Officials’ meetings in the run up to APEC ministerial and leaders meetings, it highlights the critical...

Conference paper

13 Feb 2017

Resilience is about addressing vulnerability, not only by surviving a shock to the system, but also thriving in an economic environment of change and uncertainty. A robust conceptual framework is required to navigate through underlining elements of vulnerability. An evolutionary model of regional adaptive cycles...



17 Jan 2017

The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan , released for comment last year, has made a number of improvements on previous versions. There will always be dissent from industry and property sector interests and there are certainly some sections of the plan and its intended...


1 Jan 2017

This data shows count of employees by 100 regions within Australia over 12 years (2002 - 2014). In 2002, there were 8.5M workers, rising to 10.3M in 2014. Maps show percent change in count of employees over preceding four years eg 2010-2014.




16 Dec 2016

"Abolishing CDEP was a well-intentioned mistake and CDP is our attempt to atone for it.” So said Tony Abbott in a recent exchange with journalist Amos Aikman in the Australian. CDEP was the Community Development Employment Projects scheme, which replaced unemployment benefits in a growing...

Research report

6 Dec 2016

Australian cities are orphans. Responsibilities for management of their economy (in terms of taxation, planning, infrastructure provision, regulation and economic development) fall between all tiers of government. Official statistics tend not to recognise the importance of cities, with economic data often not published at that...


1 Dec 2016

The committee has decided to table this interim report primarily focused on the issues affecting Arrium, drawing on evidence provided by submitters and witnesses from the Whyalla region. The committee will table a final report by 1 December 2017 which will cover in depth the...

Journal article

30 Nov 2016

This article addresses the evolution of New Zealans's capital city,Wellington over the last three decades, both in terms of its growth into digital and cultural markets but also the way in which it has been driven by New Public Management sensibilities.

The philosophy of...

Journal article

30 Nov 2016

The emergence in the United States of large-scale “megaregions” centered on major metropolitan areas is a phenomenon often taken for granted in both scholarly studies and popular accounts of contemporary economic geography. This paper uses a data set of more than 4,000,000 commuter flows as...

Discussion paper

28 Nov 2016

NZIER was engaged by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide technical assistance to feed into New Zealand’s contribution to the APEC ‘Collective Strategic Study on Issues related to the Realisation of the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific’. The...

Audio interview

26 Nov 2016

The agricultural sector is booming but are the benefits flowing to regional Australia?

Saul Eslake and Fiona Simson discuss the regional economy and what is needed to drive growth.

Saul Eslake is an economist, company director and Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University...

Research report

23 Nov 2016

This report draws on the experiences of comparable cities in Europe and the United States of America to guide the transformation of the Geelong economy. While focusing on Geelong, the project underscores the need for greater policy and planning attention to be given to second...

Research report

14 Oct 2016

RMCG has completed a ground-breaking socio-economic study of the impact of the Basin Plan across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID). The study was commissioned by concerned agencies and stakeholders across the region.

The study shows that the Basin Plan has led to significant impacts...