Strong and vibrant rural communities support the success of our major export industries and growth in international visitors.
Our rural communities need Government to help provide:
- essential services
- lasting infrastructure
- access to information and communications.
Rural proofing means to consider the challenges faced by the rural sector when designing and implementing Government policy.
A 'rural proofing lens' asks policy makers to look at what they are proposing, and take into account the rural community's:
- low population density
- reliance on the primary sector for employment.
Follow the rural proofing guide when developing your policy, which takes you through the following 7 steps:
- Confirm your policy objectives.
- Identify benefits and implications for the rural community.
- Seek advice from relevant rural contacts and organisations.
- Assess the implications.
- Consider mitigation measures.
- Make adjustments.
- Keep parties updated.