Budget 2020 is called ‘Rebuilding Together’. If the country is going to recover together from COVID-19, the rebuilding will need to include rural communities. The Minister of Finance’s Budget speech referred to targeted support for wages, critical industries, economic sectors, students and investment. The government can also target support to the rural communities that need it most by knowing more about them.
This Insight looks at two sources of differences among rural communities: the structure of local economies and community resilience. The analysis identifies places that are likely to need a greater share of support in the recovery.