Regional capitals across Australia perform a critical role in their communities and each faces a unique set of challenges and opportunities. The terms of reference for this inquiry were crafted to enable the committee to, among other things, investigate how Australian government policy could better address the needs of these regional cities.
The terms of reference were to inquire into and report on:
The future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia, including:
a. an assessment of current demographic trends and the changing role of regional capitals;
b. an analysis of current funding provided to regional capitals;
c. an analysis of the benefit of additional funding regional capitals could receive based on population, demand for services and their strategic importance for the region, state or country;
d. investment challenges and opportunities to maintain or grow regional capitals, including infrastructure, community and human services, communications and natural resources;
e. incentives and policy measures that would support sustainable growth in regional capitals; f. the impact the changing environment will have on regional capitals; and
g. any other related matters.