From our remote mining hubs, through to our world-class wine districts and our dynamic regional cities—regional Australia’s landscapes, industries and people are diverse.
The Government acknowledges that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to regional policy development doesn’t work, which is why we are investing in partnership with communities. Decisions about the future of individual regions should be made by local people and supported by government, not the other way around. Government initiatives including Regional Development Australia committees, provide a vital link between local community stakeholders and government, advising the Australian Government on critical issues affecting economic development in regions and enhancing awareness of Australian Government programs.
Issues affecting rural, regional and remote Australians cross many policy areas—regional development is about more than just grant programs. That is why our approach to regional development does not operate in a silo. We know that regional Australians care about the health of their families, the education of their children, and the ability to access the benefits of technology, alongside traditional regional development indicators such as employment and economic growth.
Our approach coordinates activity across five key areas: jobs and economic development; infrastructure; health; education and communications.
We know that when we get the combination of actions across these key areas right, regions—and those who live, work and raise families there—are positioned to make the most of their potential.
The newly established Regional Australia Ministerial Taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister, spearheads our whole of government approach to Australia’s regions. The Taskforce is working to improve the lives of rural, regional and remote Australians across the five key areas of health, education, infrastructure, communications and jobs and economic development. The work of the Taskforce builds on the solid foundations set by the Agricultural Competiveness White Paper and the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.
This document outlines the Australian Government’s investments, achievements and future direction for regional Australia across these five key areas. It provides examples of how the Government’s investments are making a difference for regional communities. It is important that we look to and learn from regional communities and businesses that are successfully navigating pathways for the future, including through capitalising on their unique advantages.