Regional planning



Report

Award of funding under the Building Better Regions Fund

The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of funding under the Building Better Regions Fund was effective as well as being consistent with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines.
Report

Building the good life: foundations of regional housing

This report summarises a multi-stage project undertaken by a team at the University of South Australia for the RAI’s Intergovernmental Shared Inquiry Program in 2021-22.
Report

Understanding the lived experience and benefits of regional cities

This research investigates the lived experience of regional city residents (in five case studies) to understand how the benefits and disadvantages of regional city life are perceived and explore attitudes towards population growth.
Report

The great migration: leaving our cities for the regions - part 2: current working patterns, future work perspectives

COVID-19 has forced us to reimagine the way we’re working now and into the future. This second instalment in the Future of Work Lab’s 'Regional Migration Survey' series, aims to better understand the current working patterns and future work aspirations of people who have migrated...
Discussion paper

Rebalancing the nation: regionalisation consultation paper

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) believes the creation of a National Regionalisation Framework will draw together common priorities for supporting a stronger regional Australia. This consultation paper kicks off the process for developing the framework. It sets out five themes which the RAI has identified...
Report

2022 Regional strengths and infrastructure gaps

This report report looks beyond Australia's fast-growing cities to present the evidence for increased investment in the regions. Infrastructure Australia's focus draws on the knowledge that the nation's economic capability is highest when the potential of Australia's regions are fully realised.
Report

Funding the infrastructure of tomorrow

This report sets out the need to continue to invest in new roads, public transport, schools and hospitals, to address infrastructure inequality. The authors propose that governments set a stable level of investment and build a long term pipeline of work around these allocations.
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The great migration: leaving our cities for the regions - part 1: internal migration patterns, motivations and experiences

The internal migration of Australians from metro to regional areas has received increasing attention since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This first instalment of the Future of Work Lab’s 'Regional Migration Survey' aims to better understand the migration patterns, motivations and experiences of internal...
Report

Report of the Inquiry into environmental infrastructure for growing populations

Historically, Melbourne and Victoria’s regional centres have provided residents with access to parks and open space that has been the envy of the world. This report examines many factors relevant to the current and future provision of environmental infrastructure in Melbourne and in Victoria's growing...
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Inquiry into population, migration and agglomeration

This report investigates agglomeration economies and their ability to alter the economic productivity of cities, together with an examination of the key drivers of population growth and mobility in Australia.
Report

Stronger ag sector, stronger regions

This paper considers how the agriculture sector can leverage stimulatory regional investment to ensure enduring economic stability and social benefits by establishing a virtuous cycle of beneficial impacts.
Discussion paper

From the ground up: a blueprint for economic diversification in regional Australia

This paper argues that the Australian government has a responsibility to ensure the cost of decarbonisation does not fall disproportionately on the shoulders of regional Australians, because when regional Australia does well, all Australians do well.
Strategy

2021 Australian infrastructure plan

The reforms outlined in this strategy document reflect an industry consensus that was developed in close collaboration with government, industry and communities. Infrastructure Australia completed a comprehensive engagement program that targeted more than 6,500 community members and industry stakeholders across Australia’s cities and regions.
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Population growth, regional connectivity, and city planning — international lessons for Australian practice

This research investigates the potential for Australia’s regional areas to attract and sustain population and economic growth, examining whether particular international strategies and Australian models for supporting development have been effective.
Strategy

Victoria’s infrastructure strategy 2021-2051

This strategy document builds on the work of the first cross-sectoral infrastructure strategy delivered in 2016, and presents a vision for a thriving, inclusive and sustainable Victoria over the next 30 years.
Report

Regional Movers Index

Population growth hotspots can now be identified faster than ever in Australia, with the release of this index, developed by the Regional Australia Institute, in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Case study

Collaborative nation building: Port of Townsville case study

This report looks at what’s happening in the Townsville region, using the Port of Townsville as an example of what’s possible when planning and embarking upon major infrastructure developments. It also examines what others at the regional, state and national levels of government can pursue...
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What regions need on the path to net zero emissions

This report finds that regional Australia is undergoing an economic transformation, with historical coal and gas heartlands in pole position to capitalise on the global shift to net zero emissions – with appropriate federal government planning, regulation and investment to manage the eventual decline of...
Report

Pathways to regional housing recovery from COVID-19

This research examines the consequences of COVID-19 for households in regional Australia, and considers that post-pandemic recovery models designed for large cities such as Sydney or Melbourne may not work in regional areas or less-urbanised states like South Australia or Tasmania.
Strategy

Infrastructure priorities for the regions

Infrastructure Victoria have published this resource to coincide with the release of the draft 30-year infrastructure strategy for broad community and stakeholder consultation.