Rural conditions


Journal article

What, if anything, has changed over the past 10 years for people with intellectual disabilities and their families in regional, rural, and remote geographic areas?

This editorial considers research undertaken over the past 10 years, to reflect on what a now fully operational NDIS has changed regarding contemporary service delivery and access issues for people with intellectual disabilities in regional, rural, and remote areas of Australia.
Journal article

Screening for burn-out in Australian medical students undertaking a rural clinical placement

This project investigated Australian medical student burn-out during rural clinical placement and examined the association between perceived burn-out and rural career intent at the time of finishing their rural placement.

Our regions rising - policy hack summary 2019

In April 2019, the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) convened the historic Regions Rising national summit in Canberra. This summit brought together business, government and community leaders from across rural and regional Australia to discuss the future of regional development. As a result of the hacks...

Rural water cost shares: final report

The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has reviewed how we share costs between rural water customers1 and the NSW Government (on behalf of other users and the broader community) when setting maximum prices for the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation’s (WAMC’s) water management services and...

The country-city divide: more evidence of how inequality is growing

Country Australia is losing out on full-time jobs, forcing its young to head for the cities
Policy report

NSW budget 2017-18 - regional overview

This paper outlines some of the NSW Government’s new and existing key regional investments.
Conference paper

Food bowl or empty bowl? Climate change, farm exits and regional economies

This paper reports on research which follows the difficult process of farm families preparing for and subsequently leaving farming. The period of exit covers the millennium drought of 2000-2010 in four case study areas in Victoria, Australia. It is concerned with families still of working...
Conference paper

Changes in soil carbon stocks of New Zealand’s grazed pasture in response to variations in management and environmental factors

Abstract Dairy farming is New Zealand's pre-eminent primary industry. It achieves large export earnings but is also responsible for a large proportion of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. One of those greenhouse gases is CO₂, and in order to lower New Zealand's net greenhouse gas...

Hearing health outreach services to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory 2012–13 and 2013–14

Presents analyses on hearing health outreach services provided to Indigenous children and young people in the Northern Territory. Summary This report presents information on ear and hearing outreach services funded by the Department of Health and delivered by the Northern Territory Department of Health between...

An examination of customer perceptions of effectiveness and standards in essential functions and services delivery in rural communities

In this study, customers/consumers, representatives of public sector provider organisations, and elected policy makers conveyed their perceptions of factors influencing essential functions and services delivery in selected Western Australian rural communities.

Managing emergency services volunteers

This report assesses whether the the Country Fire Authority and Victoria State Emergency Service effectively and efficiently manage emergency services volunteers. Introduction: Volunteering is critical to the delivery of community services throughout Victoria. When volunteers provide their time and resources, not only do they help...

Administration of the Strengthening Basin Communities Program

This audit assessed the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment’s administration of the Strengthening Basin Communities Program in the Murray–Darling Basin. Overall conclusion The Australian Government initially allocated $200 million in funding under the Strengthening Basin Communities Program (SBCP) to assist communities in the...
Conference paper

Enabling Sustainable Broadband Adoption in Rural Areas: A Case Study of Information Network Villages in South Korea

This study examines South Korea's Information Network Village (INVIL) project as an exemplary policy of sustainable broadband adoption in rural areas.

Hungry neighbours? Indonesia’s food strategy and water security future

Indonesia currently has a low level of food insecurity. Food supplies are theoretically adequate to feed the population, however inefficiencies in distribution systems across the archipelago restrict access to food products at prices affordable for the nation’s poor.

The role of commercial use in integrated feral camel management

The Australian Feral Camel Management Project addressed the urgent need to significantly reduce feral camel densities to lessen their impacts in remote Australia on biodiversity, wetlands, waterholes and sites of cultural value to Aboriginal people, infrastructure (fences, houses, cars) and personal safety. Feral camels can...

A scoping assessment for a national research centre addressing land use and food security issues

This report proposes a Centre for Land Use and Land Resources to conduct an Australian program of work on agricultural land use and food security analysis, linked to international efforts. Summary Internationally, food security and the sustainability of productive land resources have been identified as...

Towards national reporting on agricultural land use change in Australia

This report provides the latest available information on national land use and land use change in Australia. Summary Land use describes the purposes assigned to land. It refers to the purpose for which the land is committed. It is fundamental to understanding landscapes, agricultural production...

Potential socio-economic impacts of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Australia

This report shows that an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Australia is expected to generate very large adverse economic impacts to both producers and other industries inside and beyond the outbreak area; with financial losses and eradication activities also having social impacts. Abstract...

Regional centres

This paper uses data from the 2011 Census to look at the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the Indigenous population in 43 regional centres.

Australia’s country towns 2050: what will a climate adapted settlement pattern look like?

This report is the first output from this project and presents the findings from the initial stages of the investigation. Later reports will present a fuller picture as the outputs of additional stages of analysis are presented. There is a growing consensus in the community...
Journal article

Focusing resource allocation-wellbeing as a tool for prioritizing interventions for communities at risk

Abstract Objective: This study examined whether a wellbeing approach to resilience and adaptation would provide practical insights for prioritizing support to communities experiencing environmental and socio-economic stressors.

Economic diversification and the competitiveness of regional Australia

Key findings: Australia’s regions are more economically diverse than most people assume. Most non-metropolitan regions have a level of employment diversity close to the national employment profile. Diversity is possible in all regions. Smaller and remote regions can also be diverse. All types of regions...

Community based adaptation to climate change: the Arabana

Abstract The Arabana Climate Change Adaptation project is a collaboration between the Arabana people and the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Arabana people live in the Lake Eyre region, Marree, Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs, Port Augusta, Adelaide and Darwin. The project was a multi...

Australia's country towns 2050: what will a climate adapted settlement pattern look like?

Abstract This report considers the impact of anticipated climate change on Australia’s inland towns and centres to the year 2050. It examines the ways in which non-coastal settlements will be affected by the primary, secondary and tertiary impacts of climate change, including the impact of...

Aboriginal responses to climate change in arid zone Australia

Abstract Given the broad scale and fundamental transformations occurring to the natural environment due to anthropogenic climate change in the present era, what does the future hold for Aboriginal people in remote arid regions of Australia? In searching for answers to this question, this study...