Regional publications

Following is a range of Regional related publications.

Australia's Regions: Investing in Their Future

Australia's Regions: Investing in Their Future is the final report of the Strategic Regional Growth Expert Panel (the Expert Panel).

The Expert Panel was appointed by Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, the former Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation on 5 March 2019 in response to the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation's report Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future, and was tasked to consider key elements for developing and sustaining regional Australia.

  • Australia's Regions: Investing in Their Future PDF: 7448 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Letter to the Hon Peter Ryan, Chair, Strategic Regional Growth Expert Panel PDF: 328 KB ReadSpeaker

Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future

On 1 June 2017, the House of Representatives established the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation to inquire and report on best practice approaches to regional development, the decentralisation of Commonwealth entities, and supporting corporate decentralisation.

The Committee released its final report—Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future—on 28 June 2018. The report made 13 recommendations to support and promote the economic development of regional communities.

The Committee received a total of 196 written submissions. It also held public hearings in every Australian state and territory.

The Committee's report PDF: 4382 KB ReadSpeaker and the Australian Government's response are now available.

RDA independent review

The former Minister for Regional Development commissioned an independent review of the Regional Development Australia program in September 2016.

The Hon Warwick L Smith AM was the appointed Independent Reviewer, and he delivered his final report to the Australian Government in December 2016.

The review researched, considered and reported on three themes:

  • The RDA program framework;
  • The governance and administration of the RDA program; and
  • Alignment with Australian Government policy objectives now and into the future.

Mr Smith's Review found that although the Australian Government should continue to play a role in regional development, a new approach was required to enable the Government to heighten its focus on initiatives that grow local economies, promote opportunities, attract investment and build capacity and confidence.

Mr Smith's report PDF: 2311 KB ReadSpeaker and the Australian Government's response are now available.

Information about the subsequent reforms to the RDA program is at

Regions 2030—Unlocking Opportunity

Regions 2030—Unlocking Opportunity outlines the Government's investments, achievements and future direction for rural, regional and remote Australia across five key areas: jobs and economic development; infrastructure; health; education; and communications.

Progress in Australian Regions

Progress in Australian Regions is a new series of publications to provide information about Australia's regions from a range of different sources. Together, the publications provide a detailed picture of the population, employment, economic and transport trends that are occurring across Australia—both in the cities and in regional Australia. They provide an understanding of the nation's overall economic and social wellbeing which is vital for future planning. Australia is a large country and each region faces its own opportunities and challenges. These publications will help governments, private investors and the local communities to identify trends that are important for policy development and investment decisions.

  • Yearbook 2017 is a statistical resource that can help answer the question of how regions are progressing against economic, social, environmental and governance indicators.
  • State of Australian Cities 2014–15 is an important tool for all levels of Government in understanding where our cities are performing well, and where there are opportunities for improvement.
  • State of Regional Australia 2015 illustrates the different ways in which regions change and takes into consideration such aspects as population growth, economic wellbeing and social progress.

Northern Australia Transport Study

The Northern Australia Transport Study (the Study) is an initiative of the Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. The Study considers key transport challenges for Australia’s North, and identifies strategic opportunities to improve transport connections: PDF: 2168 KB ReadSpeaker