Investing in Regional Growth—2016-17

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Investing in Regional Growth—2016-17
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The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Regional Communications
Minister for Rural Health

3 May 2016

The Australian Government remains committed to growing economic opportunity and employment in our regions through boosting connectivity, supporting innovation and fostering local leadership. Investing in the growth of our regions will deliver the foundations for a strong and dynamic economy for all Australians.

The 2016–17 Regional Ministerial Statement released on 3 May 2016, Investing in Regional Growth, outlines almost 400 measures that benefit regional Australia across health, education, employment, defence, infrastructure, telecommunications, agriculture and water resources and other portfolios. It demonstrates the Australian Government's commitment to regional Australia by providing the investment needed to support and grow the local communities and businesses that underpin Australia's economy.

With innovation at the heart of a strong economy, the Australian Government is actively encouraging individuals and businesses across Australia to pursue opportunities. The $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the $1.2 billion Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, and the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda will ensure Australia is well placed to thrive in this exciting time to create highly paid jobs and help Australia compete in global markets.


Key Australian Government Initiatives in Regional Australia by Portfolio