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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 
  • Letter to the Hon Peter Ryan, Chair, Strategic Regional Growth Expert Panel PDF: 328 KB 

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  and the Australian Government's response are now available.

Progress in Australian Regions and Cities

The Progress in Australian Regions and Cities Dashboard helps to answer the question of how our regions and cities are progressing by tracking trends over time. The 2021 release of the Dashboard includes a portal to highlight Australian cities.

The Dashboard provides vital data for decision makers at the individual, community, government and industry levels. It tracks the performance of Australian regions and cities across seven themes:

  • The labour market
  • Infrastructure
  • Housing
  • Economic activity
  • The environment
  • Demography
  • Wellbeing

The Dashboard offers a range of interactive visualisations including tables and graphs, and provides search functions to help users explore information about regions and cities. The Dashboard will also be a key part of the upcoming Regional Data Hub.

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