Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Around two thirds of Australia's export earnings come from regional industries such as agriculture, tourism, retail, services and manufacturing. Australia's regions are also integral to our values and sense of identity, which come from our unique and diverse culture, landscape, history and people.

The Australian Government, through the department contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by assisting regions to realise their potential and manage their own futures.

To do this, the department works in partnership with regional, rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

  • Information on programs to benefit communities and regions around the country

  • Northern Australia is a diverse and vibrant region rich in opportunities to drive growth in jobs and investment for the benefit of all Australians.

  • Regional Deals are based on the City Deals model and aim to improve the productivity and livability of a region. They reflect the unique needs of regional Australia and a longer term approach to investing in regions.

  • The 2020–21 Regional Budget Package details more than 350 major new packages and individual measures which the Australian Government is delivering to respond to the challenges of drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19.

  • Regional Recovery Partnerships will coordinate investments with other levels of government to support recovery and growth in 10 investment regions across Australia.

  • Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of Committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.

  • The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development provides advice and assistance to departments and agencies completing Regional Australia Impact Statements (RAIS) as part of the policy development and Cabinet submission process.

  • The Council is currently focused on the five key areas of energy, regional skills and jobs, innovation, education and infrastructure to deliver outcomes for Tasmanians.

  • A range of regional related publications.