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Regional Australia Impact Statements

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

RAIS Guidelines

Departments and agencies developing policy and completing Cabinet submissions should refer to the following RAIS guidelines, to assist in the identification and assessment of regional impacts, and to develop a RAIS.

  • Regional Australia Impact Statement Guidelines
    PDF: 2475 KB

RAIS Template

Departments and agencies can use the following template to structure their RAIS. Formatting can be adjusted to suit the nature of the submission and number of proposals being put forward.

  • Regional Australia Impact Statement Template DOCX: 41 KB


Departments and agencies are encouraged to consult the department early in the policy development process to discuss the nature of the regional impacts and the development of the RAIS.

Information Sources

The following list of information sources may be of assistance to departments and agencies conducting more detailed analysis of regional impacts.

Contact Us

For further advice on RAIS matters contact the department on 02 6274 7778 or