Talking Point: Foundations of regional Australia
Too often the term ‘regional Australia’ is shorthand for small rural towns, when people talk about regional Australia they usually have one type of community in mind – small, with most people working in agriculture and a long way from any capital city.
While there are many communities like this in regional Australia, most are different. To respond to the needs of our regions, it is essential that we move beyond this one-dimensional view.
So what does regional Australia actually look like? Our latest work – Foundations of Regional Australia – has tackled this question head on. Using demographic, social and economic change data, we’ve defined four different regional types based on the relationships between a region’s key industries, it’s proximity to larger cities and local population size.