Urbanisation and technology change have steadily reduced the need for a network of small regional towns. But small towns are the heart of regional Australia and people in small towns are creating a diverse set of futures for their communities.
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) will help small regional towns identify the ways in which they can take control of their future through development strategies that work.
We will also identify how technology and local innovation can help to improve the availability and quality of government services in small communities.
Building prosperous small towns
Small regional towns are often great places to live but their economic future is challenged by a variety of forces. Australia needs to actively engage with the future of small communities.
We must be both realistic and honest about the challenges that many places face. We must also back all of our communities to be innovative, proactive and ambitious in meeting that future. Volunteering, community skills and leadership can transform small places.
Work in 2017
Pillars of Communities
Learn more about small town change and opportunity
See our CEO Jack Archer’s take on small town change on ABC’s Landline program with Tony Eastley.
Understand the competitive advantages and challenges of small places by browsing profiles on the [In]Sight online tool and companion theme analysis papers.
Essential Reading and Viewing
Check out the ABC program Back Roads for inspirational stories of small towns in regions
Understand the Evolution of Australian Towns from 1911 to 2011.