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From 2018, the RAI is leading a shared policy inquiry program to target the issues that matter to both policy makers and our regions and outline options for change. The key inquiry themes include Regions in Transition, the Future of Regional Jobs, and Cities and Towns.


Regions in Transition Inquiry

Analysing and evaluating selected policy options available, and suggesting ways we can better help our regions through times of change.

The Future of Regional Jobs Inquiry

The future of work is changing. We are looking at the impact these changes will have on regions, and how we can help to address their needs.

Cities and Towns Inquiry icon

Reviewing key issues shaping the economic development of our regional towns and cities and the effectiveness of relevant policy. 


Regional Australia can increase its contribution to national innovation and growth and provide improved quality of life for its 8.8 million residents. But we must stop seeing our regions as victims of change and we must stop misunderstanding this part of our economy.

Regional success is built on a balance of local ingenuity and proactivity, and informed, consultative state and federal leadership. We need to lift expectations; about what our economy can do what government can do and what regional people can and are already doing. It’s time for a period of change on our own terms.

Read CEO Jack Archer’s speech on a new economic agenda for regional Australia.

Read about the policy options that we see as crucial to our next phase of regional development.


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