What is Regional Australia?

Regional Australia includes all of the towns, small cities and areas that lie beyond the major capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra).

Key Facts

Regional Australia contributes one third of our national output and is home to 8.8 million Australians. As a result, regions provide employment for one in three working Australians.

Regional Australia makes a formidable contribution to the nation’s economy. In fact, without its contribution, Australia’s economy would contract to the size it was in 1997.

Regions contributed half of our nation’s growth post Global Financial Crisis, fulfilling their role as a source of resilience for the economy to a tee.

The Regional Australia Institute’s work shows that regional productivity has been catching up to metropolitan regions across a range of industries. Regional Australia is at the forefront of productivity in over a third of our industries, including industries like healthcare and logistics.

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What is Regional Australia?