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About Us

Independent. Fact driven. Future focused.

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is the nation’s first and only independent think tank dedicated to building robust regional economies and a better quality of life in our regional towns and cities.

We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation that undertakes research to stimulate and activate our rural and regional communities.

The Institute was founded in 2011 with seed money from the Australian Government. It is a public company limited by guarantee and an approved research institute for tax purposes.

Today, our funding comes from research partnerships with Federal and State governments, our national Regions Rising event series, regional consultancy projects, membership and philanthropic funding.

The RAI exists so that decision-makers at all levels of government, industry and community have the information they need to ensure the best outcomes for regional Australia.

By replacing myth and stereotype with facts and knowledge, the RAI builds bridges between city and country Australians.

We believe in a strengths based care about the regions, because when our regions are strong, Australia is strong.

If you share our passion for regional Australia, consider working with us.