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National Regionalisation Framework

REBALANCING THE NATION: TOWARD 2031

For the past 10 years, the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has been dedicated to providing authoritative and trusted research and policy advice on regional issues.

All our research firmly points towards the conclusion that Australia will be a stronger, more prosperous nation if our regions are stronger. It shows the enormous potential for regional Australia to optimise its growth, bringing significant benefits to the entire nation and increasing opportunity for all Australians.

To become a stronger nation, better equipped for an uncertain future, the RAI is calling for a rebalancing of the nation. We want more balanced population growth so that our cities become more liveable, while our regions get the people they need to stay open for business. We want regional Australia to achieve its potential in productivity, increasing the prosperity of the nation. And we want regional towns and cities to boast the services and infrastructure that they need to attract new residents, retain locals and ensure that everyone enjoys the quality of life that Australia, the lucky country, should be able to offer to all Australians.

Australia has no single national framework which draws together the various different themes which are all part of unlocking regional Australia’s potential. This is a clear void, one which we want to fill by creating a National Regionalisation Framework which will ensure that our traditionally metro-centric policy-making, attention and investment does not become entrenched, and which provides a set of critical targets and actions to strengthen regional Australia.

We are seeking to take the knowledge and data from our 10 years of research and to consult widely across the nation to develop a Framework that will define and describe agreed areas of policy focus which, if actioned, will lead to a stronger regional Australia, and a stronger nation.

By creating the Framework, the RAI is seeking to lead a shift in mind-set, one in which there is sufficient focus on regional Australia. We believe that this work will create a lasting legacy, with the potential to shape the nation for future generations.

We want you to have your say in the development of the Framework and have developed a Consultation Paper which contains a set of key questions. We welcome your comments and input on these questions via email or written submission. We have also developed a short 5-10 minute survey which we invite you to take and to share widely. Consultations are currently continuing through to the end of June 2022, and the Framework will be launched at the RAI’s flagship Regions Rising National Summit in September 2022.



Find the Consultation Paper here

Take the Survey here

Send a written submission to [email protected]

Consultation Key Questions:

  • What sort of Australian lifestyle do we want for our children and grandchildren?
  • What aspects of regional Australia must be preserved and protected in an era of change?
  • Can we increase regional Australia’s rate of population growth and do so sustainably?
  • What are the best levers or combination of levers to achieve this?
  • What are the key actions to address the skills gap in regional Australia?
  • What actions can be taken to effectively fill regional jobs vacancies?
  • What are the main liveability concerns in your region?
  • What strategies are currently being, or should be, implemented to address these?
  • What are the best ways to unlock the economic potential of regional Australia?
  • What are the impediments to economic growth and investment in regional Australia?
  • What are the current or potential opportunities for regional Australia in reaching net zero?
  • How can the impacts of natural disasters on regional communities be mitigated?