The Federal Government has released the 2024 State of Australia’s Regions report, which showcases data on key issues and opportunities facing Australia’s regions. 

The report is used as an evidence base that supports the Federal Government’s targeted and coordinated regional investment.

In line with the government’s Regional Investment Framework, which emphasises the importance of listening and responding to the voices, knowledge and priorities of regional Australians, the 2024 report focuses on contemporary and pressing issues as identified at the local level, including:

  • Ensuring regional workforces are positioned to meet the needs of today and tomorrow
  • Promoting the economic aspirations, cultures and languages of First Nations people
  • Supporting places with amenity, services and economic opportunities
  • Collaboratively addressing issues like housing availability and affordability and access to quality early childhood education and care
  • Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters
  • Responding to challenges and opportunities as Australia transitions to a net zero emissions future

The report also provides a snapshot of Federal Government initiatives and investments that are strengthening the productivity, liveability and sustainability of regional Australia, such as the Growing Regions Program, Regional Precincts and Partnership Program and Better Connectivity Plan for Regional and Rural Australia.

The report contributes to the Federal Government’s suite of regional data tools and products, including the Regional Data Hub, the Progress in Australian Regions and Cities Dashboard, the new Measuring What Matters framework, and the broad variety of data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said that supporting strong, secure and sustainable regions is a high priority for the Federal Government.

“That is why we are launching this new report, which will contribute to informing how we can collectively build strong, sustainable and welcoming regional communities that all Australians can call home,” Minister King said. 

“These regular reports will support evidence-based decision making through the Government’s Regional Investment Framework – ensuring investments and initiatives across government respond to what the data is showing, and what people in the regions are saying.”

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Kristy McBain, said that the government is committed to building thriving and dynamic regional communities where people can pursue a range of economic opportunities across established and emerging industries, where they can build new skills, and where they can pursue their dream job.

“As communities outside of our big cities grow, it’s more important than ever that regional people have access to reliable, fit-for-purpose services in their own backyard – from education, health and connectivity,” Minister McBain said. 

“This report provides us with valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities in our regions, and will help ensure that our investments continue to target local priorities.”

To read the full report, visit www.infrastructure.gov.au/territories-regions-cities/regional-australia/state-australias-regions-report.

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