Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia's Future

June 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN: 978-1-74366-843-6

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Chair's Foreword


Terms of Reference


List of Recommendations

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

  Final report

2. Inquiry Process

  Launch of inquiry
  Issues paper
  Interim report
  Media and communications
  Public hearings
  Private briefings
  Final report
  Committee consideration

3. Principles of Regional Development

  Principles for building and sustaining regional Australia

4. Regional Australia

  Defining rural and regional Australia
  Definitional limitations
  Value of rural and regional Australia
  Globalisation and 21st century Australia
  Rural and regional challenges

5. Elements of Regional Development

  Human capital
  Resilience of communities
  Investment in regions

6. Framework of Regional Development

  Commonwealth Government

7. Decentralisation of Commonwealth Entities

  Current decentralisation program
  Advantages of decentralisation
  Timing of decentralisation decisions
  Deciding whether to decentralise
  Challenges and risks
  Successful implementation
  Solutions other than whole-agency relocation

8. Corporate Decentralisation

  Defining corporate decentralisation
  Conditions for corporate decentralisation
  Successful corporate decentralisation
  Unsuccessful corporate decentralisation
  Financial incentives

9. Committee Strategy

  A placed-based approach
  Future strategy
  Green and White Paper
  Joint Standing Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation

A. Submissions

B. Public Hearings

C. Exhibits

D. Expert Panel Members

E. Australian Public Sector Agencies

Committee Secretariat contact:

PO Box 6021
Parliament House

Phone: +61 2 6277 4397