Terms of Reference

The House of Representatives amended the resolution of appointment on 15 June 2020, replacing ‘final report no later than 31 July 2020’ in paragraph 2 with ‘final report no later than 31 March 2021’. The House of Representatives on 25 July 2019 resolved that:

  1. a Select Committee on Regional Australia be appointed to inquire into and report on;
    1. Examining the effectiveness of existing regional service delivery and development programs;
    2. Examining the contribution and role of regional Australia to our national identity, economy and environment;
    3. Promoting the development of regional centres, cities, towns and districts including promoting master planning of regional communities;
    4. Promoting private investment in regional centres and regional infrastructure;
    5. Examine the key drivers for unlocking decentralisation opportunities for both the private and public sectors;
    6. Promoting the competitive advantages of regional location for businesses;
    7. Investigate the development of capital city size regional centres in strategic locations and the benefits this offers regional cities, capital cities, the Australian economy and lifestyle;
    8. Examine the potential for new developments, towns and cities to be built in regional Australia;
    9. Examining international examples of nations who have vast and productive regional areas, which are sparsely populated;
    10. Examining ways urbanisation can be re-directed to achieve more balanced regional development;
    11. Identifying the infrastructure requirements for reliable and affordable health, education, transport, telecommunications, clean energy, water and waste in a new settlement of reasonable size, located away from existing infrastructure; and
    12. Consider other measures to support the ongoing growth and sustainability of regional Australia.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Select Committee on Regional Australia
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4508