Future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia

24 November 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISBN 978-1-76010-498-6

View the report as a single document - (PDF 814KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 22KB)
Chapter 1 (PDF 42KB)

Initial referral and terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Other inquiries

Chapter 2 - Regional capitals and regional centres in Australia (PDF 84KB)


Chapter 3 - Australia's regional centres (PDF 321KB)

Development of regional capitals in Australia
Strategic importance of regional capitals
Challenges facing regional capitals
Access to communication technology

Chapter 4 - Federal funding of regional capitals (PDF 131KB)

Federal programs
Does federal funding promote economic development?

Chapter 5 - Infrastructure investment (PDF 52KB)

Infrastructure Australia: Australian Infrastructure Plan
Select Committee on the Scrutiny of Government Budget Measures, second interim report of April 2016
Meeting the infrastructure needs of regional capitals

Chapter 6 - Supporting sustainable growth in regional capitals (PDF 59KB)

National strategy
Ensuring decision making and strategic planning is based on accurate data
Fit for purpose roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN)
Enhancing the role of regional universities
Tailored funding for regional capitals

Additional comments from the Australian Greens (PDF 16KB)


Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 43KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 25KB)
Appendix 3 (PDF 129KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511