Terms of Reference

On 11 February 2015, the Senate moved that the following matters be referred to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 December 2015.

The future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia, including:

  1. an assessment of current demographic trends and the changing role of regional capitals;
  2. an analysis of current funding provided to regional capitals;
  3. an analysis of the benefit of additional funding regional capitals could receive based on population, demand for services and their strategic importance for the region, state or country;
  4. investment challenges and opportunities to maintain or grow regional capitals, including infrastructure, community and human services, communications and natural resources;
  5. incentives and policy measures that would support sustainable growth in regional capitals;
  6. the impact the changing environment will have on regional capitals; and
  7. any other related matters.

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