The RAI is challenging Australians to review the way they think about regional Australia.
Su McCluskey, CEO of the RAI
Too often the term ‘regional Australia’ is shorthand for small rural towns, when people talk about regional Australia they usually have one type of community in mind – small, with most people working in agriculture and a long way from any capital city. While there are many communities like this in regional Australia, most are different.
To respond to the needs of our regions, it is essential that we move beyond this one-dimensional view.
So what does regional Australia actually look like? Their work – Foundations of Regional Australia – looks at answering that question.
The RAI defines four different regional types based on the relationships between a region’s key industries, it’s proximity to larger cities and local population size.