The Regional Investment Framework is a new approach to how the Australian Government delivers regional investment – valuing local voices and priorities, being informed by and building the evidence, operating with flexibility, integrity and transparency, and coordinating across governments to make investments work better for regions. It provides an integrated and coordinated framework for regional development regardless of a region’s economic circumstances.
Realising the Government’s ambition of ‘no one held back and no one left behind’ requires specific regional investment across portfolios.
The key objectives across Government are:
This will be achieved by investing in these four focus areas:
Listening to local voices and partnering with communities
Targeted investment in skills, education, training and local leadership capacity
Supporting adaptive, accessible, sustainable and liveable regions
Delivering infrastructure where and when it is needed
Enhancing connectivity, accessibility and equity of services
Investment including across communications, health, water, and transport
Investment to help activate economic and industry growth.
Supporting the conditions needed for regional industries to diversify and grow
The Framework guides the Government’s approach to design and delivery of regional initiatives. It will influence decision making in Budget processes, drive meaningful collaboration across and between governments, embed data and evidence to support better outcomes, and ensure local voices are heard and influence responses.
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