Regional Investment Framework

A new approach to delivering regional investment

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.

Guiding principles

Realising the Government’s ambition of ‘no one held back and no one left behind’ requires specific regional investment across portfolios.

  • Australia’s regions and their economies are diverse, with each having unique strengths and challenges.
  • Delivering on the potential of regional Australia requires building on each regions’ unique strengths, including helping regions undergoing significant economic change to transition or adapt to specific structural challenges.
  • Place-based decision making that draws on the experience of local government alongside regional bodies must guide investment in our regions.

Focus areas

The key objectives across Government are: 

  • Meeting the needs of, and providing opportunities for, First Nations people.
  • Supporting the transformation to a net zero economy and decarbonisation.
  • Achieving gender equality

This will be achieved by investing in these four focus areas:  

Investing in People +

Putting people at the forefront of growth, with local voices influencing decision making

Listening to local voices and partnering with communities

Targeted investment in skills, education, training and local leadership capacity

Investing in Places +

Targeted and place-based investment that enables communities to thrive

Supporting adaptive, accessible, sustainable and liveable regions

Delivering infrastructure where and when it is needed

Investing in Services +

Investment in regional services with a focus on improving quality and accessibility

Enhancing connectivity, accessibility and equity of services

Investment including across communications, health, water, and transport

Investing in Industries & Local Economies +

Ensuring regional industries and economies are positioned for sustainable growth.

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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RDA Gold Coast
Level 9, Seabank Building
12-14 Marine Parade, Southport Qld 4215
PO Box 3290, Southport BC QLD 4215

Estella Rodighiero
Director of Regional Development
M: 0411 558 834
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