Policy.

Importance of Regional Capitals

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Regional capital cities are substantial contributors to Australia’s economic performance and play an integral role in the social wellbeing of hundreds of regional and rural communities.

RCA advocates for regional capital cities to have a clear and central role in national policy so they are connected and liveable. This includes having a total infrastructure package to support more growth in cities through transport, digital technology, education, health, recreation and culture.

Policy Framework

Our Policy Positions

Regional capital cities are substantial contributors to Australia’s economic performance and play an integral role in the social wellbeing of hundreds of regional and rural communities.

Our policy framework is built on the idea that we should build the capacity of regional capital cities.

RCA has developed capability statements on these three areas, supported by Position Papers on Productivity; Connectivity; and Liveability.

Download our Position Papers below.

Position Papers

Productivity

Regional capital cities are primary production, export and employment hubs, particularly for the service sector where demand is increasing in line with a growing population. Recognising the strategic importance that regional capitals have in Australia’s future, then investing accordingly can add billions of dollars
to Australia’s economic output.

Connectivity

Consistent and reliable forms of connectivity services including high-speed broadband, mobile access, flight services and faster rail. These are required to overcome the tyrrany of distance and increase productivity in regional capital cities. These services will also give both the public and private sectors the ability to maximise the growth potential of regional capital cities.

Liveability

Regional capital cities are known as “10 minute cities” where regional Australian enjoy no congestion, affordable housing and a vibrant urban lifestyle. Australian regional capital cities provide essential infrastructure, services, business, employment and education opportunities to the surrounding regions. The liveability in regional capital cities attracts Australians from the congested major metropolitan cities, to bring their skills and experience with them to regional Australia.