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Landmark housing research lifts the lid on regions and what needs to change

New research released today holds the key to meeting the growing demand for housing in regional towns and cities around the country, according to the Regional Australia Institute (RAI).

13/05/2022

Landmark housing research lifts the lid on regions and what needs to change

Budget Delivers for the Growing Regions

RAI CEO Liz Ritchie said regional population growth leaped again in 2020-21 and the first time on record the population of our capital cities actually declined.

30/03/2022

Budget Delivers for the Growing Regions

RAI Unveils Solutions to Boost Housing Supply in Regions

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has today released a suite of solutions to increase the supply of more affordable and appropriate housing across regional Australia to meet current and future demand.

30/03/2022

RAI Unveils Solutions to Boost Housing Supply in Regions

Pandemic Sees Doubling in Net Migration From Capital Cities to Regional Australia

Net migration to regional areas during 2020 and 2021 is more than double the level in the two years prior to the coronavirus pandemic – despite a 10-percent drop in the number of city-country relocations during the December 2021 quarter.

17/02/2022

Pandemic Sees Doubling in Net Migration From Capital Cities to Regional Australia

Regional Australia Hits Prime Minister’s Unemployment Target

The Regional Australia Institute’s (RAI) latest job vacancy report shows that regional unemployment has already fallen below four percent – the national target set by the Prime Minister last week.

9/02/2022

Regional Australia Hits Prime Minister’s Unemployment Target

The Love Games – Attracting Metro-Movers to Australia’s Regional Towns

Australians are increasingly subscribing to the motto, “live where you love.” But what is it that makes a regional town not only liveable, but loveable?

13/12/2021

The Love Games – Attracting Metro-Movers to Australia’s Regional Towns

Forget the Great Resignation – the Great Regionalisation Is the Shakeup Australia Needs!

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is calling on Australian leaders across society to seize the opportunity created by COVID to shape a truly equitable, sustainable, and prosperous nation.

12/11/2021

Forget the Great Resignation – the Great Regionalisation Is the Shakeup Australia Needs!

Sydney and Melbourne Lockdowns No Barrier to Overall Growth in Regional Living

Lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne have not stopped the continued increase in overall population flows from capital cities to regions during the September quarter, according to new data released today.

28/10/2021

Sydney and Melbourne Lockdowns No Barrier to Overall Growth in Regional Living

Innovate With NBN Grants Open for Regional and Remote Businesses Across Australia

Applications are now open for the 2021 Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program, with $95,000 in total funding up for grabs to support regional and remote businesses drive the development and adoption of their bright ideas.

7/10/2021

Innovate With NBN Grants Open for Regional and Remote Businesses Across Australia

Regional Lifestyle Continues to Appeal

Australians continue to make the move to regional Australia, with those areas located within a three-hour drive of the capital cities proving most popular, according to new data.

17/09/2021

Regional Lifestyle Continues to Appeal

Regional Australia Institute Welcomes 2021 Australia Infrastructure Plan

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has welcomed the 2021 Australia Infrastructure Plan for putting people and places at the centre of future development thinking.

3/09/2021

Regional Australia Institute Welcomes 2021 Australia Infrastructure Plan

New Index Fast-tracks Details on Where Australians Are Moving Regionally

Population growth hotspots can now be identified faster than ever in Australia, with the release today of a new index developed by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).

28/06/2021

New Index Fast-tracks Details on Where Australians Are Moving Regionally

Deputy Prime Minister’s Pre-budget Address

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) will host Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Michael McCormack for a pre-budget address, to be broadcast publicly via webinar.

4/05/2021

Deputy Prime Minister’s Pre-budget Address

Regional Job Opportunities Hit Record Levels Around the Country

The demand for workers in regional Australia has hit an all-time high, with more than 66,200 jobs available in regional towns and cities across the country, according to the Regional Australia Institute (RAI).

30/04/2021

Regional Job Opportunities Hit Record Levels Around the Country

RAI Launches New Toolkit to Help Country Towns Build Their Populations

Regional communities wanting to grow now have access to a new resource to help them capitalise on the burgeoning national interest in Australia outside the city limits.

18/03/2021

RAI Launches New Toolkit to Help Country Towns Build Their Populations

Regional Australia – Move to More Campaign Launch

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has today unveiled a multi-million-dollar national awareness campaign, encouraging city-dwellers to find their new home in the regions and Move to More.

17/03/2021

Regional Australia – Move to More Campaign Launch

Liz Ritchie’s Speech at NFF National Press Club Event

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen. I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of this land, the Ngunnawal People – past, present and future.

23/02/2021

Liz Ritchie’s Speech at NFF National Press Club Event

New Research Shows Why City Dwellers Want a Life in the Country and When They Might Move

New research released today by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) shows one-in-five city residents are looking to move to the regions, with more than half wanting to make the jump within the next 12 months.

22/02/2021

New Research Shows Why City Dwellers Want a Life in the Country and When They Might Move

RAI Announces New Body to Help Drive National Awareness Campaign

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) will today officially launch the Regional Activators Alliance (RAA) – a new body designed to help create its National Awareness Campaign aimed at driving population to the regions.

28/10/2020

RAI Announces New Body to Help Drive National Awareness Campaign

Innovate With NBN Grants to Help Drive Regional Innovation

Joint media release with NBN Co Applications are now open for the new Innovate with nbn Grants Program.

26/10/2020

Innovate With NBN Grants to Help Drive Regional Innovation

Regions Are Rising to the Recovery Challenge

A regional renaissance could be the key to economic recovery post-COVID-19 with resource and agricultural regions still driving national GDP, according to the Regional Australia Institute (RAI).

29/07/2020

Regions Are Rising to the Recovery Challenge


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