Extra Government Funding for Regional Australia Institute

Media Release

FN003/2017

23 January 2017

  • $1.82 million provided to extend the work of the Regional Australia Institute
  • Funding will support the Institute's strategic priorities
  • The Institute provides independent advice about regional policy

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash has announced extra funding for Australia's only independent think tank focused on national regional issues – the Regional Australia Institute (RAI).

Minister Nash said the Government's $1.82 million grant would enable RAI to continue its operations.

“RAI provides information and advice to strengthen regional Australia,” Minister Nash said.

Minister Nash said RAI works with regional leaders to help make regional Australia an even better place.

“It also promotes examples of successful innovative regional businesses to key decision makers.”

Under the agreement, RAI will be undertaking a number of reviews to shape the organisation to ensure it is sustainable, practically focused and continues to be an independent source of advice and analysis to support regional development.

“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with RAI in promoting the contribution and opportunities in rural, regional and remote Australia.”