Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Extra Government Funding for Regional Australia Institute

Media Release


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.”