Australian Regional Development Conference

Regional Development in a Changing World

Australia’s sustainability and future are reliant on the development of regional areas. Regional and Remote Communities know what they need, collaboration is key… doing what we have always done will not generate different results.

The conference will provide equal focus to the advancement of economic and social outcomes for Regional Australia – Economic, Planning, Infrastructure, Environment and Community Development.

Research has shown that the creativity, confidence and vision of locals, is central to a region’s successful development and growth.

How will significant policy changes in the United States and Great Britain impact opportunities in Regional Australia. Global uncertainty about economic policy is at record highs.

Topics will include but not be limited to;

  • Engagement and innovation
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Food and agriculture
  • Tourism and events
  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture and mining
  • Community service delivery with a focus on health, housing access, aged care and medical services
  • Employment – job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government – policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and transport – road freight, rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines
  • Digital – broadband technology
  • Banking and Finance

The conference will address

  • Economic development opportunities for business and job creation
  • Social inclusion issues of unemployment; education completion rates, health delivery and community development
  • Planning and building challenges of land use application, refurbishment and renewal in a regional setting
  • Sustainability and liveable communities principles
  • How to meet the challenging in uncertain times; climate change, population shifts, natural disasters, droughts, commodity price fluctuations and agriculture adjustments.
  • Infrastructure challenges for freight to distribute products from regional Australia to urban and overseas export markets

The program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynote Presenters, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Poster Presentations.

Delegate Opportunities

All delegates will have the opportunity to film a 3 minute dialogue which will be broadcast from the venue on multiple social media platforms. They will also have exclusive access to the full program podcast collection after the event.

In 2017, the conference will include an Awards presentation for innovation in Economic Development; Planning and Building; Environment and Sustainability; Community Development; and Leadership. Applications for entry are open now.

The Conference Committee would like to thank our keynote and panel speakers, oral and poster presenters and session chairs for their valuable contribution to the discussion and debate.


Who Should Attend?

This Conference is designed for individuals and representatives from organisations with an academic, business or professional interest in regional development. It will appeal in particular to:

  • Federal Government inter-agency representatives
  • State Government representatives
  • Local Government representatives including CEO, General Managers, Mayors and Elected Officials
  • Economic and Community Development Managers and Groups
  • Sustainability and Environment Groups
  • Organisations representing indigenous affairs
  • Town Planners, Architects, Builders, Project Managers and Engineers
  • Chamber of Commerce, RDA and Economic Development Groups
  • Banking, Finance and others interested in Economic Development
  • Academics and Researchers, Education Bodies
  • Local Business Owners and Managers
  • Resource Sector, Tourism Operators and Agricultural bodies

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