The 4th Australian Regional Development Conference is fast approaching and in 2017 will be held at Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort from 11-12 September.  

Abstract Submission is open until Monday 22 May for those wishing to present at the Conference this September. Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation.

Topics for 2017 include:

  • 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


Registration is also now open for those wishing to take advantage of early bird discounts currently available, for further information on the 4th Australian Regional Development Conference or to submit an abstract please visit