Chances to make a point

Have your say on regional inequality, rural and remote mental health services and the arts in regional Australia. Senate inquiries are calling for submissions on the first two issues and Regional Arts Australia is conducting a survey about the third.

The Senate Economics References Committee is looking at the indicators and impact of regional inequality with particular reference to government policies and programs in the following areas:

  • Fiscal policies at Federal, State and Local Government levels.
  • Improved coordination of Federal, State and Local Government policies.
  • Regional development policies.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Education.
  • Building human capital.
  • Enhancing local workforce skills.
  • Employment arrangements.
  • Decentralisation policies.
  • Innovation.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Any other related matters.

The committee would like to hear about:

  • Experiences of individuals and localities of unequal access to opportunities and unequal outcomes in non-metropolitan areas.
  • Views on the causes of inequality between regions, especially between capital cities and other areas.
  • Analysis of the economics of regional inequality, including wider impacts.
  • Examples of solutions: what has caused some regions and towns to prosper?
  • Policy settings which could help address inequality between regions.

Submissions close on 30 April 2018. 

If this is your first time submitting online to an inquiry you will need to create a My Parliament log in or email your submission to If you have an account log in here

THE SENATE Community Affairs References Committee is holding an inquiry  into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia.  Submissions are sought by 11 May and the reporting date is 17 October. For more information see here.

REGIONAL ARTS AUSTRALIA is undertaking a survey to find out how it can better support the one in three Australians that live in regional Australia. The survey will help shape programs, policies and direction in the coming years.
The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be open until Tuesday 10 April. For further information visit the website  or email