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This year's State of the Regions report

This is the 21st State of the Regions Report. The Report is commissioned by ALGA and prepared by National Economics.

The latest report prepared by National Economics (the Australian Institute of Economic and Industry Research) brings forth the data and analysis showing a growing inequality between metropolitan and remote/outer lying regions, when looking at the indicators of population, GDP, income from work, productivity and household disposable income.  A detailed analysis of regional performance is provided across household wealth and income, construction, industry and employment, unemployment and social security take up.

Additional commentary is provided in relation to potential vulnerabilities from Chinese trade, with both indirect and direct exports of both goods and services considered for the 67 defined regions.  Insights are also provided into the energy sector, outlining electricity generation by fuel type by SOR region from both renewable and non-renewable fuel sources.

An overview of the finance sector and its role at the SOR regional scale is also provided, asking, "what should local government be looking for as [scrutiny and changes in the finance sector] plays out?"

The report provides extensive data for regions covering all of Australia, that includes a chapter on the aggregated regional indicators for the nation, the metropolitan regions of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, as well as for Northern Australia, Independent Cities (Canberra, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong, Hobart, Geelong and Darwin) and Rural Regions (small towns).

The main report is 219 pages. The Appendices is 365 pages.

Chapter outlines include:

  1. Australian regions: The benefits and vulnerabilities from Chinese trade;
  2. Migration and population growth;
  3. Commuting;
  4. Industry and employment;
  5. Household wealth and income;
  6. Construction expenditure;
  7. Finance;
  8. Local government finance;
  9. Trade and regional development described;
  10. Australian electricity generation from renewable and non-renewable sources


Appendix 1 – Comprehensive Regional Indicators for 67 regions

Appendix 2 – Aggregated Regional Indicators

Appendix 3 – Core Indicators in region order

Appendix 4 – Index of LGAs and Region Membership

Appendix 5 – Indicator Explanations



You can find information about, or access to, previous year's Reports on ALGA's State of the Regions index.