Regions Rising National Events Series 2019

14 January, 2019

This events series will be a roadshow that ensures the stakeholders of regional Australia have an opportunity to be heard. The Regional Australia Institute will be hosting a forum in every state and territory. The first event in the series will be a national summit, to be held in Canberra on Thursday 4 April, 2019.

The theme of this year’s Canberra summit is Regional Futures which will capture the key issues impacting regional communities as evidenced through RAI’s Shared Inquiry research program.

Topics will include: The Jobs of the Future; Population; Infrastructure and Technology; and Regions in Transition.

Headlining the Canberra event are the Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Michael McCormack MP who will provide his vision for Regional Australia, and the Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Senator The Hon. Bridget McKenzie.

Other speakers include:

  • Marnie Baker, Managing Director, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank;
  • Paul Lindwall, Commissioner, Productivity Commission;
  • Gabrielle Chan, Author of Rusted Off; and
  • Dr Kim Houghton, General Manager Policy and Research, RAI.

The full program will be available in early 2019 and will include speakers from both sides of government, economists, regional leaders, business leaders as well as health and education experts.

In addition, key regional themes will be presented through an interactive policy hacking session. The outcome will be to create a plan of action that can be delivered to both sides of government to consider in the future.

RAI CEO Jack Archer says this national series of events will provide a significant shift to elevate the discussion and to bring more regional stakeholders together to advance education, debate and policy insights.

“Our purpose is to change the narrative of regional Australia and ensure our evidence based work is influencing decisions makers across Australia,” Mr Archer said.

The RAI will also host a Regional Policy Masterclass in Canberra on 5 April.

Regions Rising 2019 schedule is as follows:

4-5 April: Canberra
May: Melbourne
June: Perth
July: Brisbane
August: Darwin
September: Adelaide
October: Hobart
November: Sydney

Tickets to the Canberra Summit and Masterclass are now available but are limited – BOOK HERE

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