Regional development research of interest to local government

Research conducted by the Department of Transport and Regional Services, including the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics and the Bureau of Rural Sciences provides a range of useful investigations that may help local governments. A snapshot of current and recent research and other useful documents by these Australian Government agencies is below.

This is not a comprehensive audit. Further leads may be obtained from these and other Australian Government agency web sites, including the new Australian Government publications web site at www.publications.gov.au.

Contact addresses

Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics
Department of Transport and Regional Services
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

(02) 6274 7210
(02) 6274 6816 (Fax)
www.btre.gov.au/research.aspx

Regional Policy
Department of Transport and Regional Services
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

(02) 6274 6529

Regional Business Development Analysis
GPO Box 594
Canberra ACT 2601

(02) 6274 7826
www.rbda.gov.au

Bureau of Rural Sciences
Social Sciences Program
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601

(02) 6272 5600
www.brs.gov.au/

TitleDescriptionAgency/partnerDate/availability

Focus on Regions No. 1 Industry structure Analyses statistical information about the industry structure of employment in Australias regions, and explores the relationship between industry structure and economic growth. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2003
www.btre.gov.au/
(02) 6274 7210
Focus on Regions No. 2 Education, skills and employment Analyses trends in educational attainment and occupational status, as well as the spatial distribution of skills and qualifications across Australias regions. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2003
www.btre.gov.au/
(02) 6274 7210
About Australias Regions (booklet) An informative introduction to the latest social, economic and environmental statistics for Australias regions. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2003
www.btre.gov.au/
(02) 6274 7210
Government interventions in pursuit of regional development: Learning from experience BTRE Working Paper 55 Reviews Australian and international government regional policy interventions, providing insights into what does and does not work in addressing regional development issues. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2003
www.btre.gov.au/
(02) 6274 7210
Regional public transport in Australia: Long distance services, trends and projectionsBTRE Working Paper 51 Provides information on existing long-distance public transport services to regional areas and the likely impact of long-term demographic changes on the demand for future services. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2003
www.btre.gov.au/
(02) 6274 7210
Regional public transport in Australia: Economic regulation and assistance measures BTRE Working Paper 54 Provides a snapshot of the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments regulatory and assistance arrangements affecting long-distance regional public transport across Australia in 200102. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2002
www.btre.gov.au/
(02) 6274 7210
Investment trends in the Lower Murray Darling Basin BTRE Working Paper 58 Derives estimates of investment in water-related primary and secondary industries in Murray River regions and examines government water management regimes and other factors impacting on long-term investment trends. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics 2003
www.btre.gov.au/
(02) 6274 7210

Guidelines for a Local Government Infrastructure Financing Manual Identifies how the private sector can become involved in local infrastructure, given its management and operating efficiencies, and how local government can prepare for such involvement. Department of Transport and Regional Services Local Government SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd

2002
www.dotars.gov.au/local/publications/index.aspx

The Success Factors: managing change in regional and rural Australia Documents how seven communities in regional, rural and remote Australia have managed change. Regional Womens Advisory Council Department of Transport and Regional Services Regional Policy 2001
www.dotars.gov.au/regional/councils/rwac/index.aspx
(02) 6274 6529
Community and Campus: the benefits of engagement Examines engagement between universities and university campuses with the regional communities where they are based. Dr Steve Galick, Mr Geoff Pryor, Department of Transport and Regional Services Regional Policy 2003
Expected to be available on DOTARS web site in early 2004
(02) 6274 6294
The role of local government in economic development: Findings of a national survey of Australian local government authorities Looks at approaches and models of regional development, investigating options for working jointly in regional clusters of councils. Department of Transport and Regional Services Regional Policy SGS Economic Planning Pty Ltd 2003
Published in Sustaining Regions journal Vol 2, No 2 Winter 2003
www.ssn.flinders.edu.au
(08) 8201 3522
Implications for local government of changing regional governance structures Assesses trends in the evolution of regional governance structures (case studies). Department of Transport and Regional Services Regional Policy CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems 2003
Published in Sustaining Regions journal Vol 2, No 2 Winter 2003
www.ssn.flinders.edu.au
(08) 8201 3522
Sustainable regions profiles Provides detailed descriptions of statistical profiles of the eight regions involved in Department of Transport and Regional Services Sustainable Regions Program. Department of Transport and Regional Services Regional Policy Australian Bureau of Statistics 2002/03
Regional business development literature review Collates, reviews and summarises articles reports and other literature on regional business development issues. Department of Transport and Regional Services Regional Policy SGS Economic Planning Pty Ltd 2002
www.rbda.gov.au
(02) 6274 7826
Perceptions of regional Australia and development outcomes Examines attitudes and perceptions of metropolitan Australians to regional Australia and possible links to development. Department of Transport and Regional Services Regional Policy Woolcott Research 2003
Expected availability DOTARS web site 2004
(02) 6274 8176
Report on the Roads to Recovery program A survey of 39 councils participating in the Roads to Recovery program to assess the extent to which the program helped councils fill the gap between local road renewal needs and local road expenditure. Department of Transport and Regional Services Australian Local Government Association 2003
www.auslink.gov.au/funding/r2r/index.aspx
AusLink: Towards the National Land Transport Plan (Green paper) Discussion document on a new approach to transport development, transforming separate road, rail and intermodal links into an integrated land transport network. Department of Transport and Regional Services 2002
www.auslink.gov.au
Identifying regional planning skill needs for integrated natural resource management Skills identification for regional community participation in integrated regional natural resource management planning. Bureau of Rural Sciences
Land and Water Australia
2002
socialsciences@brs.gov.au or www.agriculture.gov.au/
(02) 6272 3047
A social atlas of Australias wine regions 2001 Data and trend analysis regarding the social conditions of communities associated with the wine industry. Bureau of Rural Sciences
Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation
2001
socialsciences@brs.gov.au or www.agriculture.gov.au/
(02) 6272 4565
Profiling Australias rural population and industries Provides easy access to comprehensive data and information on population and rural industry trends in rural and regional Australia. Bureau of Rural SciencesRural
Industry Research and Development Corporation
2003
Available on web site early 2004
www.agriculture.gov.au/
(02) 6272 4664
Facing the future Explores the social and cultural factors that influence farming family decisions about their future. Bureau of Rural Sciences
Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation
2002
www.rirdc.gov.au/
Fee applies
Social data to underpin catchment planning Collects and interprets baseline social data that will underpin Natural Heritage Trust implementation and evaluation at the regional scale. Bureau of Rural Sciences
Natural Heritage Trust
Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Lachlan CMA, Queensland Murray Darling Committee, Burnett-Mary Regional Group
200304
Published progressively over 200304
(02) 6272 3382

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