Regions Rising VIC // 7 August 2019

Event Overview

Regional Australia is changing, and with this transformation comes boundless opportunities to rethink what regional Australia means. In April, the RAI launched the Future of Regional Jobs paper at our Regions Rising National Summit in Canberra. Jobs are changing, and we want to share our research with VIC. We use our evidence-based research to present the facts, we bring key regional stakeholders together, and we work to change the narrative of regional Australia.

Regional Population Growth – Are We Ready?

Regions Rising VIC is part of the Regional Australia Institute’s (RAI’s) ground breaking national roadshow for 2019.

Victorian Government has long promoted the benefits of living and working in regional Victoria through various campaigns such as “Ready when you are”. The RAI’s most recent work provides the missing link to promote further settlement in our regions.

Be part of the critical conversation, where the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Jaclyn Symes will launch our new national report, Regional Population Growth – are we ready? and a new RAI tool to help consider why living and working in our regions is a fantastic option for your future.

The Victorian Premier, the Hon Dan Andrews, set out a clear plan for Victoria to build 100,000 jobs, many of which reside in our beautiful regions. The RAI’s foundational work can help support this target to better understand the future employment trends and the opportunities that exist for Victorians to make the move.


DateWednesday 7 August 2019


11.00am – 2.30pm


RACV City Club
501 Burke Street Melbourne VIC 3000


Jaclyn Symes

The Hon. Jaclyn Symes

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture; 

David Matthews

David Matthews

Independent Director, 
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Liz Ritchie

Liz Ritchie

Regional Australia Institute

Kim Houghton (photo)

Dr Kim Houghton

Regional Australia Institute

Moses Lee

Team Leader, Economics and Modelling,
Infrastructure Victoria

Natalie Egleton

CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Sam Dimarco (photo)

Sam Dimarco

Head of Stakeholder Relations, NBN Co.

Christian Zahra

Principal, Impact Partners Australia & RAI Board member

Simone Dudley

Founder & Director, Therapy Connect

Beth Jones

Deputy Secretary, Rural and Regional Victoria & CEO, Regional Development Victoria

National Series platinum partners

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

About the Regional Australia Institute

The RAI is the nation’s first and only independent regional economic think tank specialised in developing and communicating the knowledge, policy and practical solutions required to lift the prosperity of people in regions and Australia overall.

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