#RegionsRising National Summit 17-18 March 2021: Growing Regional Australia - Shaping the Good Life

2021 National Summit Overview

The Regions Rising National Summit has moved to 17-18 March 2021

More than 9 million people call regional Australia home, but it has such a big heart and it’s ready to grow.

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is leading a national movement that builds on momentum already underway to see societal shift in Australia – to help rebalance our population.

It’s a big task, maybe too ambitious for many, but we know this challenge will ignite a spark in some. They are the people we want to work with.

Join us at our National Summit, Growing Regional Australia – Shaping the Good Life.

Day 1: Wednesday 17 March 2021


Day 1 of the Summit will bring together some of the country’s brightest minds, with keynote speakers and panellists to present the latest on issues around population trends, regional migration, jobs, education, health, climate, infrastructure and innovation, as well as local leadership and the economy.

Backed by our research, the RAI believes these are the key elements needed to build our National Awareness Campaign to be launched in 2020 – which will promote the opportunities of living in regional Australia.

Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner will be a formal networking opportunity to close out day 1, with a two course meal and entertainment. The keynote speaker will be announced shortly. Watch this space!

Day 2: Thursday 18 March 2021


The Masterclass on Day 2 is your opportunity to learn from the experts about shaping critical policy in Australia. It will be more rigorous and interactive than day 1, drawing on the key themes and insights gleaned from the conference speakers and panellists. Prominent political figures will help shape the day.

Conference7.00am – 5.00pm Wed 17 Mar 2021
Gala Dinner7.00pm – 10.30pm Wed 17 Mar 2021
Masterclass8.00am – 4.00pm Thu 18 Mar 2021


Hotel Realm
18 National Circuit
Canberra ACT 2600


Single Tickets – Early Bird Pricing

Conference$ 600
Masterclass$ 480
Gala Dinner$ 160

Packaged Tickets – Early Bird Pricing

Conference + Gala Dinner$ 680
Conference + Masterclass$ 900
Full Package$ 1,000

Corporate Tables of 10 Packages

Conference$ 6,300
Gala Dinner$ 1,800
Conference + Masterclass$ 10,000
Conference + Gala Dinner$ 7,200

All prices include GST.

Not-for-profit organisations are eligible for a discounted rate; please email [email protected] to request a discount code.


DOMA Hotels is offering Regions Rising delegates discounted rates across their Canberra hotels: Hotel Realm, Little National Hotel, Burbury Hotel, and Brassey Hotel.

Simply enter the booking code EVENT to receive a 15% discount at these four hotels when booking online, or quote the code if booking over the phone.

Central Reservations phone 02 6163 1888


Michael McCormack

The Hon
Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Alan Tudge

The Hon
Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Population,
Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Catherine King

Catherine King MP

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Ita Buttrose


Saul Eslake


Jacqueline Hey

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Ben English

The Daily Telegraph

Jo Palmer

Pointer Remote Roles

Nick Lane

Executive Director and Founder, Passive Place

Ben Hubbard

Principal, Creswell Advisory

Kim Houghton

Kim Houghton

Chief Economist, Regional Australia Institute

Liz Ritchie

Liz Ritchie

CEO, Regional Australia Institute

National Series 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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