Achievements linked to regional communities having better access to economic opportunities and services, and being able to take the lead in their own planning and development, were a result of implementing a number of key strategies:
- lead the development nationally of an integrated, whole of government approach to regional development and regional services, which supports communities' own solutions
- encourage Commonwealth agencies to give priority to addressing issues facing regional Australia (such as education and skills development) when they develop and implement policies and programmes
- lead by example in making use of services and skills available in regional Australia
- improve the understanding of Commonwealth agencies and regions of the requirements of individual communities by improving how regional needs are analysed
- lead the development nationally of research into the cost of natural disasters and the benefits of mitigation.
A more detailed analysis of specific achievements against each key strategy follows.