Essential Services in Urban and Regional Australia – A Quantitative Comparison

Essential Services in Urban and Regional Australia – A Quantitative Comparison

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This research has for the first time quantified the extra costs faced by Australia’s non-metropolitan residents in accessing essential government services, and highlighted the need to find better ways to deliver essential services in regional Australia. The research, commissioned by the Australian Farm Institute and carried out by the National Institute of Industry and Economic Research (NIEIR), used census and other objective data to calculate the costs faced by all Australian residents in accessing essential services such as doctors, hospitals, schools, TAFE colleges and universities. These costs were then compared between metropolitan, urban and rural residents.

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