For members

Regional data

RDA Committees have access to a robust evidence base and analysis of key regional characteristics, including access to a variety of data sources.

Committees provide this information to their stakeholders, potential investors and policy-makers to support a better understanding of each region’s unique strengths, challenges, needs and strategic priorities. 

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) has compiled a number of key economic and social indicators, including employment, education and population characteristics. This data is available at a RDA, national, state and local government level and can be accessed below.

These indicators are compiled from publications from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other providers of official statistics. RDAs should also review the accompanied explanatory notes prior to downloading the data. Regular updates to these data sets will be provided as new data sources become available.

These data sets are not the only source of data for an evidence base, and RDAs are encouraged to continue to source a variety of additional information.

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (whole portfolio) statement

Regional Data Hub

The Regional Data Hub connects Australians to data and insights about their community in a single, organised and searchable location. 

First Languages Australia

Information and data sources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. 

This includes interactive resources such as the Gambay: Australian First Languages Map. Also includes educational tools and resources for communities working on building language strength.

Regional Australia Institute

Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics

Australian Bureau of Statistics

  • Statistics
  • Australia: Region Data Sets 
    • Population and People
    • Economy and Industry
    • Income
    • Education and Employment
    • Health and Disability
    • Family and Community
    • Land and Environment  

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

State of Australia’s Regions Report

The 2024 State of Australia’s Regions report builds the regional evidence base – supporting the Government’s commitment to targeted, effective and efficient regional investment that works better for people and for regions.

BCARR’s Progress in Australian Regions and Cities Dashboard

An interactive dashboard has been updated with the latest data on growth in our regions and cities.