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Introduction

The availability and quality of transport infrastructure and services impact on every part of our society and wellbeing.

Good transport systems provide a platform for improving productivity and driving social and economic growth for all Australians.

The remote and regional area of Australia covers 85 percent of the Australian land mass, however has only 15 percent of the Australian population. But significantly, this area is responsible for 40 percent of Australia's GDP due to its considerable resource and primary industry sectors.

Remote and regional areas face specific transport challenges which do not apply to the highly populated eastern seaboard of Australia – all influenced by vast distances, a small population, climatic extremes, and demanding geography.

It is for this reason that a one size fits all approach to transport regulation and infrastructure and service delivery just doesn't work for the remote and regional areas of Australia.

Work on developing a National Remote and Regional Transport Strategy is underway with the aim of having a draft strategy available for public consultations in mid-2015.

The aim of the strategy is to provide some practical solutions to the issues and challenges faced by transport system providers and users so that this important area of Australia can continue to grow and contribute to Australia's wellbeing.

Remote and regional areas face specific transport challenges which do not apply to the highly populated eastern seaboard of Australia – all influenced by vast distances, a small population, climatic extremes, and demanding geography.

It is for this reason that a one size fits all approach to transport regulation and infrastructure and service delivery just doesn't work for the remote and regional areas of Australia.

On 22 May 2014, the Northern Territory hosted a National Remote and Regional Transport Infrastructure and Services Forum in Alice Springs.

In September 2014, stakeholders were provided a further opportunity to add to the forum outcomes and offer additional solutions to remote and regional transport issues.

The feedback from these public consultations will be integral to informing the final strategy.

Any enquiries about the Strategy can be made to: policy.transport@nt.gov.au

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Last updated: 28 November 2017