The pandemic has driven Australian workers and their employers to embrace the option of working remotely. And that has opened people's eyes to the possibilities of living in regional Australia.
Rural patients' self-reliance means they often wait until it's too late to visit hospital, while the closing of state borders has restricted the movement of some fly-in fly-out health workers.
Australia lacks a coherent national approach to planning where settlement and growth happens. It's time to take stock of our cities and regions and work together to improve outcomes across the nation.
All universities face job losses. But the impacts of these job losses are greatest for regional communities.
According to the Australian Newsroom Mapping Project, there have been 200 contractions of news operations since March. But 'news deserts' were a growing problem long before coronavirus.
Small newspapers across Australia are closing or going digital-only in the economic fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic. This is what we need to do to save them.
Migrants who've settled in regional Australia find jobs, get on with the locals and feel safe. So the government wants to know how to encourage more migrants to move there.
A greater focus on the well-established migrant populations and second-generation youth is crucial when planning for the social and economic well-being of rural and regional areas.
Being sold off is the best news the staff and readers of the Newcastle Herald have had for a long time.
In the early 20th century, voters in rural Australia began to organise politically for the first time – and proved crucial to the ousting of the reformist Labor government in 1913.
Population growth has pros and cons, and the Morrison government's plan is less about a change in immigration numbers than about increasing the benefits and minimising the costs.
Capital city populations are growing twice as fast as the rest of Australia, because of the employment and business opportunities and lifestyle on offer to both new migrants and long-term residents.
Encouraging migrants to move to regional areas could be a win-win' scenario, as long as policymakers pay attention to five key factors.
Rural and regional Australia is a big and diverse place, but some broad common issues do emerge as policy priorities.
Research shows there are now more ministers responsible for regional issues across Australian governments than ever before.
After waiting eight months for the government response to a major report on regional Australia, the outcome has been underwhelming, sticking to the same old ideas.
The industrial patterns of mining shaped many Australian towns, which found varied uses for disused mine sites. The mining boom ensures the challenges these sites present will be with us a long time.
Grey nomads travel Australia because they have the desire and the means to do so. Could future generations end up following in their footsteps because they can no longer work and stay in one place?
The Canadian immigration model shows that giving states and territories a say in immigration policy can help take the pressure off major urban areas.
Efforts by governments to redirect population growth to regional Australia have never worked. Even if such policies could be made to work, they probably wouldn't be worth the costs.