Inquiry into a new regional development funding program

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government is to conduct an inquiry into a new regional development funding program.

The inquiry is to report on the Australian National Audit Office’s Performance Audit of the Regional Partnerships Program and make recommendations on ways to invest funding in genuine regional economic development and community infrastructure with the aim of enhancing the sustainability and liveability of Australia’s regions.

The Committee’s report is to:

  • Provide advice on future funding of regional programs in order to invest in genuine and accountable community infrastructure projects;
  • Examine ways to minimize administrative costs and duplication for taxpayers;
  • Examine the former government’s practices and grants outlined in the Australian National Audit Office report on Regional Partnerships with the aim of providing advice on future funding of regional programs; and
  • Examine the former government’s practices and grants in the Regional Partnerships Program after the audit period of 2003-2006 with the aim of providing advice on future funding of regional programs.

Submissions will be received until 30 June 2008. To find out more, go to: www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/itrdlg/regionaldevelopment/index.htm

May. 23, 2008

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