This review would examine the arrangements to support development of Regional Australia Impact Statements (RAIS) as part of the Cabinet submission process. This review would provide assurance that Government is receiving complete and accurate assessments of the effects of policy proposals on regional Australia.

Australian Government policy proposals that have the potential to impact regional Australia, either positively or negatively, must include a RAIS. The intent of the RAIS is to ensure regional impacts are made visible to ministers as part of the decision-making process. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is responsible for supporting entities to analyse the regional impacts of their policy proposals and to develop these statements.