Progress in Australian Regions – Yearbook 2015

A statistical resource for regional Australia

What is the Yearbook?


The Progress in Australian Regions—Yearbook provides a statistical resource that can help all Australian's to understand how their region is progressing against economic, social, environmental and governance indicators. The Yearbook brings together information about Australia's regions from a range of different sources and presents that data in a consistent format over time.

This second edition of the Yearbook builds on the information that was provided in 2015 by updating data sources wherever possible and improving the method used to construct estimates for a number of indicators.

The 2015 Yearbook also includes an expanded set of geographies. Within the Yearbook publication, the list of sub-state regions has been expanded to provide a finer level of detail in outback Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the report reveals trends and patterns in regional areas that are sometimes hidden when reviewing national trends alone.

“Regional progress, population growth, economic expansion and the increasing demand for transport continue to be among the most important issues driving public policy development,” Mr Truss said.

“Governments, private organisations and the community will be able to use the information in this publication to identify trends that can inform policy development and investment.”


Where can I find the Yearbook?


The Progress in Australian Regions – Yearbook 2015 can be accessed online from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s website

Data files are provided to give even greater geographic detail, presenting data by Local Government Area (LGA) and by Regional Development Australia Committee (RDA) boundaries wherever possible.