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Mackay, Queensland, 22–25 October 2018 2018

The SEGRA Story

The 1990’s was a period of significant macro and micro economic policy reform. There was a gradual move away from centralised wage -fixing arrangements to more decentralise enterprise-based focus. This transition had implications for real wages and unemployment and to a degree drove the case for further deregulation of the labour market. These had significant public policy impacts and implications for regional Australia which weren’t always anticipated and sufficiently compensated or adjusted for in advance. A clear example of this was the superannuation policy which drew 10% of cash out of the regional economy into centralised businesses where investment tended to be outside of regional Australia.

In the microeconomic reform program, regional Australia likewise felt inadequate attention was given to the impact on their future social economic wellbeing.

It was in this climate that SEGRA was formed, meeting in Geelong, Victoria in 1997 as a community of practitioners, government, business, researchers, regional development organisations, not-for-profit groups and regional communities. SEGRA was envisioned to provide a forum for people passionate about the future of regional Australia and a place where new ideas could be formed and shared and in particular:

SEGRA has continued to be a voice for regional Australia on a range of government policy and program reforms based on the principles:

Goals of SEGRA

SEGRA acts to provide end to end value to regional Australia using a systems approach to:

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