The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has unveiled its Small Towns Report Card.
The Report Card ranks how we have fared as a nation in providing access to 10 essential professionals for residents living in small towns across Australia.
RAI CEO Jack Archer says while some professions have made progress over the last 30 years, today’s report card questions government spending to improve education and health outcomes in regional areas.
The report card was far from flattering in some areas with access to psychologists, preschool teachers and dentists scoring an “F”.
The RAI report also showed that inner regional towns, which are closer to cities, have seen an 85 per cent growth in professionals, while remote and very remote areas have only grown by 7 per cent.