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  • Policy brief: place-based policy

    Policy brief: place-based policy

    Place-based concepts for developing policy and investing in places are being implemented or proposed across a range of sectors. However, very few of these initiatives (if any) are taking place in the remote Outback communities of Australia. Place-based approaches are particularly important to Outback Australia because the social, economic, cultural, and environmental conditions faced by […]

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  • Policy brief: the environment

    Policy brief: the environment

    Maintaining the exceptional environment of the Outback is intertwined with maintaining socially and economically healthy Outback communities. Many of its nongovernment economic sectors – tourism, pastoralism, carbon farming and fisheries – depend on a healthy and attractive environment. In turn, maintenance of the Outback’s superlative landscapes requires active land management to control wildfires and eradicate […]

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  • Policy brief: land-based livelihoods

    Policy brief: land-based livelihoods

    Land-based livelihoods in the Outback include pastoralism, tourism and mining, including Indigenous enterprises, as well as supporting activities such as natural resource management services, and also smaller land-based activities such as local horticulture, aquaculture, bush food production, etc.  Together they contribute significantly to the national economy, and manage an enormous area of Australia on behalf […]

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  • Policy brief: economies of scope

    Policy brief: economies of scope

    In well-populated areas, efficiencies are commonly gained through economies of scale. In Sydney, for example, the same waste collection trucks may be able to collect from twice as many customers by driving a kilometer further into the next suburb, thus making collections per house cheaper. This creates economies of scale. But to double the number […]

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  • Outback conversations: joining the dots

    Outback conversations: joining the dots

    The Outback Alliance members and key stakeholders from diverse sectors discuss issues and challenges that have been identified following the first outbreak of COVID-19: How has Covid-19 hit the Outback? What happens now? What are the differences in service delivery between urban Australia and Outback Australia? What policy change is necessary to ensure Outback communities […]

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  • Outback conversations: where to now?

    Outback conversations: where to now?

    The Outback Alliance members and key stakeholders from diverse sectors discuss issues and challenges that have been identified following the first outbreak of COVID-19: How has Covid-19 hit the Outback? What happens now? What are the differences in service delivery between urban Australia and Outback Australia? What policy change is necessary to ensure Outback communities […]

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  • Outback conversations: economic recovery

    Outback conversations: economic recovery

    The Outback Alliance members and key stakeholders from diverse sectors discuss issues and challenges that have been identified following the first outbreak of COVID-19: How has Covid-19 hit the Outback? What happens now? What are the differences in service delivery between urban Australia and Outback Australia? What policy change is necessary to ensure Outback communities […]

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  • Outback conversations: education

    Outback conversations: education

    The Outback Alliance members and key stakeholders from diverse sectors discuss issues and challenges that have been identified following the first outbreak of COVID-19: How has Covid-19 hit the Outback? What happens now? What are the differences in service delivery between urban Australia and Outback Australia? What policy change is necessary to ensure Outback communities […]

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  • Outback conversations: conservation

    Outback conversations: conservation

    The Outback Alliance members and key stakeholders from diverse sectors discuss issues and challenges that have been identified following the first outbreak of COVID-19: How has Covid-19 hit the Outback? What happens now? What are the differences in service delivery between urban Australia and Outback Australia? What policy change is necessary to ensure Outback communities […]

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  • Outback conservations: housing

    Outback conservations: housing

    The Outback Alliance members and key stakeholders from diverse sectors discuss issues and challenges that have been identified following the first outbreak of COVID-19: How has Covid-19 hit the Outback? What happens now? What are the differences in service delivery between urban Australia and Outback Australia? What policy change is necessary to ensure Outback communities […]

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