Defining Remote and Rural
The way remoteness and ruralilty are defined and understood is important. Defined remoteness or rurality is used to assess health and workforce needs, and the resources allocated to meet these needs, include staff and physical resourcing, and other funding.
Several different classification systems have been developed to define remoteness and rurality in Australia. These tend to define in terms of the size of a community, distance from population centres, and access to services. The three systems most commonly used include:
In 2009, the Australian Government made the decision to replace the RRMA system with that of the ASGC for administering programs targeting rurala and remote regions.
Click here for information about the ASGC-RA .
Defining Remote & Rural & You
Take the time to find out where your community lies within these classifications and the implications this has in terms of access to resources and the ways services are delivered. To find the classification for your community search here.
Below are links to some resources that will help to develop your understanding of the ways remoteness and ruralilty are defined and the diversity within these categories.