A new regional competitiveness index has been launched, collating detailed information on the strengths and weaknesses of many local governments and regional shires.

The report, called [In]Sight, ranks regions against more than 50 indicators in 10 themes, which have been specifically tailored to reflect the fundamentals of competitiveness and sustainable growth in Australia. Indicators include infrastructure and essential services, market size, natural resources, innovation and labour market efficiency.

[In]Sight seeks to provide accurate, relevant and comparable data between many of the country’s smaller governments. It was compiled by the Regional Australia Institute, an independent policy think tank established with support from the Australian Government, and modelled on the World Economic Forum's renowned Global Competitiveness Report.

The results and data for the index is available for use on the Regional Australia Institute website.