SEGRA is back on the 22–25 October 2018
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Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia
24–27 October 2017



Australia's most credible, independent voice on issues affecting regional Australia

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SEGRA, Australia's premier conference on regional issues, is about assisting regional, rural and remote Australia to source and identify the techniques, skills and issues they need to address to achieve successful economic growth and development. The SEGRA conference, established in 1997, provides a unique opportunity for all sections of the Australian community (rural and urban) to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

Objectives of SEGRA include regions:

  • Taking the initiative and control of their own economic development destinies;
  • Identifying their positions – economic, social and cultural – and maximising their worth in the new global economy;
  • Identifying and exploiting emerging issues and trends to maximise benefits;
  • Developing innovative strategies and implementation processes to ensure community support and relevant action to meet regional needs;
  • Identifying key decision makers, processes and points of access in government and the corporate sector;
  • Identifying the issues essential for regional sustainability;
  • Actioning strategies for real influence and impact;
  • Raising regional profiles; and
  • Setting the policy agenda and changing the choices and present options.

SEGRA Strategic Plan

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SEGRA Delegate Data


Comments from past delegates and supporters:

I believe that the SEGRA conference is ideal for anyone with an interest in regional economic development.
Regional Development Leader

I found plenty of value in the conference topics, presentations and networking. Finding out about what is happening at regional level across Australia was really important to me.

It is a great conference that has so many levels of people attending and mixing into a single melting pot for the betterment of Regional Australia.
SEGRA Delegate

It was a powerful and positive event where it was possible to integrate with keynote speakers.
State Government

I believe it is important that these conferences have a representation from across the NFP sector as it is often these organisations that are on the ground and doing the grass roots service delivery in regional communities.
Not Disclosed

It is the best Regional Development Conference in Australia...the hard part about the planning profession is getting them to think past the metropolitan areas, and I don't recall seeing any of the regionally based WA State Govt agency management/staff at the conference - that's my impression.
Business Director

This was my first SEGRA conference, I found it an excellent way to network with regional colleagues and great to have such a diversity of economic development people in one place. I thought the calibre of speakers was excellent.
Not Disclosed

I find that there is not a comparable Conference on the National circuit and the content and networking opportunities presented are highly relevant to my work, therefore if a colleague was working in a similar field I would recommend it to them.
Peak Body

The best SEGRA I have been to, but our corporate partnership ensured that we milked the opportunity in our home patch - which I think we achieved in spades! My decision to manage and produce the WA RDA Newsletter linked to the conference on top of the National Forum, followed by my keynote presentation on Collaboration on day 2 was deliberately targeted to send a message - Thank You.
SEGRA Delegate

SEGRA offers strong support for RDA. SEGRA visits the regions. SEGRA has a good format with diversity, excellent speakers and broad networking.
Regional Development Leader

The work of SEGRA in maintaining an ongoing, dynamic forum for considering issues critical to regional Australia is to be commended.
State Politician

Thank you for a wonderful conference, it was really great.
State Government, Queensland

Congratulations on a great conference – one of the best yet.
Chair, RDA

We had a great time and have had very positive feedback regarding the programs.
Bush Telegraph, ABC Radio National

Got me thinking beyond my own scope and that enthuses me. Ideas were translated directly. Networking. Economic Development brain in top gear.
Economic Development Officer

Congratulations on an excellent conference, hope to see you next year.
Managing Director

The Conference was exceptional and I found it very beneficial to my role as a Member of Parliament.
Member of Parliament

It was a great conference and I got so much out of it this year!!
Marketing Manager

I would like to thank you very much for organising a wonderful conference. I gained so much out of it and having been to other conferences this was by far the best as it was relevant to what is happening around us. It also gave me the chance to know that I am not alone in my quest to get things done for regional Australia.
Economic Development Officer