Rural Proofing Implications Checklist

Implications Checklist

Use this Implications Checklist to help determine if your policy will have any particular implications for the rural community.

Connection Infrastructure

Many rural people do not have cell phone coverage, a reliable internet connection or access to public transport.

  • Will your policy affect the availability, quality or cost of accessing infrastructure in rural areas?
  • Will the infrastructure be more difficult or expensive to provide in rural areas?
  • Is your engagement with rural stakeholders affected by their ability to receive information, participate in consultation and provide feedback?
  • Does your communication plan ensure you are reaching your target audience?

Access to Services

Some rural people live over an hour by road from the nearest police station, fire service, medical centre, secondary school, hospital and/or service town.

  • Will your policy affect the availability, quality or cost of accessing services in rural areas?
  • Are there significant travel distances or times involved in providing or accessing the service in rural areas?
  • Will the delivery of services be more expensive or more difficult to achieve in rural areas?
  • Are there any particular implications for the safety and security of rural people or businesses given their isolation from emergency services?

Ease and Cost of Compliance

A lack of competitive options in rural areas and isolation from services can increase the cost of complying with regulatory requirements.

  • Are there significant differences between the costs and benefits of compliance in rural areas compared to urban areas?
  • Will rural people or businesses find it more difficult or expensive to comply?
  • Are the same compliance standards appropriate for both rural and urban areas?

 

Last Updated: 17 September 2010

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