Thinking Regional and Rural is designed to assist you to identify, monitor and assess the potential impacts of policy and legislative proposals upon regional and rural Victoria. It comprises five high-level considerations: Economy, Accessibility, Social and Community, Environment and Equity.

Information to assist you assess your proposal against each consideration is available by following the tabs above.

What does this mean?

Under this consideration, equity refers to the fairness towards all people, regardless of where they live.

Why is this important?

Concerns about equity arise when policy or legislation restricts actions or makes compliance more difficult for certain groups. For example, in food handling or in the delivery of social and community services, new policy can create inequity by:

  • imposing new requirements that are difficult for regional communities to comply with;
  • delivering reduced or fragmented services to smaller, remote communities, taking into consideration the principle of reasonable adjustment;
  • imposing higher costs;
  • restricting the ability of people in regional communities to participate in, or benefit from, business and community organisations.

Conversely, policies and regulations can reduce inequity in regional communities, especially if they are designed to enable or support the communities. 

Some aspects of equity are also covered by the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, particularly the sections on participation in public life and cultural expression.

Questions to consider

  • Will the policy or proposal be consistent with the objective of ensuring that all people, no matter where they live, should have reasonable opportunities for prosperity, employment and quality of life?