Regional Development Australia

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Who We Are

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 52 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions.

This Australian Government initiative brings together all levels of government to support the development of regional Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government and by state, territory and local governments in some jurisdictions. It is administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Our Charter

RDA Committees have an active and facilitative role in their communities with a clear focus on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize economic opportunities and attract investment.

Collaborating with other RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector, RDA Committees will:

  1. Facilitate regional economic development outcomes, investment, local procurement and jobs.
  2. Promote greater regional awareness of and engagement with Australian Government policies, grant programs and research.
  3. Improve Commonwealth regional policy making by providing intelligence and evidence based advice to the Australian Government on regional development issues.
  4. Co-ordinate the development of a strategic regional plan, or work with suitable existing regional plans that will align with the Commonwealth’s regional priorities.

Capital City RDA’s

The role of Capital City RDA Committees has also been refocussed with the mandate to:

  • Support economic development of regions by advocating for pro-regional policy, planning and decentralisation opportunities, influencing state capitals and city based businesses on regional issues
  • Implementation of strategic plans to help align effort across government to identify key regional priorities and catalytic projects to support economic growth of regions

Assistant Minister for Regional Development

28 October 2020

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