Who we are

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of committees across Australia, including the Indian Ocean Territories and Norfolk Island. The network is made up of local leaders who work across government, business and community groups to support economic and workforce development, local procurement, strategic regional planning and inform government programs and infrastructure investments.

This Australian Government initiative brings together all levels of government to support the development of Australia’s regions. The RDA program 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, Communications and the Arts.

What we do

Australia’s regions are diverse, although they also face many similar challenges. The RDA network shares information and collaborates to develop innovations and solutions that can be adapted across the country to help grow regional economies.

RDA committee members are passionate and dedicated local leaders who act as an effective conduit across government, industry and with the community to support the development of their regions. They bring to the network a broad range of experience, including from local government, the private sector, and the community and not-for-profit sectors.

The RDA network is a vital link between regional stakeholders and government. They are real-time advisers to government on critical regional development issues, opportunities and challenges in their regions. RDAs are an on-the-ground network that provides regional intelligence to inform policy and the implementation of regional programs, information campaigns and grant funding opportunities.

The RDA Charter outlines the ways in which RDA committees work with stakeholders. The Charter also defines the role of capital city RDAs which work with regional RDAs to identify and develop opportunities to improve economic, employment and trade networks between capital cities and the regions.

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