Who we are

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of committees across Australia, including the Indian Ocean Territories and Norfolk Island, made up of local leaders who work with all levels of 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 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, Communications and the Arts.

What we do

RDA Committee members are comprised of passionate and dedicated local leaders who possess a broad range of experience, including from local government, business, and the community and the not-for-profit sectors.

They work with each other to identify issues that cross regions and the value of the Network has been highlighted during the bushfires and COVID-19, where RDAs have been providing critical intelligence back to the Australian Government on impacts to their region’s businesses and communities. This local information continues to inform policymaking.

A refreshed Charter PDF: 33 KB will emphasise greater strategic alignment across all levels of government and regional planning that identifies and advocates important long-term investment priorities.

Our 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. This is reflected in the role of capital city RDAs, who will work with regional RDAs to identify decentralisation opportunities, and develop improved economic, employment and trade networks between capital cities and the regions.

Regional Australia and RDAs will play an important role in revitalising Australia’s economy as we emerge from the COVID-19. Their new funding agreement and refreshed Charter will provide a strong basis for this work. 

For more information about recent changes to the RDA Program, including Frequently Asked Questions, see: RDA Future Arrangements