There is a single RDA Committee which covers the whole of the Northern Territory (NT) including the Tiwi Islands and Groote Eylandt. It is funded by the Australian Government and the NT Government with further in-kind support provided. The Australian Government funding is administered by the Australian Government's Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and the NT Government funding is administered by the NT Government's Chief Minister's Department.
The RDA NT Committee undertakes a broad range of initiatives to support economic development including planning, feasibility studies and project implementation. The Committee has offices in Darwin and in Alice Springs, and its Committee members are drawn from across the territory.
RDA NT has a cooperative relationship with the NT Government and with the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory, ensuring integrated and aligned arrangements for regional engagement and economic development across the NT.
Under the RDA charter, the RDA NT Committee is responsible for:
- providing independent advice to all three levels of government on critical issues affecting the NT region
- collaborating with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage private and public sector investment to the NT region
- connecting regional businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors
- working closely with community leaders to identify priority activities that will drive regional economic development
- providing assistance to local communities to identify funding sources and develop project proposals to support economic growth
- promoting awareness of government programs in the RDA community
The RDA NT Committee also works closely with seven other RDA Committees across northern Australia—four in Queensland and three in Western Australia— as the Northern RDA Alliance. The Alliance aims to jointly identify common issues and priorities affecting the broader region, and initiatives and projects which could benefit the economic development of the north of Australia.