RDA Committees in Queensland are funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Cities.
In Queensland there are 12 RDA Committees covering all areas of the State including the Torres Strait Islands and metropolitan Brisbane.
The Queensland RDA Committees work to drive regional economic development and unlock the economic potential of their regions. They are comprised of local leaders with broad and diverse skills and experience, as well as demonstrated networks within their region. Committee members are individuals who understand the challenges, opportunities and priorities within their local community.
In Queensland, RDA Committees:
- provide independent advice to government on critical issues affecting their region,
- collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage private and public sector investment to the regions,
- connect regional businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors,
- work closely with community leaders to identify priority activities that will drive regional economic development,
- provide assistance to local communities to identify funding sources and develop project proposals to support economic growth, and
- promote awareness of government programs in the RDA community.
Also various groups of Queensland RDA Committees work collaboratively to identify common issues and priorities affecting broader regions of the State and Commonwealth such as Northern Australia, Northern Queensland and South East Queensland.