In Victoria there are six RDA Committees covering all areas of the state, including an RDA Committee for Melbourne which covers the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. RDA Committees in Victoria are funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments and are administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts and the Victorian Government's Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions.
RDA Committees in Victoria are unincorporated advisory committees supported by professional staff employed by the Victorian Government. RDA Committees work in partnership with Regional Development Victoria, the Victorian Government's Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions and the Regional Partnerships consultation process. This ensures integrated and aligned arrangements for regional engagement and economic development in the state and regional communities.
Under the RDA charter, Victorian RDA Committees are responsible for:
- providing independent advice to all three levels of government on critical issues affecting their regions
- collaborating with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage private and public sector investment to their regions
- connecting regional businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors
- working closely with community leaders to identify funding sources and develop project proposals to support economic growth
- providing assistance to local communities to develop project proposals to support economic growth
- promoting awareness of government programs in the RDA community
Further information on the role of RDA Committees in Victoria can be found at the Regional Development Victoria website.