2018 National Forum

On Thursday 16-17th of August 2018, RDA delegates were welcomed to Canberra for the 2018 RDA National Forum. The theme of the Forum was ‘Collaborating and networking to grow regional economies’, and included sessions on the future trends of regions and how to leverage off this to grow regional economies.  The key sessions were: Regional Australia: 2030; Australian Government Investment; Facilitating Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Building a Stronger RDA Network.

Workshops were held prior to the Forum.  These had a focus on capacity building and collaborating on common themes of interest for RDAs.  The workshops focused on: Facilitating Trade and Investment; Population, Migration and Settlement Challenges; Evidence-based Policy Advice; and Building Effective Regional Partnerships.

One of the key highlights of the Forum was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Chairs of RDA Tasmania and RDA South West (WA) to signify the two RDA Committees establishing a collaborative working relationship designed to support economic growth in their regions.

There were around 170 attendees across the two days, with representation from RDA Chairs, Deputy Chairs, Executive Officers and Directors of Regional Development.  A number of staff from other Australian Government and state and territory agencies also attended.

Five booths representing Austrade, AusIndustry, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Inland Rail and the RDA Program Management Section provided information and advice to delegates.