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Regional Development Australia


  • More funding secured for Victoria's Shipwreck Coast

    21 December 2018

    The Shipwreck Coast is home to the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles which are Barwon South West’s greatest environmental and tourism assets.

  • Transforming towns as places to visit, invest, work and live

    14 December 2018

    Ms Linda Beilharz, Chair, RDA Loddon Mallee is pleased that the commercial development strategy and business case supported by the Committee has assisted the infrastructure project ‘Activating the Swan Hill Riverfront Precinct’ to receive almost $1.97mil through Round Two of the Commonwealth Government's Building Better Regions Fund and $1mil from the Victorian State Government through the Regional Partnerships Package. ‘It is great to see the potential economic and social benefits to Swan Hill recognised’, Linda said.

  • Cost of Doing Business in the Pilbara 2018 study

    14 December 2018

    ‘Regional Development Australia (RDA) Pilbara is pleased to launch the fourth edition of the Cost of Doing Business in the Pilbara 2018 report’, said Fiona White-Hartig, Chair, RDA Pilbara.  ‘The organisation has distributed 100 printed copies and over 150 electronic downloads have been accessed since the release,’ she said.

  • GovHack supporting innovative solution to regional challenges

    11 December 2018

    GovHack is an international competition for people of all abilities who seek to make life better through open data. The competition promotes hacking in a positive sense; civic hacking for a better world and a new way of finding solutions to simple and complex issues and challenges.

  • RDA Wide Bay Burnett working hard for the region—Maryborough's Projectile Forging Plant

    11 December 2018

    The Fraser Coast region is categorised as regionally disadvantaged according to the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, derived from the most recent Census.

  • Youth2Work Program

    07 December 2018

    RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island is a unique region which is not supported by a large industry. Most employment is in service industries, agriculture and tourism and are casual or part‐time and often seasonal in nature. As a result apprentice and trainee positions have been consistently difficult to realise. There is high youth unemployment across the region with a lack of full-time employment.

  • RDA Hume supports the expansion of regional Agritourism

    07 December 2018

    Agritourism, encompassing a wide variety of activities where agriculture and tourism intersect, is becoming an increasingly important sector of the Australian economy, providing direct and indirect benefits to Australian agribusinesses and regional economies.

  • Gastronomy and good food in Daylesford

    30 November 2018

    A standalone Institute of Gastronomy and Good Food in Daylesford, Victoria is one step closer to reality thanks to the completion of a business case co-funded by the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Grampians, the Victorian Government and the William Angliss Institute of TAFE and with support from the Hepburn Shire Council.

  • Jobs Connection Service

    30 November 2018

    Following the disastrous fire at Thomas Foods International (TFI) in January 2018, RDA Murraylands and Riverland jumped in to help 1,400 displaced workers find new jobs and stay in the region with their Job Connections Service (JCS).  As well as job matching, help was offered on writing resumes and applications, and up to $2,000 per worker was available to help them reskill for new careers.

  • International Broadband Submarine Cable Project on the Sunshine Coast

    27 November 2018

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast is partnering with Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Visit Sunshine Coast to support regional innovation and attract entrepreneurs to the Coast.

  • Accelerating tourism business in the Riverina

    27 November 2018

    Tourism operators in the Riverina Murray, looking for business growth solutions will soon have access to one-on-one mentoring through a specialised, 12-week business accelerator program.

  • Firing up the BBQ on National Agriculture Day in the Riverina

    23 November 2018

    Three local organisations, Regional Development of Australia (RDA) Riverina, AgriFutures Australia and the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, joined forces on National Agriculture Day to recognise the contribution of our farmers and the role of research in helping them ‘Grow for Good”.

  • Eyre Peninsula Aboriginal Rangers Program

    23 November 2018

    In October 2017, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) was contracted by the Australian Government Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to develop a scoping study for the implementation of an Aboriginal Rangers Program for Eyre Peninsula (Program).

  • RDA ACT: from Renewable Energy to 'the beyond'…

    20 November 2018

    Since 2014 RDA ACT has worked with ARENA, the NSW and ACT Governments and with key industry stakeholders to establish the SERREE Regional Renewable Energy Industry Cluster - now a significant network with dozens of members and over a thousand people receiving its sought-after market intelligence.

  • Ignite Mid North Coast Symposium 2018

    16 November 2018

    Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC) have hosted their second annual Ignite Mid North Coast (MNC) Symposium in Bellingen, NSW on 7 November 2018.

  • Migrants as Regional Job Creators

    13 November 2018

    The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) research has found that as well as filling jobs, migrants also create them by establishing their own businesses in regions.

  • Women Inspiring Better Business (WIBB)

    30 October 2018

    RDA Midwest Gascoyne took over the popular networking group, Women Inspiring Better Business (WIBB), when the Small Business Centre Mid-West closed its doors in 2015.

  • RDA Pilbara collaborating in Port Hedland

    30 October 2018

    RDA Pilbara in partnership with the Town of Port Hedland and WA Primary Health Alliance developed the Port Hedland Community Directory (the Directory). This Directory was launched in late March 2018.

  • MoU to promote cross border arrangements between southern NSW and Capital region

    30 October 2018

    On Monday 29th October, RDA Southern Inland and RDA ACT formalised their agreement to collaborate and to work together on relevant cross border plans and initiatives, including the opportunity to facilitate international export amongst local producers.

  • RDA Murraylands and Riverland Experts in Residence Program

    30 October 2018

    Local primary producers and food and beverage manufacturers have an opportunity for one-to-one appointments with industry experts under a program developed by Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR), in partnership with the South Australian Department of Industry and Skills.

  • Regional Development Australia Northern Territory—Pick yourself a sweet job—in the NT's Mango Industry

    30 October 2018

    The 2018 Sweetest Job NT (Mango Industry) project, is aimed at meeting the demand from growers for seasonal agriculture workers, and to raise awareness of and connect people to seasonal work opportunities in their local area.

  • AgriFutures Rural Woman's Award 2019

    26 October 2018

    Just days to go to apply for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award

  • Win-Win Negotiations: Food and Agribusiness Workshops

    23 October 2018

    On Tuesday, 16 October 2018, RDA Gold Coast, RDA Ipswich & West Moreton, RDA Logan & Redlands and Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) collaborated to hold a workshop titled ‘Win-Win Negotiations'.

  • New South Wales State Government Support for RDA Central Coast

    18 October 2018

    On Friday 12 October 2018, the New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Adam Crouch MP, Member for Terrigal joined RDA Central Coast at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus to announce $120,000 to support the work of RDA Central Coast.

  • South Australian RDA Committees support the Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program

    09 October 2018

    The Boosting the Local Care Workforce program (the Program) was announced in the Australian Government 2017-18 Budget and the program’s implementation is underway. 

  • Funding for RDA Hunter's Me Program

    04 October 2018

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter welcomes the recent announcement by Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon. Steven Ciobo MP of a further funding commitment for the ME program for 2018/19. This will enable RDA Hunter’s  partnership with the Department of Defence to help build a STEM-skilled defence industry workforce to continue.

  • Export Essentials Forum

    02 October 2018

    Thursday 29 November 2018 9.00am to 4.00pm HOTA- Home of the Arts- Panorama Suite 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217 $35 per person

  • Win-Win Negotiations Workshop

    28 September 2018

    RDA Gold Coast, RDA Ipswich and West Moreton and RDA Logan and Redlands are proud to partner with Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) to deliver a series of workshops designed to boost the competitiveness and innovation of businesses in the Food and Agribusiness sectors.

  • Macquarie House: A Case Study in developing project proposals and connecting entrepreneurs with growth programs

    28 September 2018

    In 2013 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tasmania took on a facilitation role in a project that saw the redevelopment of Macquarie House.  The project's vision was the transformation of a vacant 1830s 4-storey warehouse in the heart of Launceston, Tasmania, into a co-working space to support start-ups in the technology, digital and creative industries.

  • Economic Development Experts to converge in Parramatta

    25 September 2018

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney and Economic Development Australia (EDA) are hosting a full-day, interactive workshop on Friday, 28 September at Western Sydney University, Parramatta from 9.30am.

  • New Platform Connects Workers to Jobs

    17 September 2018

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Riverina has invested in a new employment platform to provide free access for potential job seekers and employers in the Riverina region.

  • Mobile Black Spot Program - Round 4

    14 September 2018

    The Australian Government is calling on mobile black spot nominations from local, territory and state governments as well as Federal Members of Parliament, to identify locations for the next round of the $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

  • Heywire

    12 September 2018

    A call is being made to young people aged 16-22 in regional Australia with great stories to tell, to enter the annual Heywire competition.

  • A New Life for Regions and Refugees

    07 August 2018

    Regional Development Australia Murray (RDA Murray) is working with the Australian Red Cross, Rural Australians for Refugees and other stakeholders to encourage refugees to move to regional Australia.

  • Getting ready for Inland Rail

    03 August 2018

    Regional Development Australia Orana (RDA Orana) is already primed for Inland Rail. John Walkom, chair of RDA Orana, has welcomed the strategic planning tool, Are you ready for Inland Rail?, which will be developed by Regional Australia Institute. It was commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities to assist regions in identifying potential areas of growth based on new opportunities.

  • Lithium: light and booming

    03 August 2018

    Lithium, found in compounds within hard rock deposits and salt brines, is the lightest known metal.

  • Apprentices and trainees

    03 August 2018

    Speaking on the recent release of the National Centre for Vocational Education's Australian Jobs 2018 report, Megan Dixon, Director of Regional Development at Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana, has pointed out that there is a “genuine generation gap” with regard to attitudes towards apprenticeships and traineeships.

  • Aboriginal Rangers on the Eyre Peninsula

    27 July 2018

    Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) has completed a scoping study for an Eyre Peninsula Aboriginal Rangers program. 

  • Far South Coast in Regional Employment Trial

    18 July 2018

    Regional Development Australia Far South Coast (RDA FSC) will be working to implement fresh ideas to create jobs, and to equip people to enter the workforce with the right skills and remain in it.

  • Important Steps for STEM

    18 July 2018

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter is doing its bit to tackle an issue crucial to Australia's future.

  • Small business digital solutions

    05 July 2018

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Brisbane is partnering with Business Station (WA) to deliver the Australian Small Business Advisory (ASBAS) Digital Solutions program across most of Queensland.

  • Connecting coastal communities

    05 July 2018

    Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) is celebrating a $4.6 million contribution from the NSW Government towards creating a permanent pathway connecting five of the Central Coast's most spectacular communities.  The pathway will help grow the physical capacity of tourism infrastructure and act as a catalyst for the continued development of a walking trail along the coastal fringe.

  • Social issues relating to land-based automated vehicles in Australia

    04 July 2018

    The Australian Government has welcomed the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources.  All recommendations have been supported or supported in principle.

  • SA Regional Development Conference

    25 June 2018

    Dylan Strong, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Yorke and Mid North Executive Officer, has stressed the importance of gatherings like the South Australian Regional Development Conference, held at Kadina's new Copper Coast Sports and Leisure facility on June 7.  The conference was attended by more than 140 delegates.

  • Inland Rail information

    21 June 2018

    Inland Rail is a significant Australian Government infrastructure investment. It will complete the spine of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Australia, providing supply chain benefits and substantial cost savings to freight-reliant businesses.

  • Promoting STEM

    18 June 2018

    RDA Sydney is sponsoring a visit by one of the world’s top science communicators, Amy Shira Teitel, to the Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory on Tuesday, July 17, as part of its push to support women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

  • Co-ops NSW Conference 2018

    13 June 2018

    The Co-ops NSW Conference 2018 opens on Friday, 22 June, at the University of Technology Sydney. Entry is via 87 MacArthur Street, Ultimo.

  • University of Newcastle and BAE Systems help Hunter students build their future

    06 June 2018

    Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter hosted the 2018 Build ME a Future Days in conjunction with the University of Newcastle's Science and Engineering Challenge, and BAE Systems.

  • RDA Brisbane is supporting TCI Oceania's clustering event

    25 May 2018

    RDA Brisbane is supporting TCI Oceania's clustering event on the Sunshine Coast at Marcoola, 5–8 June: "Why Clusters Matter—Growing Regional Trade & Investment through Clusters”. This is the first time such an event will take place in Queensland.

  • Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Round Two is now open for applications

    22 May 2018

    On Wednesday 2 May 2018, the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, announced the opening of Round Two of the Australian Government's $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

  • End of financial year funding available: women's leadership development

    04 May 2018

    Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders throughout regional and rural Australia.

  • Australia's 2018–19 Humanitarian Program

    03 May 2018

    Australia operates a dedicated Humanitarian Program that offers resettlement for refugees and others overseas who are in humanitarian need, and protection for people who arrive lawfully in Australia and engage Australia's protection obligations.

  • South Australian Regional Development Conference 2018

    30 April 2018

    The 2018 South Australian Regional Development Conference by the Regional Development Australia network in South Australia in partnership with Economic Development Australia will be held in Kadina from the 7–8 June 2018.

  • Submissions on the indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia close soon

    24 April 2018

    On 14 February 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry into the indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by the last day on sitting in June 2019.

  • $100,000 in Grants Available to Adopt Youth Ideas

    28 March 2018

    Applications are now open for the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants!

  • New solar pumping checklist to help irrigators get the best value from solar

    28 March 2018

    New South Wales Farmers Association (NSWFA), in conjunction with Riverina and Murray Regional Development Australia, has released a detailed checklist for anyone considering installing a grid-connected or diesel hybrid solar pumping system.

  • Opening of Inland Rail regional offices

    02 March 2018

    The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail is moving ahead, with the Australian Government announcing the opening of three regional offices in Dubbo, Toowoomba and Wodonga on Monday 5 March 2018.

  • Central Coast food innovation initiative

    01 March 2018

    The Central Coast Food Innovation Region Initiative was originally developed in 2016 by RDA Central Coast. Central Coast Industry Connect became a partner in 2017 to assist in the deployment of the strategy and its industry-focused projects.

  • Riverina profile provides snapshot of the region

    01 March 2018

    With a focus on facilitating the growth and prosperity of the region, RDA Riverina has produced a Regional Profile to help local government, industry, small business and community groups better understand the region in which they operate.

  • RDA Riverina hosts PNG dignitary

    21 February 2018

    RDA Riverina hosted The Hon Dr Willian Tongamp MP, Governor of Jiwaka, Papua New Guinea, during his trip to Wagga Wagga on Wednesday 14 February.

  • The Orana region: A place to call home

    21 February 2018

    Over the past decade, NSW's Orana region has become a hub for skilled migration, with local communities providing as many reasons to make the move as potential job opportunities.

  • RDA Murraylands and Riverland Jobs Connection Service for displaced Thomas Foods International workers

    20 February 2018

    A free Jobs Connection Service is being established to help displaced Thomas Foods International (TFI) workers find new job opportunities in the Murraylands and Riverland region of South Australia, following a devastating fire which engulfed the company's abattoir at Murray Bridge on 3 January 2018.

  • Entries are now open for the 2018 National Awards for Local Government

    02 February 2018

    The National Awards for Local Government is an annual celebration of Australian local government achievements. The Awards highlight innovative and resourceful solutions that local governments have implemented to make a difference within their communities. The Awards are administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities with support from sponsoring Australian Government departments, Woodside Energy Ltd. and LG Professionals Australia.

  • Smart Cities and Suburbs Program—Round One projects

    30 January 2018

    The Australian Government's $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is supporting the delivery of innovative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia.

  • Urban agriculture events in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney

    19 January 2018

    A number of talks, workshops and forums on urban agriculture will take place in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in February promoting the benefits of urban agriculture and providing knowledge and expertise in establishing urban agricultural projects in urban and peri-urban environments.