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Frequently Asked Questions
Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia's regions. It is a network of 55 committees across Australia that provides a strategic framework for economic development in each region.
- develop regional plans which describe the region, its attributes, industry and employment base and key advantages, and set out the economic, environmental and social vision for the region, articulate the drivers of change, identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, and list priorities for action
- provide advice on funding opportunities available to regional communities from the Australian, state and territory governments
- contribute to planning processes with other regional stakeholders, including local government
- conduct workshops to build the skills that businesses and community organisations need such as succession planning for small organisations, developing governance skills, writing successful grant submissions and contract management
- research particular issues or areas, identifying issues and driving change
- develop and implement solutions that address the region's needs
- hold regional forums on key issues affecting their regions, and
- help the region to attract new industry and investment.
Community members are encouraged to work with their local RDA on issues such as creating jobs and training opportunities, supporting social inclusion, helping the local environment, marketing the region, planning for population change or upgrading infrastructure.
If you believe you have the capabilities, experience and expertise to contribute to the development of regional Australia then you are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest to become an RDA committee member. Visit our Join your RDA page to find out more.
Representatives from the Australian, state and territory governments may attend committee meetings as observers. State and territory government employees are eligible to apply for positions on RDA committees but, if successful, would be appointed in a personal capacity.
Alignment of the Australian Government and state and territory governments' regional development activities varies in each jurisdiction. The Australian Government and each state and territory government have entered into Memorandums of Understanding to more closely align such activities.
In New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory joint RDA committees have been established. In Western Australia and Northern Territory, the Australian Government has created RDA committees that work in parallel and cooperatively with each state or territory governments' regional development organisation. In Tasmania, the Australian Government formed a single RDA committee which works closely with the Tasmanian Government Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts.