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About the Regional Development Australia (RDA) network

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support and broker economic development opportunities for their regions.

RDA Committees have an active and facilitative role in their regions and a clear focus on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize on economic opportunity and attract investment. The charter PDF: 455 KB ReadSpeaker for RDA Committees outlines this role.

RDA Committee appointments

Chair of the Committee

This is a volunteer position responsible for leading the Committee. The Chair has overall responsibility for setting strategic direction and ensuring that objectives and outcomes are achieved. They will have a hands on role and be active in facilitating economic development opportunities for the region. The Chair also has overall responsibility for ensuring the Committee is well governed. The Minister for Regional Development, in consultation with state, territory and local government counterparts where appropriate, appoints Chairs.

Deputy Chair and Committee members

These are volunteer positions which provide input into strategic direction setting, contribute to reviewing progress in achieving objectives and outcomes and oversee the effectiveness of governance processes within the Committee. Like the Chair, they also have a hands on, active role in facilitating economic development opportunities for the region. The Deputy Chair is selected from the pool of applicants to be Committee Members. The Chair appoints the Deputy Chair and Members after agreement is provided from the Minister for Regional Development and state, territory and local government counterparts where appropriate.

Applicants for Chair, Deputy Chair and Committee Member positions will generally be regional leaders with vision, drive and business experience who are able to facilitate economic development opportunities and investment for their regional communities and create jobs and growth.

RDA Chairs, Deputy Chairs and Committee Members are expected to have high standards of conduct and ethics in applying the principles and practices of corporate governance. Appointees to Committees will be required to comply with the requirements of the Funding Agreement with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (the Department) and the RDA Better Practice Guide, which includes the RDA Code of Conduct and Ethics. Failure to do so may result in removal from the Committee.

Directors of Regional Development

As part of its response to Mr Smith’s 2016 review of the RDA program, the Australian Government has established new Directors of Regional Development positions within each RDA Committee. This person will have a direct focus on assisting the Committee to deliver the objectives and outcomes defined in the charter. The description of the Director of Regional Development position PDF: 255 KB ReadSpeaker is now available.

RDA Committees may choose to engage an officer to fill a dual role of Director of Regional Development and Executive Officer, or individual officers to fill each role. Committees may wish to consult the document outlining the differences between each role PDF: 241 KB ReadSpeaker to assist them in their considerations.

RDA Committee positions currently available

RDA Committee Chairs—closed

Applications for RDA Chair positions closed on 3 November 2017 and are now being processed. The Department will advise of the application outcomes in due course.

Should you have any questions, you can contact the RDA team via phone 1800 505 938 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEDT) or email

Any RDA Committee Chair positions that become available in the future will be advertised here as well as via relevant online and media platforms.

RDA Committee Deputy Chairs and Members

Positions currently open for applications. Please refer to your local RDA Committee for closing dates of applications and note the application process detailed below for further information on how to apply.

Application process

Persons interested in applying for available positions (as detailed above) should refer to the Applicant Information Pack which contains all of the information needed to make an informed decision about applying for a position with an RDA Committee.

Applicant Information Pack – RDA Committee Chairs

Chair applications are now closed. If you are interested in applying for a position on an RDA committee, refer to Applicant Information Pack – RDA Committee Deputy Chairs and Members below.

If you have any queries, please call the RDA Helpline on 1800 505 938 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm AEDT).

Applicant Information Pack – RDA Committee Deputy Chairs and Members

This Applicant Information Pack will be available on the individual RDA Committee's website and will contain the following documents:

  • Role description, accountabilities and responsibilities and selection criteria
  • Selection process description including application lodgement instructions
  • Application form, which includes required consent and declaration forms

Applicants should follow the instructions provided on the relevant RDA Committee website to submit their completed application form and curriculum vitae by email to the nominated RDA Committee contact officer. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

If you have any queries, please call the RDA in your region.

Information about your local RDA Committee

Further information is available about your local RDA Committee.

  • Find out the name of the RDA Committee in your area by reviewing the available maps and going to the RDA Committee's webpage.
  • Contact your local RDA Committee and find out how they support the economic development of their region.

Privacy notice

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (the Department) collects information on the RDA Chair application form for the purposes of processing applications to join an RDA Committee. Individual RDA Committees collect information on the RDA Deputy Chair and Committee Member application form for the same purpose.

The Department and individual RDA Committees are likely to disclose personal information to relevant Ministers, state and/or territory departments and, in some cases, relevant local government associations and RDA Committee Chairs for the purpose of considering applications to an RDA Committee. The Department and RDA Committees do not routinely disclose personal information to overseas recipients. If you do not provide the information requested, your application may not be able to proceed.

The Department's on-line privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.

Individual RDA Committees should have a privacy plan for handling Personal Information.