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Requesting a boundary change

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RDA committees considering changing their boundary should refer to the Principles Underpinning Regional Development Australia (RDA) Boundary Changes.

If, after careful consideration, an RDA committee wishes to request changes to its boundary, please complete the RDA Boundary Change Request Form and return to the relevant minister as outlined below.

Key principles to note are:

  • request for boundary changes should be made by at least one of the RDA committees impacted by the change
  • request for boundary changes should be made between 15 January and 15 February of each calendar year
  • requests for changes to intra-state boundaries should be directed to the relevant State or Territory Minister
  • requests for changes to inter-state boundaries should be directed to the relevant Commonwealth Minister
  • requests must include
    • written support from all RDA committees impacted by the proposed changes
    • views of local government organisation impacted by the proposed changes (excluding the ACT), and
    • views of lead State or Territory agencies responsible for regional development.
  • requests preferably should also include:
    • written support from other relevant organisations, and
    • evidence of broad consultation.

Principles Underpinning RDA Boundary Changes

These principles were jointly agreed to in September 2011 by the Australian Government and State and Territory ministers responsible for regional development.

  1. Proposals to change boundaries will only be considered by governments at an agreed time once per year. Submission of proposals for boundary change will be lodged from 15 January to 15 February of each calendar year. A government response will be provided by 30 May of the same year. An agreed application form will be placed on the RDA website DOC: 96 KB PDF: 342 KB.
  2. Requests to change boundaries will be made by at least one of the impacted RDA committees, and should include written support from all RDA committees impacted by the proposed changes. Proposals should also include the views of local government organisations (excluding the ACT) and lead State agencies responsible for delivery of regional development affected by the proposed changes. Written support from other organisations, for example, local Chambers of Commerce and evidence of broad consultation would strengthen the RDA committee's request.
  3. Consideration of requests for boundary changes will be on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Decisions to alter boundaries will be jointly agreed by the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and the respective State or Territory Minister responsible for regional development. The agreement will be sought from the President of Local Government Associations (LGA) in South Australia or Tasmania where relevant, who are co-signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding establishing RDA in those states. If agreement is not reached by Ministers and, where relevant, the LGA President, the boundaries will not be changed.
  5. RDA boundaries are fixed within state jurisdictions. As far as possible, RDA boundaries will reflect local government or state administrative boundaries. Requests for changes to intra-state boundaries should be directed to the relevant State or Territory Minister.

    Requests for changes to inter-state boundaries should be directed to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and will need to be agreed by the relevant State or Territory Ministers.
  6. Funding to support the assumption of new boundary responsibilities will be negotiated and agreed between RDA committees, the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government (and, where relevant, the State or Territory Department) within existing funding allocation of the RDA committees concerned.