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Regional Development Australia


  • 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.