Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to support the growth and development of regional Australia. RDA is delivered through a national network of 55 committees who build partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to social, economic and environmental issues affecting regional Australia. The RDA National Charter sets out the areas of focus for the RDA network. The RDA National Roles and Responsibilities sets out the roles and responsibilities of the RDA network.
Each of the twelve Queensland RDA committees are comprised of local leaders with broad and diverse skills and experience. Committee members are individuals who understand the challenges, opportunities and priorities within their region. Appointments to committees are made by the Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, in conjunction with the Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies. These appointments are made through an open and public Expression of Interest process.
The Australian Government provides primary funding to support the operation of committees supplemented by a mix of funding and in-kind support from the Queensland Government.
A similar process of appointment, funding and support is in place for RDA committees in other states and territories.