Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 55 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 for RDA Committees outlines this role.
This Australian Government initiative brings together all levels of government to support the development of regional Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government and by state, territory and local governments in some jurisdictions. It is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
RDA committee members are local people developing local solutions to local issues. They build partnerships to develop strategies and deliver sustainable infrastructure and services to their regions.
They also work with each other to identify issues that cross regions.
As the regional development voice of their communities, RDA committees:
- consult and engage with communities
- promote and participate in regional programs and initiatives
- provide information and advice on their region to all levels of government, and
- support informed regional planning.
Each RDA committee has developed a Regional Plan which outlines priorities for the region and guides them in strengthening their communities.