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What is RDA?

National Charter

Regional Development Australia, in consultation with the community, business, non-profit organisations and all levels of government, will articulate local priorities, identify and align resources, engage stakeholders and promote solutions. In doing this, Regional Development Australia will support the growth and development of regional communities across the country.

Regional Development Australia support, promote and disseminate information on government policy initiatives for the benefit of local communities. To this end, Regional Development Australia committees and Chairs will have a strong understanding of federal, state and local government policies and initiatives, and the ways in which local communities can engage with them. Regional Development Australia will take a leadership role in bringing together organisations to take advantage of government programs, policies and initiatives.

Regional Development Australia will be an effective conduit between governments and regional communities. It will enable all communities to provide input to governments about the strengths and weaknesses of regional Australia.

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5 Key Roles of the RDA

  1. Maintain and keep current a three to five-year regional plan that focuses on economic development of their regions taking into account Commonwealth, State, Territory and Local Government plans. 
  2. Committees will advise on those priority activities that will drive regional economic development and take advantage of comparative advantages, based on consultation and engagement with community leaders. 
  3. They will assist local community stakeholders to develop project proposals and will help shepherd them to appropriate public and/or private funding sources – including the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund.
  4. Committees will be charged with providing advice to the Government on critical issues affecting each region.
  5. They will also be a mechanism to increase awareness of Australian Government programmes in their communities.

Minister Responsible for Regional Development


Senator Fiona Nash

Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Regional Communications and Minister for Local Government and Territories

Find our location

Level 1, 516 Ruthven Street,
Toowoomba Qld 4350
PO Box 2519, Toowoomba BC Qld 4350