RDA is a national network of 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.

RDA Committees are incorporated, not-for-profit community-based organisations (with the exception of the Victorian-based RDA Committees, which are not incorporated). RDA Committee members are volunteers drawn from the region and who bring leadership, skills and experience from the community, business, local government and not-for-profit organisations. Each RDA Committee has a broad and diverse skills base, with demonstrated networks and alliances.



Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage private and public sector investment to the regions.


Connect regional businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors.


Promote and disseminate information on Australian Government policies and grant programmes to state and local governments and industry, business and community sectors.


Support community stakeholders to develop project proposals to access funding.


Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the local government bodies in their regions.


Facilitate public and private sector decentralisation.


Assist in the delivery of Australian Government programmes, where relevant and where requested by the Minister.


Engage with regional entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders to explore new opportunities to grow local jobs in their regions.


Provide information on their region’s activities and competitive advantages to federal, state and local governments and industry, business and community sectors.


Produce evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on critical regional development issues that are both positively and negatively affecting their regions.