Regional Development Australia (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.
Regional Development Australia will work with all sectors of the community, including women, young people, Indigenous Australians and people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
A key focus of Regional Development Australia will be on the economic, social and environmental issues affecting communities. Regional Development Australia will be an important contributor to and driver of:
- regional business growth plans and strategies, which will help support economic development, the creation of new jobs, skills development and business investment
- environmental solutions, which will support ongoing sustainability and the management of climate change (including the impact of drought, flood or bushfires), and
- social inclusion strategies, which will bring together and support all members of the community.
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 will 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.
Each RDA committee has developed a Regional Plan which outlines priorities for the region and guides them in strengthening their communities.