About RDA

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 52 Committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions. RDA supports projects and policies that strengthen human capital, improve productivity, invest in infrastructure, increase access to markets, build our regional comparative advantage and business competitiveness, increase economic activity and create new jobs and social prosperity.

RDA Tropical North

Our Committee  has an active and facilitative role in the community and a clear focus on growing a strong and confident regional economy that harnesses its competitive advantages, seizes on economic opportunity and attracts investment. Together we:

  • Identify, assess and implement infrastructure projects of vital regional significance in our region
  • Generate innovation through new business in renewables and waste; and
  • Promote our region.

Our Charter

Working in close partnership with fellow RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector to support the economic development of our regions, we:

  • 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 programs 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 programs, 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 all levels of government, industry, business and community sectors; and
  • Provide evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on critical regional development issues positively and negatively affecting their regions.