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State Government of Victoria

RDA Review and Committee Appointments

On 8 October the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference in Alice Springs. The Deputy Prime Minister made a number of significant statements regard his review of the RDA programme, his discussions with state and territory counterparts, and directions for the RDA programme moving forward. 

The Deputy Prime Minister confirmed that the Australian Government would retain the existing network of 55 RDA Committees and that it would be expected to strongly focus on regional economic development. RDA Committees will continue to be funded to:

  • maintain and keep current a three to five-year regional plan that focuses on economic development of their region taking into account Commonwealth, state, territory and local government plans.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • provide advice to the Government on critical issues affecting each region.
  • be a mechanism to increase awareness of Australian Government programmes in their communities.

The Deputy Prime Minister also flagged measures to streamline the RDA Committee appointment process, reduce administrative burden and simplify governance arrangements for RDA Committees. Membership of Committees will be expected to reflect a range of skills and regional stakeholders including strong engagement with local government, business and industry, as well as being regionally inclusive.

The Department will now work with RDA Committees and state and territory counterparts to work through the details of the administrative changes and the Deputy Prime Minister’s directions for the RDA network.

An external review into the RDA network will be undertaken in two years to assess the effectiveness of the arrangements, especially in light of the current federalism discussions.

A full copy of the Deputy Prime Minister’s address at SEGRA is available here


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Last Updated: 15 April 2016