Regional Development VictoriaRDA Hume

State Government of Victoria

RDA Hume Projects and Activities

The Hume RDA Committee, in order to support the economic development of the region, is focusing on a number of sectors including:

The Committee is supporting the delivery of projects and activities within each of these focus areas.

Focus Area

The backbone of the transport network in the Hume Region is provided by two nationally significant transport corridors – the Hume corridor and the Goulburn Valley corridor. These corridors have major highways and railway lines that provide for passenger and freight movement, and support related freight logistics industries. In addition to providing the transport base for surrounding local economies, the Hume corridor provides the main interstate linkage between Melbourne and Sydney (connecting with the coastal route to Brisbane); and the Goulburn Valley corridor is part of a major route to inland NSW and Queensland. The Hume and Goulburn valley transport corridors converge in the southern part of the Hume Region providing an opportunity for development of an interstate freight terminal to relieve pressure on the Melbourne metropolitan area.

The Goulburn Valley rail line is the only remaining broad gauge line in the Hume region. This has a direct impact on current and future passenger and freight rail services within the Goulburn Valley sub region and there is a sense of urgency for this line to be converted to standard gauge.

The Hume and Goulburn Valley transport corridors have a north-south alignment and whilst the Midland and Murray Valley Highways provide an important east-west inter-regional function, improvements to east-west transport links are considered vital to the future of the Hume Region in order to increase accessibility to potential new markets for freight commodities and to the larger settlements, where services and facilities are predominantly located.

The relatively low population density in much of the Hume Region makes the provision of conventional public transport services challenging. While the larger regional centres function as public transport hubs for their surrounding urban areas and public transport services generally connect larger centres, most rural residents outside these locations are highly dependent on car travel which makes them vulnerable to rising fuel prices and diminishing capacity to drive due to ageing. Expansion of regional public transport services needs to allow for improved internal commuting as well as improved links to Melbourne.

Hume RDA is currently supporting the delivery of the following tourism projects:


To explore how to address the informational barrier: the Hume RDA recently sponsored an exploration into information needs of parents.

Research and consultation with parents, young people and careers advisors was undertaken to gain an understanding of informational needs. These findings have been collated into a report: Higher Education Information Navigation: An Exploration of Parent Information Needs in the Hume Region (PDF 636.7 KB).

The report articulates actions that would assist parents and carers to access and use information so that they can support students to enter university following Year 12.

Key recommendations identified by the study described in the report relate to:

  • Strengthening the role of careers advisors in schools within the Hume Region
  • Improving the provision of information to families about university study
  • Raising educational aspirations in the region
  • Increasing understanding of higher education pathways by families
  • Providing improved information about the cost of university study for families in the region.
Agriculture/ Food

The Hume and Loddon Mallee RDAs funded a two staged project to investigate food opportunities in Northern Victoria. The key outcome for this project has been the development of a food strategy and supportive action plan. For the purpose of this project: Northern Victoria encompasses the local government areas of Mildura, Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Loddon, Campaspe, Moira, Greater Shepparton and Strathbogie.

Stage one involved sector mapping of the region’s key food commodity groups. The findings from this mapping are captured in the Food Opportunities in Northern Victoria (PDF 2.3 MB) report. Building on from this sector mapping stage two has involved engagement with the region’s agrifood sector in order to identify opportunities, areas of competitive advantage and factors constraining further economic growth.

The Northern Victoria Food Opportunity Strategy and Action Plan highlights the ‘burning issues’, those factors and forces likely to have the greatest impact on the performance of the agrifood sector in Northern Victoria.

Download the sections forming the Northern Victoria Food Opportunity Strategy and Action Plan:

Executive Summary (PDF 476.9 KB)
Volume 1: Situation Analysis (PDF 996.3 KB)
Volume 2: Strategy (PDF 540.9 KB)
Volume 3: Action Plan (PDF 494.6 KB)

The Hume RDA supported the development of a three year strategic plan for Upper, Central and Lower Hume Sub Regions to complement the development of the Northern Victoria strategy.

The Upper, Central and Lower Hume Sub Regions Food Opportunity Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2018 highlights how the three sub regions can take advantage of the predicted global growth in demand for food by building on its significant areas of competitive advantage. The sub regions points of difference include a growing, diversified agrifood economy and increasing level of production of premium foods.

This strategy and action plan outlines how the sub regions can continue to leverage these competitive advantages and points of difference.

Download the sections forming the report:

Executive Summary (PDF 403.8 KB)
Volume 1: Situation Analysis (PDF 4.5 MB)
Volume 2: Strategy (PDF 798.3 KB)
Volume 3: Action Plan (PDF 805.2 KB)

Tourism Tourism is a key economic and employment sector for the Hume Region, with over 2.5 million visitors to the region annually. Tourism is driven by the region’s proximity to Melbourne, its natural attractions and a diversity of activities and events on offer throughout the year.

In addition to winter visitation focussed on the snow fields, there is significant summer tourism based along the Murray River corridor and in the valleys and historic townships of the Upper Hume and Central Hume sub regions. High quality food and wine products are substantial contributors to the region’s economy and a number of towns have large water based activity areas with a reliable water supply.

Currently there are poor linkages between tourism areas and the region has multiple tourism bodies, including two new Regional Tourism Boards. Hume RDA’s goal is to support strategic planning for tourism product development and marketing opportunities that can be coordinated across boundaries that exist within the region.

Hume RDA is currently supporting the delivery of the following tourism projects:

Hume Region Workforce Development Plan 2015-2018
After 18 months of research and engagement with the community, business and industry, the Hume Workforce Development Committee (HWDC) has created the inaugural Hume Region Workforce Development Plan 2015-2018 (PDF 9.4 MB), through funding support from Hume Regional Development Australia.

The aim of the plan is to ‘better align regional skills with current and future industry workforce needs across the state’ for a number of sectors including:

  • Agriculture
  • Health, aged care and community services
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport, warehousing and logistics

Government, industry, education providers and not-for-profit organisations will be involved in progressing priorities of the plan, which is designed to stimulate effective workforce development and planning through regional partnerships and collaborations.

Supporting the Hume Workforce Development Plan 2015-2018 is a summary Fact Sheet (PDF 466.6 KB) and Detailed Action Plan.

Please contact the Hume RDA Committee for further information or a copy of the detailed Action Plan

ICT/ Digital Economy Strategy

Reliable access to broadband and mobile phone coverage has been consistently identified as an issue for business, education and attraction within the region. An RDA Digital Economy Sub-committee has been formed to review the status of digital economy access and coverage and act as advocates and brokers in realising the full benefits of the National Broadband Network rollout throughout the region.

Hume RDA is currently supporting the delivery of the following ICT/Digital Economy Strategy project:

Multi media

To assist with promotion of investment opportunities and growth in the Hume Region, the Hume RDA has developed a set of flexible promotional products for use by regional stakeholders.

These products are now available for use and include digital and print media with a focus on:

  • Regional characteristics and competitive advantages
  • Economic strengths and investment opportunities
  • Liveability of our regional cities / centres and rural living options.

Download the products:

Investment prospectus (PDF 3.9 MB)
Brochure (PDF 403.0 KB)
Video (MP4 44.1 MB)
Presentation/slide show template (PPT 9.4 MB)

Other Projects

Water (including Murray Darling Basin Plan)

The water resources of the Hume Region are highly significant environmental assets, as well as being critical to the region’s position as the major food-producing area in Victoria. The Ovens, Mitta Mitta, Kiewa and Upper Murray basins contribute 38 percent of the total inflows to the Murray-Darling Basin and the Goulburn and Broken Rivers provide a further 11 percent.

Within the Hume Region, water is predominantly used for the irrigation of crops and pastures (particularly for dairy), as well as for stock and domestic supplies for rural and urban customers. Approximately 80 percent of consumptive water is used for irrigation, with the remaining 20 percent used for manufacturing and urban purposes.

Murray Darling Basin Plan

The final Murray Darling Basin Plan was unveiled by Minister Burke in November 2012, together with the announcement of the $100 million Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program by Minister Crean.

Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program funding will be directed to economic diversification projects that assist Basin communities to strengthen their economies to support the long-term viability of our rivers and regions.

The Commonwealth Government is working with the state government to define the implementation details of the program. The Hume RDA Committee has led discussions with Loddon Mallee and Grampians to determine the role for RDAs and will provide an update on discussions in the next addition.

Click here for more information on the Murray Darling Basin Plan

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Last Updated: 04 June 2018