The Regional Development Advisory Committee (RDAC) is the Victorian Government lead body for Regional Development policy advice. The membership of RDAC consists of the Chairs of each of the nine Regional Partnerships. The Regional Partnerships are made up of community and business leaders who are passionate about regional Victoria. Established by the Victorian Government in 2016, the Regional Partnerships are a recognition that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region. Through ongoing consultation, and an annual Regional Assembly, the Partnerships ensure regional communities have a greater say about what matters to them, and that the voices of these communities are heard directly at the heart of Government.
While the work of the Partnerships and RDAC is inextricably linked, RDAC has a separate legislated role to operate as a source of policy advice to the Minister for Regional Development on matters that affect regional Victoria. RDAC is an independent committee established under the Regional Development Victoria Act 2002 to:
- provide advice to the Minister for Regional Development on policies, projects and issues related to rural and regional Victoria;
- undertake research in relation to rural and regional Victoria;
- consult stakeholders on the development of rural and regional Victoria; and
- undertake other activities related to rural and regional Victoria as directed by the Minister.
Policy matters currently under consideration by RDAC include:
- Government responses to structural adjustment
- Early years – Health and Education
- Preventative health
- Land management – public and private
Contact the Regional Development Advisory Committee Secretariat
c/- Regional Development Victoria
Level 31, 121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: (03) 9027 5433