Regional Development Australia committees advance economic development, attract investment and create jobs across Victoria. Comprised of people with diverse business and public life experience, the committees identify economic opportunities and leverage private and public sector investment to the regions.
They engage across government, business and community organisations to develop confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages. Victoria’s six RDA committees are part of a network of 52 committees across Australia, established in 2010 by the Commonwealth to provide a framework for national economic growth.
RDA integration in Victoria’s regional development drives economic outcomes
Victoria’s RDAs have the unique advantage of being the only state or territory committees embedded regionally. RDA committee support staff are co-located in Regional Development Victoria offices - the state’s lead agency responsible for rural and regional economic development.
This establishes a strong alignment with the state’s Regional Partnership committees. Both committees have a joint focus on driving economic development and collaborate to optimise outcomes.
RDA projects are supported by Regional Development Victoria’s Economic Development, Investment and Trade, Communications and Business Services divisions. Importantly, Victoria’s Regional Directors have the dual role of being the Director of Regional Development for their local RDA committee, ensuring high-level overview and support of RDA’s projects.
Diverse high-level regional development experience
RDA Committee members bring extensive experience delivering business and public life outcomes in rural and regional Victoria. They understand the challenges, opportunities and priorities within their local community and draw on deep networks to deliver economic outcomes.
Victoria’s RDA committees include:
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