Welcome to RDA Sydney

Supporting economic development across NSW regions



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Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney is part of a Federal Government initiative that seeks to create strong, confident and vibrant regions. RDA Sydney provides support, promotion and advocacy for the NSW Regions through the NSW RDA Network.

We are proud to work with the 13 RDA Organisations across NSW

We are proud to work with 13 Regional Boards within NSW

Central Coast

Central West

Far South Coast

Far West



Mid North Coast


Northern Inland

Northern Rivers



Southern Inland


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RDA Far West

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RDA Murray

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RDA Orana

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RDA Riverina

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RDA Northern Inland

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RDA Northern Rivers

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RDA Mid North Coast

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RDA Hunter

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RDA Central Coast

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RDA Sydney

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RDA Illawarra

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RDA Central West

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RDA Southern Inland

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Visit RDA Far South Coast

RDA Far South Coast

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RDA NSW Region Map

NSW & ACT Prospectus

NSW & ACT RDAs are part of a national network of organisations funded by the Federal government to build strong, confident, and vibrant regions. They do this by influencing and facilitating economic development in their regions. The Prospectus highlights the economic, social, and environmental strengths and opportunities of the regions through the lens of the RDA network across NSW & ACT. A Network that is truly embedded in all parts of their communities


NSW & Federal Grants

Our Services

491 Visa

The 491 Skilled Work Regional Visa is a provisional visa for skilled workers who wish to live and work in Regional Australia.

RDA Sydney partners with the NSW Government to assist in the delivery of the 491 Visa application process by accepting and assessing applications and determining eligible occupations for our respective Designated Regions, the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains LGA’s.

Supporting NSW Regions

RDA Sydney supports the NSW statewide RDA network to grow strong and confident regional economies that harness competitive advantages, seize economic opportunities, and attract investment.

We do this by working with city-based stakeholders and the NSW RDA network to identify and support economic development opportunities for the regions through partnerships and connections.


RDA Sydney provides a range of services to support economic development either focusing on specific industries or geographical areas. Specifically:

  • Mapping of ecosystems
  • Establishing Communities of Practice
  • Providing Secretariat Support
  • Submission Writing
  • Facilitating consultative processes
  • Hosting the Sydney Aerospace and Defence Interest Group
Sydney Airport

NSW State Economy

Workforce – 4.0 million
Population – 8.0 million
Infrastructure – A$93 billion to be invested in projects 2019-2022
Economy – A$593.3 billion Australia’s largest state economy in 2017-18

Source: Regional NSW

Recent Projects

RDA Sydney has been involved in a number of projects focusing on building local economies and accessing opportunities. Click on the links below for more details.

Latest News

Read the latest news from government, the NSW Regions and RDA Sydney


Hume Hydrogen Highway

Hume Hydrogen Highway

The New South Wales and Victorian Governments are investing $10 million each in grant funding to co-deliver the Hume Hydrogen Highway initiative, an Australian-first renewable hydrogen refuelling...

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ABC Heywire Trailblazers Program

ABC Heywire Trailblazers Program

Trailblazers is an opportunity for anyone aged between 18 to 28 who is driving positive social change projects in their regional communities and would like to see their work celebrated...

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RDA Sydney

Hume Hydrogen Highway

Hume Hydrogen Highway

The New South Wales and Victorian Governments are investing $10 million each in grant funding to co-deliver the Hume Hydrogen Highway initiative, an Australian-first renewable hydrogen refuelling...

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Review upcoming events by RDA Sydney and our regions

Central Coast Industry Festival

Central Coast Industry Festival

The Central Coast Industry Festival will be the largest event specifically for manufacturers and agricultural production companies ever held on the Central Coast.DATE: 22 August 2022 – 3 September...

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Housing Supply Workshop

Housing Supply Workshop

WORKING TOGETHER | SHARING IDEAS Join Regional Development Australia (RDA) networks and industry leaders as we discuss and share solutions to this critical issue facing economic development...

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Accounting for Nature Workshop

Accounting for Nature Workshop

Do you want recognition for your land management practices and are you interested in measuring and protecting your environmental assets or natural capital? DATE: Friday 26 August  TIME: 9 am – 4 pm ...

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For those businesses that have been impacted by the current Lockdown please visit our grants page to find links to available assistance. Also on this page you will find a selection of both NSW and Federal Governments grants aimed at helping Australian businesses succeed. There are a number of grants available across a range of industries and applications. Visit business.gov.au to view all grants and connect with a range of experts who can advise and assist with submissions.

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NSW & Federal Grants

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