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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 regional NSW through the NSW RDA Network.

We are proud to support, promote and be part of a network of 13 RDA Organisations across NSW.

RDA NSW Regions
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 Shoalhaven

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RDA Central West

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RDA Southern NSW & ACT

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RDA NSW Regions 2024

RDA Charter

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 deliverables and role of the RDAs is outline in the new RDA Charter, announced by the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories the Hon Kristy McBain MP in July 2023.

NSW & Federal Grants

491 Visa

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

Please be advised that RDA Sydney is not receiving any new 491 Visa applications as it has reached its assigned allocation. Please refer to the NSW Government website to identify alternate NSW regional options.

Supporting NSW Regions

RDA Sydney supports the NSW 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.

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NSW & ACT Economic Snapshot

New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is home to 8.628 million people and has the largest number of active businesses with more than 900,000 registered in 2023. NSW & ACT as a region contribute nearly $744 billion to the national economy, accounting for around a third of the nation’s economic output, with the largest contributing sectors being financial and insurance services; professional, scientific and technical services; health care and social assistance; construction; and education. NSW has the largest and most diverse regional economy of all Australian states, and ranks around 37th in the world’s largest economies, above countries such as Denmark, South Africa, and New Zealand.

The NSW and ACT regions bring a diverse range of economic strengths to the State and Territory, with growth driven by leading industries including agribusiness, resources and mining, defence, tourism and hospitality, freight and logistics, healthcare and social assistance, and education and training.

NSW & ACT’s greatest economic asset is its people. The region has a culturally diverse and knowledge intensive economy, with approximately 28% of its residents born overseas and speaking a language other than English at home, and more than 80% holding a non-school qualification. At the tertiary qualification level, there is a strong dominance in accounting, business management, general nursing, programming and teaching.

Latest News

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Local Action towards Net Zero

Local Action towards Net Zero

Local Action towards Net Zero will present economic development leaders who are deploying place-based net-zero initiatives to meet the opportunities of Australia’s climate policy commitment.


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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