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


RDA NSW Region Map
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

Visit RDA Far South Coast

RDA NSW Region Map

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


Breakthrough in the Australia-UK Free Trade

Breakthrough in the Australia-UK Free Trade

Inking a world-leading FTA: breakthrough in the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement negotiations The mid-June 2021 announcement by Prime Ministers Morrison and Johnson of an agreement in principle on...

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New Police Training Facility for Dubbo

New Police Training Facility for Dubbo

Construction of a $27.7 million police training centre is expected to begin by the end of the year in Dubbo. The NSW government-funded facility will be located within the emergency services precinct...

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RDA Sydney

Guide to Continuing Your Business

Guide to Continuing Your Business

A guide to assist businesses impacted by bushfire, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide provides positive steps that you can take now to help keep your business operating.

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Review upcoming events by RDA Sydney and our regions

Virtual Jobs Fair

Virtual Jobs Fair

The Australian Federal Government is delivering a free National Online Jobs Fair for the Hospitality & Tourism sectors. The event is designed to support the Tourism and Hospitality...

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For the Love of Ag

For the Love of Ag

With the challenges our Ag community have endured over the last few years, RDA  Southern Inland couldn't let this year pass without celebrating the incredible innovative People, their Practices and...

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Global Market Insights

Global Market Insights

Indonesia’s economy is bouncing back from COVID-19. Find out what this means for your business, and where the commercial opportunities are.

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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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