About

Supporting economic development across NSW regions

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sydney is part of a national network of Committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business, and community groups to support the economic development of their 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.

Our Strategic Priorities

Promote and advocate NSW statewide regional economic development opportunities

Develop and maintain capital city stakeholder relationships that advance regional growth and create connections for NSW RDAs and their stakeholder communities

Provide government and business with local intelligence on the NSW regions to better inform decision making

Future of Work and Flexible Workspaces
RDA Sydney Blue Mountains

Our Vision

Sustainable economic prosperity across all NSW regions.

Our Mission

Support the NSW RDA network to advocate and influence capital city decision makers on investment and regional policy opportunities.

Using strong evidence-based analysis, promote the economic and livability opportunities presented by the NSW regions to Business, Government, Education, Workforce and Community.

Our Team

Therese O'Dwyer

Therese O'Dwyer

Director of Regional Development/Executive Officer
Mark Wigley

Mark Wigley

Business Development Manager

Julie McAlpin

Project Manager

Regional Development Australia Charter

Strong, Confident & Vibrant Regions

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of Committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.

RDA Committees have an active and facilitative role in their communities with a clear focus on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize economic opportunities and attract investment.

Collaborating with other RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector, RDA Committees will:

  1. Facilitate regional economic development outcomes, investment, local procurement and jobs.
  2. Promote greater regional awareness of and engagement with Australian Government policies, grant programs and research.
  3. Improve Commonwealth regional policy making by providing intelligence and evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on regional development issues.
  4. Co-ordinate the development of a strategic regional plan or work with suitable existing regional plans that will align with the Commonwealth’s regional priorities.