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 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 Vision

Sustainable and inclusive community prosperity across all NSW and ACT regions.

Our Mission

To support inclusive and sustainable regional economic and community development.

Future of Work and Flexible Workspaces
RDA Sydney Blue Mountains

Our Goals

  • Support the delivery of the Australian Government’s Regional Investment Framework
  • Build relationships and reinforce NSW Government linkages
  • Raise the profile of RDA NSW & ACT Brand to key stakeholders
  • Lead a statewide RDA NSW & ACT perspective on strategic priorities

Our Approach

Using strong evidence-based analysis, we promote the economic and liveability opportunities presented by the NSW regions.

And we support the NSW RDA network through meaningful:

  • Strategic Engagement;
  • Regional foresight and intelligence; and
  • Influencing and advocacy.

Our Team

Therese O'Dwyer

Therese O'Dwyer

Director of Regional Development/Executive Officer

Julie McAlpin

Project Manager

Regional Development Australia Charter

Strong, CONNECTED Regions

Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) are critical to the delivery of this vision, including supporting the successful implementation of the Australian Government’s Regional Investment Framework (RIF), which will guide a more coordinated approach to regional development, underpinned by local engagement.

RDAs play a role in helping to drive economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship in regions through facilitating investment in community, industry and the environment. RDAs assist to bridge the regional development gaps in regions by working with a broad range of stakeholders across sectors and supporting the delivery of identified Australian Government strategic priorities.

As representatives of their local communities, RDAs will:

• focus their activities and strategy on delivery of the RIF in their region, including investment in people, places, services, and industries and local economies
• support regional stakeholders, including local government and the not-for-profit-sector, to seek grant opportunities that advance strategic regional priorities
• support decarbonisation efforts and the transformation to a net zero economy and enable regional linkages between sectors to achieve these aims
• build the evidence for economic development, including innovation and diversification strategies
• facilitate meaningful engagement across the three levels of government to ensure investments deliver better outcomes for regions, and
• contribute relevant data and local intelligence to support the evidence base to inform regional development strategies, program design and policy responses.

RDAs use their local, cross-sector expertise and regional voice to:
• collaborate with integrity, transparency, respect and accountability
• engage with diverse communities, especially First Nations people
• support the Government’s ambition of ‘no one held back and no one left behind’, and
• support gender equality opportunities in their regions.