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RDA Sydney

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About Us

Regional Development Australia Sydney is part of a national network of 55 Regional Development Australia committees. 


The Role of RDA Sydney Committee

The role of the RDA Sydney Committee and the Regional Plan in achieving the RDAs long-term vision for Sydney.

The Plan is based on the Regional Economic Growth Framework which has identified a range of factors as the key determinants of long-term regional economic growth. In Attachment 1 we have provided comparative datasets for the following four themes from the framework:

  • Human capital, particularly education and skills
  • Economically, environmentally and socially sustainable communities and population change
  • Access to international, national and regional markets
  • Comparative advantage and business competitiveness


RDA Sydney Committee

RDA Sydney has a volunteer Chair, Deputy Chair and Committee Members who jointly appointed by the Australian Government (represented by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development), and the NSW Government (represented by the Department of Industry).

RDA Sydney has a management team comprised of; an executive officer and six staff.


What We Do

As a Regional Development Australia Committee, RDA Sydney is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW State Governments to advance sustainable economic development and social equity within Sydney’s Regions.

RDA Sydney is part of a national network of 55 RDA committees across Australia. The committees are made up of local leaders who volunteer their time to work with government, business and community groups to grow and strengthen their communities.


Our Focus Areas

We work with all levels of Government, industry groups, businesses, research and development, education and training institutes and community members to:

  • IDENTIFY and advise Government about needs and opportunities within Sydney
  • FACILITATE the development of new ideas with key industry or community partners
  • SUPPORT the implementation of economic, social and sustainable development projects


We do this by using the following methods:

  • COLLABORATION with you to identify and address key issues affecting growth in your region
  • CONNECTING you to key players, experts and decision makers in industry, business
  • SUPPORTING you, your programs and initiatives across your region

We progress our agenda through the establishment of or participation in:

  • Interest groups
  • Round tables
  • Skills development initiatives and task forces
  • Leadership networks

and by gathering and disseminating economic, social and demographic information about Sydney’s regions (available on our website).


Policy context in which we work

The policy context of Australian, state and local government are key determinants of long-term regional economic growth. As part of this policy landscape we acknowledge the following key strategies as providing the guiding principles in the development of RDA Sydney’s Regional Plan for Sydney 2013-16 priorities and actions:

  • Council of Australian Governments (COAG) – National Criteria for Cities
  • NSW Government - Metro Strategy (A Plan for Growing Sydney)
  • Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport – Framework for Regional Economic Development
  • NSW Government – NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan
  • NSW Government – NSW International Engagement Strategy
  • NSW Government – Smart & Skilled Reforms of the NSW Vocational Education and Training System
  • NSW Government – Broader Western Sydney Employment Area Draft Structure Plan
  • NSW Government – Industry Action Plans
  • NSW Government – Draft NSW Freight and Ports Strategy


To take part or find out more about RDA Sydney's developments, initiatives and projects, simply visit the Projects or download RDA Sydney's Regional Plan.



Information on Regional Development Australia - Sydney, mission.

Strategic Priorities

RDA Sydney strategic priorities.

Committee Members

Committee members represent their communities, business and local government.

Management Team

Regional Development Australia Management Team Members.

Open Access Information

RDA Sydney is required to publish a range of open access information relating to our operations..



Last Updated: 21 May 2018