Publications, Submissions & Reports

In 2009, Regional Development Australia-Sydney was set up as a joint Commonwealth-State funded regional development committee, replacing the activities of former:

  • GROW Sydney Area Consultative Committee (helping communities grow their regions through social inclusion and economic developments) – Commonwealth funded.

  • The Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board (the voice of business growth and economic development for Greater Western Sydney) – State funded.

Since that time, RDA Sydney has prepared and produced a whole range of publications, submissions and reports. A selection of these from 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020 can be viewed below.


1. Hydrogen Industry in the Ilawarra, NSW. A joint submission by RDA Illawarra and RDA Sydney.  Submission: Download





RDA Sydney’s Submission to the Western Sydney Planning Partnership regarding the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Planning Package

Submission: Download


Submission to the Draft NSW Advanced Manufacturing Industry Development Strategy by the NSW Department of Industry

Submission: Download




RDA Sydney Metropolitan Economic Baseline Assessment Report (December 2017)

The 2017 update examines the economic data of Metropolitan Sydney and highlights how the region and its key subregions have changed over ten-year period. The information aims to provide a better understanding of the key characteristics, strengths and trends in the economy, businesses and workforce in the region to inform economic development, investment attraction and planning.


Submission: Download


Submission to the Greater Sydney Commission’s Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan and Draft District Plans

RDA Sydney's submission has a particular focus on Infrastructure, Collaboration and Productivity. In addition, there is individual comment on the Productivity aspect of each of the five Draft District Plans.

Submission: Download

Submission to the Australian Government's Digital Economy Discussion Paper (November 2017)

RDA Sydney's response to the Discussion Paper is underpinned by RDA Sydney’s primary focus in job creation, investment attraction and growing the Greater Sydney economy.

Submission: Download

Submission to the NSW Government's Draft Future Transport Strategy 2056 and Greater Sydney Draft Services and Infrastructure Plan (November 2017)

RDA Sydney's response to the Draft Future Transport Strategy 2056 and the Greater Sydney Draft Services and Infrastructure Plan issued by the NSW Government.

Submission:  Download

Submission to the Australian Government’s Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities Discussion Paper (August 2017)

Summary Report for the Sydney Freight and Supply Chain Workshop facilitated by RDA Sydney and the Hargraves Institute, held 20th July 2017, Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek.

Submission: Download



Submission to NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development regarding “support for startups in regional NSW” (July 2017)

Regional Development Australia Sydney (RDA Sydney) welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the inquiry into support for startups in regional NSW.


Submission: Download



Submission to NSW Standing Committee on State Development for Inquiry into Defence Industry in New South Wales

RDA Sydney in conjunction with Sydney Aerospace Defence Interest Group (SADIG) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the NSW Standing Committee on State Development conducting the inquiry into the defence industry in NSW. RDA Sydney and SADIG broadly support the NSW Government stated intention from this Inquiry to identify opportunities to incentivise and grow the defence industry in NSW.

Submission: Download

The Future of Agriculture and Food Production in Sydney (March 2017)

Sydney Agriculture Strategic Approaches (SASA) Working Group discussion paper on the future of agriculture and food production in Sydney.

Paper: Download


Greater Sydney Commission Draft District Plans (March 2017)

Regional Development Australia Sydney (RDA Sydney) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft District plans issued by the Greater Sydney Commission.


Submission: Download






Strategic industries development around the Western Sydney employment area (WSEA) (August 2016)

Report on industry vision for Western Sydney focusing on the Western Sydney Employment Area and the planned Western Sydney Airport.


Download: Report

Shared Homeownership Seminar - Report: (Jul 2016)

Report on the benefits of shared homeownership seminar 18th July 2016.


Download: Report

Smart Cities Plan: (Jun 2016)

Submission on the Smart Cities Plan.

Download: Download


City of Sydney’s Social Sustainability: (May 2016)

Submission to City of Sydney’s Social Sustainability Discussion Paper and Draft Policy March 2016.


Download: Download


Space Activities Act 1998 - Plan: (Apr 2016)

Submission Review of the Space Activities Act 1998 – Issues Paper.


Paper: Download



RDA Sydney, Penrith Business Alliance and Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

"Potential for Smart Work Centres in Western Sydney"

         Paper Download


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