The Regional Development Australia (RDA) network will be refocused to attract investment and jobs to their region, announced the Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash.

The announcement follows the independent review into RDA committees and their effectiveness by the Hon Warwick L Smith AM. Following consideration of the findings and recommendations contained in the independent review, the Minister announced there will be a number of reforms to the programme and these will be implemented over the coming months.

RDA committees will move forward under a new charter which focuses on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages and drive economic growth. The major RDA network will be:

  • RDA committees will now pro-actively target, seek and negotiate with private companies, not-for-profits and governments of all levels to bring jobs and investment to our regions;
  • A more rigorous, merit-based appointment for Chairs and Committee members will begin from the end of this year, when most terms of appointment run out;
  • For the first time, clear performance measures will mean practical outcomes of RDAs are properly monitored and measured.

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