About Us

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Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast is part of a national network of 55 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions.

We work in consultation with the community, business, non-for-profit organisations and all levels of government, to articulate local priorities, identify and align resources, engage stakeholders and promote solutions. In doing this we aim to support the growth and development of regional communities across the Sunshine Coast.

Further to this we support, promote and disseminate information on government policy initiatives for the benefit of our local community. To this end, Regional Development Australia committees and Chairs have strong understandings of federal, state and local government policies and initiatives, and the ways in which local communities can engage with them.

This is why we strive to take a leadership role in bringing together organisations to take advantage of government programs, policies and initiatives.

Regional Development Australia is your conduit between the levels of governments enable you to provide input to governments about the strengths and weaknesses of regional Australia.

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Join the RDA Committee

joinYourRDABy joining the RDA Sunshine Coast committee you can make a difference in our region.

Committee members are able to use their skills and experience to work with others, bringing together a variety of views, interests and expertise. Members have a shared sense of purpose and are part of a team which is seeking to improve the economic prosperity for our region by increasing the investment in infrastructure and business activity to improve productivity and employment in the region.

Talk to our RDA Committee Chair or CEO and find out about the priorities for our region, how we are working to find solutions, the commitment required of Committee members and how you could contribute your skills and experience.

Further information is available on the RDA website.

For additional information or if you have queries about completing the Expression of Interest form please call the Helpline 1800 505 938 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEDST) or email rdaeoi@infrastructure.gov.au.


RDA FAQs

What is the purpose of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast?

RDA Sunshine Coast is part of a network of 55 Regional Development Australia (RDA) organisations that have been created across Australia with the aim of strengthening and building regional communities.

What makes RDA Sunshine Coast different to other institutions and organisations on the Sunshine Coast?

RDA Sunshine Coast is a not-for-profit community-based organisation led by volunteers from a diverse cross section of society; community, business and local government.

RDA Sunshine Coast is a partnership between all three levels of government – Commonwealth, State and Local and is therefore uniquely placed to bring all three levels of government to bear on local challenges and priorities.

It will assist with regional leadership and resilience by building partnerships between governments, regional development organisations, the private sector and other regional stakeholders.

What is RDA Sunshine Coast chartered to do?

The priorities of local RDAs across Australia will vary by region – each committee will fill its own niche and respond to the individual needs of its region. A range of possibilities are defined in the RDA Sunshine Coast charter:

Being an important contributor to and driver of:

  • Regional Business Productivity Improvement Plans and Strategies (supporting economic development, creating new jobs, developing skills and business investment)
  • Environmental Solutions (supporting ongoing sustainability and the management of climate change (eg droughts, flooding, bushfires)
  • Social Inclusion (bringing together and supporting all members of the community)
  • Articulating local priorities, identifying and aligning resources, engaging stakeholders and promoting solutions.
  • Developing a strong understanding of federal, state and local government policies and initiatives and how local communities can engage with them.
  • Supporting, promoting and disseminating information on government policy initiatives for the benefit of local communities.
  • Bringing together organisations to take advantage of government programs, policies and initiatives.
  • Being an effective conduit between governments and regional communities, enabling all communities to provide input to governments about the strengths and weaknesses of regional Australia.

What does whole-of-government activities mean?

The third of RDA Sunshine Coast’s five core roles is to promote whole-of-government approaches, which refers to fostering coordination between Commonwealth, State and Local government by :

  • Being a first point of contact for information about Australian Government programs, services and initiatives and the source of consistent, reliable information from governments.
  • Referring individuals or businesses to sources of information or advice.
  • Being a first point of contact for Australian Government regional consultation.
  • Subject to the confines of its charter, entering into third party contracts with other agencies.

Will RDA Sunshine Coast promote government programs?

Yes. This is the fourth of the RDA Sunshine Coast’s five key roles and it includes:

  • Promoting Australian, state or territory and local government programs and initiatives to regional stakeholders.
  • Providing input to governments on the regional impact of their policy agenda.
  • Providing information and advice to communities about ways in which they can engage with government programs, policies and initiatives.
  • Help stakeholders develop applications for programs, for example bringing stakeholders with the same interests together or conducting grant-writing workshops.

Will RDA Sunshine Coast address community and economic development?

Increasing the capacity of the region to meet the needs of its members is the fifth key role of RDA Sunshine Coast; to that end the RDA Sunshine Coast will:

  • Promote economic and employment growth and contribute to business development and investment attraction.
  • Help broaden the region’s industry base and develop new products or markets, including export markets. Job creation and economic sustainability will be outcomes of this work.
  • Support social inclusion programs for disadvantaged groups , facilitate social interaction, provide financial support, improve housing conditions, access to services and education, help unemployed people find jobs; help “close the gap” for Indigenous Australians.

Another economic development  focus should be sustainability; eg identifying environmental and climate change issues, identifying linkages between existing Australian and state and territory government programs and initiatives, and developing strategies to bring together competing interests in the context of scarce resources.