SA’s Regional Development Australia Boards

If elected in March 2018 a Marshall Liberal Government will enter a longer term agreement with the RDAs under which State funding of $3m per annum will be provided in each of the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years.

The Opportunity

South Australia has eight Regional Development Australia Boards (RDA) working in partnership with federal state and local governments to support the economic development of their regions and the state more broadly.

The RDAs are:

  • Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
  • Adelaide Metropolitan
  • Barossa
  • Far North
  • Limestone Coast
  • Murraylands and Riverland
  • Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula
  • Yorke and Mid North

The RDAs:

  • Are responsible for detailed regional plans that focus on the economic development of their region, taking into account relevant Commonwealth, State and Local Government plans
  • Provide independent advice to all three levels of government on critical issues affecting their region
  • Work closely with community leaders to identify funding sources and develop project proposals to support economic growth
  • Promote awareness of government programs

The current agreement the RDAs have with the South Australian Government expires this financial year.

A more secure funding arrangement would enable the RDAs to work more effectively on behalf of their regions and enhance the valuable planning, advisory and advocacy services they provide.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018 a Marshall Liberal Government will enter a longer term agreement with the RDAs under which State funding of $3m per annum will be provided in each of the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years.

Under this arrangement, each RDA will be required to submit a four-year business plan.

This arrangement will enhance collaboration between the RDAs, encouraging them to undertake work on a wider range of cross-regional issues and economic development projects.