Our Charter

Growing strong connected regions

The Australian Government’s vision for regional Australia is one of strong, connected regions that:

  • shape our economic growth and wellbeing
  • are resilient and responsive to economic and environmental shocks
  • are inclusive, vibrant and diverse

Regions that our First Nations people have every opportunity to engage in and shape, and where people, businesses and investments thrive.

Role of Regional Development Australia (RDA)

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 50 committees across Australia’s capital cities and regions, including the Indian Ocean Territories, Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay Territory. RDA committees are critical to the delivery of this vision, including supporting the successful implementation of the Australian Government’s Regional Investment Framework (RIF), which will guide a more coordinated approach to regional development, underpinned by local engagement.

RDAs play a role in helping to drive economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship in regions through facilitating investment in community, industry and the environment. RDAs assist to bridge the regional development gaps in regions by working with a broad range of stakeholders across sectors and supporting the delivery of identified Australian Government strategic priorities.

As representatives of our local community, RDA Gold Coast will:

Regional Investment Framework

Focus our activities and strategy on delivery of the RIF in our region, including investment in people, places, services, and industries and local economies

Regional Investment Framework

Economic Development & Innovation

Build the evidence for economic development, including innovation and diversification strategies

Our Projects

Grant Opportunities

Support regional stakeholders, including local government and the not-for-profit-sector, to seek grant opportunities that advance strategic regional priorities

Explore Funding

Local Data & Intelligence

Contribute relevant data and local intelligence to support the evidence base to inform regional development strategies, program design and policy responses

Gold Coast Regional Data


Support decarbonisation efforts and the transformation to a net zero economy and enable regional linkages between sectors to achieve these aims

Sustainable Gold Coast

Engagement Across the 3 Levels of Government

Facilitate meaningful engagement across the three levels of government to ensure investments deliver better outcomes for regions


Support the Government’s ambition of ‘no one held back and no one left behind’


Collaborate with integrity, transparency, respect and accountability

Gender Equality

Support gender equality opportunities in our region


Engage with diverse communities, especially First Nations people

Contact Us

RDA Gold Coast
Level 9, Seabank Building
12-14 Marine Parade, Southport Qld 4215
PO Box 3290, Southport BC QLD 4215

Estella Rodighiero
Director of Regional Development
M: 0411 558 834
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RDA Gold Coast acknowledge and pay respects to the people of the Yugambeh language region of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present.