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Round 4 of the Building Better Regions Fund now open - Drought-affected regions eligible

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, has announced the opening of Round Four of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Round Four is aimed at supporting projects which will benefit communities affected by drought. (Applications will be ineligible if projects are not in a drought-affected location.)

Two streams of funding are available:

The Community Investments Stream will fund new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to drought-affected communities.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction, upgrade or extension of infrastructure in drought-affected areas. Through these projects, it aims to provide both economic and social benefits.

The closing date for applications is 19 December 2019. Click below for further details.

Community Investments Stream

Infrastructure Projects Stream

Patient Possibilities: Additive Manufacturing Showcase November 12

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is unlocking the power of personalised medicine

Improve your patient outcomes and attract new healthcare customers through learning how to personalise medical devices and implants, plan and customise surgical procedures, and design bespoke therapies.

Attend our AM showcase event and hear about a ground-breaking project that is printing life-size brain aneurysm models to help clinicians prepare for complex, life-saving endovascular procedures and for use in training specialists from around the world.

Learn from Dean Hartley, co-founder of Queensland company iOrthotics, now part of the Healthia group, about how they lead Australian industry in the custom design and manufacture of orthotic devices for podiatry patients utilising the latest in 3D printing technologies; and hear from Kyle Shapland, representing global additive manufacturing pioneer Materialise, about their leading software and technologies that are unlocking new possibilities for patients in almost every industry.

Brought to you by the Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct, Griffith University, RDA Gold Coast and the Queensland Government

Tuesday 12 November 2019

9:00am - 11:00am, followed by an optional tour of the Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute (ADaPT)

HORIZON 2 Popup innovation lab, 9 Nexus Way, Southport

FREE, limited seating available, parking available

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RDA Gold Coast partners in study of our emerging knowledge-based workforce

RDA Gold Coast has partnered with the Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct and Study Gold Coast to produce an analysis of the Gold Coast’s emerging graduate workforce.

The study shows that the Gold Coast region offers a rich environment for talent attraction, retention and entrepreneurial innovation:

  • Graduate numbers in STEM fields including health now account for 65% of total graduate numbers, with science, engineering, ICT, architecture and industrial design graduates accounting for 36% of the total.
  • There has been a steady increase in graduate numbers in a range of speciality science fields, including medical laboratory science, where graduate numbers have doubled since 2014.
  • There are more than 50 health qualifications on offer, with strong growth in the health sector driven by high population growth over the last two decades, which has seen 15,000 new residents added every year.

Overall education and training contributes more than $1.7 billion to the local economy and with almost 30,000 international students from more than 130 different countries studying on the Gold Coast.

RDA Gold Coast Director of Regional Development Estella Rodighiero said the study shows there are thousands of job-ready, knowledge-based graduates underpinning the Gold Coast’s transformation into a knowledge economy.

“This means that innovators, technology and healthcare-related businesses locating to the Gold Coast can be assured of a pipeline of talent, supported by an extremely strong education sector.

“We have three research-intensive universities, TAFE Queensland and a range of technical and training providers offering comprehensive study options including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, specialised qualifications and micro-credentials in emerging fields.”

Just a few of the future-focused courses on offer at the Gold Coast include:

  • Bachelor of Intelligent Digital Technologies
  • Bachelor of Data Science
  • Bachelor of Digital Business (one of only 2 programs of its kind in Australia)
  • Master of Electronic and Sport Engineering
  • Master of Electronic and Energy Engineering
  • Master of Biotechnology
  • Master of Healthcare Innovations (an Australian first)

For more information on opportunities for new businesses and innovators on the Gold Coast, contact Estella Rodighiero on 0411 558 834 or

Download Workforce for Future Gold Coast (Snapshot)


AM Revolution at ADaPT | RDA Gold Coast

If you've been wondering how Additive Manufacturing (AM) – commonly known as 3D Printing – could help revolutionise your business, you must check this out! Join the AM way of the future, right here on the Gold Coast! ADaPT – Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute at the Health and Knowledge Precinct Gold Coast is where the new Industrial Revolution is taking shape.

With their world-class, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, they provide a hub for multi-disciplinary researchers to come together to share ideas, connect and collaborate with national and international companies to create a high-tech future of personalised medicine and customised products.

Regional Development Australia – RDA Gold Coast are proud supporters of Economic Development on the GC. Check out their story here!