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Director of Regional Development (DRD)


Applications are now open for the Director of Regional Development (DRD) position to lead the Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland Organisation.

RDA is looking for a leader of this innovative organisation, which is committed to developing its region, to meeting its strategic goals, and to preparing the region for the future. 


Apply by May 2 to lead a national network of local people developing local solutions to local issues. For more information, please refer to the following information pack.


Director of Regional Development (DRD) Information Pack and Application form



RDA Charter


Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of Committees made up of local leaders

who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic

development of their regions.

RDA Committees have an active and facilitative role in their communities and a clear focus on

growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize

on economic opportunity and attract investment.

Working in close partnership with fellow RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private

sector, RDA Committees will:


1. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage

private and public sector investment to the regions;

2. Connect regional businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners,

financial markets and potential investors;

3. Promote and disseminate information on Australian Government policies and grant

programs to state and local governments and industry, business and community sectors;

4. Support community stakeholders to develop project proposals to access funding;

5. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the local government bodies in

their regions;

6. Facilitate public and private sector decentralisation;

7. Assist in the delivery of Australian Government programs, where relevant and where

requested by the Minister;

8. Engage with regional entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders to explore new

opportunities to grow local jobs in their regions;

9. Provide information on their region's activities and competitive advantages to all levels of

government, industry, business and community sectors; and

10. Provide evidence‐based advice to the Australian Government on critical regional

development issues positively and negatively affecting their regions.


RDA Townsville & North West Queensland Rules


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