Creating, Connecting and Supporting Economic Opportunity for Regional SA

Hon Rob Kerin

Regional Development South Australia Chair

Regional Development South Australia is chaired by the Hon Rob Kerin, former Premier and former Minister for Primary Industries, Mines and Energy and Regional Development.

RDSA is a member-based, not-for-profit Incorporated Association that plays a unique role in supporting the economic development efforts of seven South Australian based RDAs, as well as the Adelaide Metropolitan RDA.

Each RDA is a member of RDSA, and come together to collaborate on a variety of cross-regional issues and economic development projects that are fundamental to the future and well-being of South Australia.

The Hon Rob Kerin, former Premier and Deputy Premier, and former Minister for Primary Industries, Mines and Energy and Regional Development is the independent Chair of RDSA, appointed by RDSA Members.

The ability to collaborate and advocate as a single state-wide voice through RDSA puts South Australian RDAs in a unique position, as no other state or territory operates under this model. This provides benefits back to regional communities, to local Government in progressing broad development issues and to State and Federal Governments in developing cohesive place and evidence-based policies.

Snapshot of the RDAs in South Australia  

Some key points about our RDAs

Strategic Priorities

5 strategic priorities have been driven by broad consultation across the South Australian RDA network


Available & Skilled Workforce


Strategic Investment in Infrastructure


Availability of an adequate supply of housing


Vibrant regional towns with population growth


Digital Empowerment - Access - Skills - Services

Who is Regional Development Australia?

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 52 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions.

This Australian Government initiative brings together all levels of government to support the development of regional Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government and by state, territory and local governments in some jurisdictions. It is administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Regional Development Australia Program

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia's regions. A national network of RDA committees has been established to achieve this objective.

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