Join our local RDA Great Southern Committee

Applications are invited for Deputy Chair and Committee Member positions on the RDA Great Southern Committee. Read more ...


MEDIA RELEASE - Chair Reappointed To RDA Great Southern Committee

The Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon. Nola Marino MP, has finalised appointments of Chairs of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Committees across Australia.  “I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Andrus Budrikis as Chair of RDA Great Southern to 30 June 2025,” the Assistant Minister said.


“Andrus has provided strong leadership for RDA Great Southern during his time as Chair, having successfully steered the committee through the challenges of 2020 and, along with members and staff, provided great support for the region’s business community and future economic development.”


“Andrus will lead RDA Great Southern under a refreshed Charter that focuses their role on driving investment and local procurement opportunities and through this, creating jobs and economic growth for our regions.”


Andrus said he is pleased to have the Minister’s confidence to lead RDA Great Southern for the next few years and is excited to continue to develop RDA Great Southern’s key focus areas, including the development of the Great Southern Universities Centre, which RDA Great Southern has received federal funding to establish.


Assistant Minister Marino said, “I look forward to working with Andrus Budrikis and the RDA Great Southern members and staff over the coming years and encourage the community to reach out to their RDA to discuss how it can help business succeed.”


Guidelines for BBRF Round Five Released

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack has announced that guidelines for Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) are available at www.business.gov.au/bbrf, meaning prospective applicants can now begin planning their project applications for assessment.


Applications opened on 12 January 2021 and closed 5 March 2021.  Successful Applicants are expected to be announced in mid-2021. See more ...


Having WORKFORCE ISSUES? -Answer 5 questions

The Australian Government is looking to gain insight into current workforce issues across the various sectors, particularly with regard to job vacancies.


Workforce issues have been raised in the RDA Great Southern teleconferences with Minister Marino and other forums.  RDA Great Southern is aware there are a number of issues with businesses not being able to attract staff in areas prior to and post COVID.  In order to provide a whole of network response to government, we are seeking data and information to forward onto government to be used in policy and program development.


Should your business be experiencing workforce issues please complete the questionnaire below and feel free to forward to other businesses in your area.


  • Question 1. What is the name of your Business?
  • Question 2. Where is your Business?
  • Question 3. How many staff are you looking for?
  • Question 4. What positions are you looking for? (e.g. chef, bar staff) and full/part/seasonal position or skilled/unskilled
  • Question 5. Other comments, challenges etc. e.g. transport, accommodation, training, job conditions etc.


If you would please forward all information to admin@rdagreatsouthern.com.au by Tuesday 10th November. Thank you!




Regional Development Australia Great Southern (RDA-GS) is pleased to confirm it has received Federal Government funding to establish an independent Regional University Centre (RUC) in Albany following the announcement today by Federal Minister for Education the Hon Dan Tehan on the successful applicants in the current round of the RUC’s regional education initiative. Read more ...


Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

Round Four - for those in a drought-affected location - 5 June 2020

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, announced the successful applications for Round Four of the Building Better Regions Fund. Read more ...


COVID-19 Economic Response and Updates

Regional Development Australia WA have prepared a guide in an attempt to round up information to a single useful resource.  Read more ...