About Us

About Us

Regional Development Australia


RDA Southern Inland is part of a national network of 55 Regional Development Australia committees across Australia. These committees are made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of regional Australia.

RDA Southern Inland is jointly funded by the Commonwealth government and the NSW government and is its operations are administered by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Australia.

All RDA committees undertake five core functions:

  • Consult and engage with the community;
  • Support informed regional planning – including the development of a strategic regional plan;
  • Promote whole-of-government activities;
  • Promote government programs; and
  • Facilitate community and economic development.

Learn more about Regional Development Australia.

Our Region

RDA Southern Inland works across a region that takes in seven local government areas in the south-east of NSW, encompassing 8,000 square kilometres of NSW land area. It is uniquely located between the two biggest population centres and domestic economies in Australia - Sydney and Melbourne, and surrounds the Australia Capital Territory. 

RDA Southern Inland includes the following local government areas: 


Upper Lachlan


Yass Valley

Goulburn Mulwaree


Snowy Monaro

RDA Southern Inland Vision

The Southern Inland will be aware, informed and dynamic – working together to plan and build a sustainable future. 







RDA Southern Inland Committee

RDA Southern Inland Committee Member, Councillor Sue Whelan

The RDA Southern Inland Committee is comprised of people from across the Southern Inland region with a variety of backgrounds and skills, from local government, business and the community - each sharing a commitment to regional development.

Meet the RDA Southern Inland Committee

Insight into the Southern Inland Regional of NSW

Our Insight document is a great place to get a quick snapshot of the Southern Inland region. This document is designed to promote discussion and provide an overview of the unique investment opportunities to be realised here. 

Download a copy of Insight into the Southern Inland Region

Find out more about investing in Southern Inland NSW





Regional Certifying Body

RDA Southern Inland is a regional certifying body. We certify Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Visa applications and sponsor State Sponsored Migration (489) Visa applicants. 

Visit our Regional Migration page

Regional Priorities

We have identifed six regional priorites. These priorities address major regional issues and align with local, state and federal government policy settings and funding programs. Focussing on regional priorities is the most efficient way to achieve our Vision.

Regional Development Planning

We ensure informed planning at all levels guides the strategic and sustainable development of the region. Learn more.

Education, Employment & Investment

We deliver our own projects and work with partner agencies to promote education and strong regional economies.  Learn more

Transport - Infrastructure & Services

We contribute to transport planning and work with partner agencies to improve transport infrastructure and delivery.  Learn more

Regional Food

We support regional food networks and promote local food  production, processing, marketing and consumption and food and wine tourism.  Learn more.

Digital Economy Transition

We assist businesses and community organisations to embrace the digital economy.  Learn more.

Living & Working Sustainably

We support the region’s renewable energy sector and promote sustainability practices in the workplace and community.  Learn more.