Regional Development Australia Far South Coast (RDA FSC) is developing partnerships with all levels of government and communities to enhance the growth and development of the South Coast to build a connected, innovative and sustainable region.



The Albanese Government’s vision for regional Australia is one of strong, connected regions that shape our economic growth and wellbeing; are resilient and responsive to economic and environmental shocks; are inclusive, vibrant and diverse. Regions that our First Nations people have every opportunity to engage in and shape, and where people, businesses and investments thrive.


Regional Development Australia Committees (RDAs) are critical to the delivery of this vision, including supporting the successful implementation of the Australian Government’s Regional Investment Framework (RIF), which will guide a more coordinated approach to regional development, underpinned by local engagement.


RDAs play a role in helping to drive economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship in regions through facilitating investment in community, industry and the environment. RDAs assist to bridge the regional development gaps in regions by working with a broad range of stakeholders across sectors and supporting the delivery of identified Australian Government strategic priorities.


As representatives of their local communities, RDAs will:

• Focus their activities and strategy on delivery of the RIF in their region, including investment in people, places, services, and industries and local economies

• Support regional stakeholders, including local government and the not-for-profit-sector, to seek grant opportunities that advance strategic regional priorities

• Support decarbonisation efforts and the transformation to a net zero economy and enable regional linkages between sectors to achieve these aims

• Build the evidence for economic development, including innovation and diversification strategies

• Facilitate meaningful engagement across the three levels of government to ensure investments deliver better outcomes for regions, and

• Contribute relevant data and local intelligence to support the evidence base to inform regional development strategies, program design and policy responses.


RDAs use their local, cross-sector expertise and regional voice to:

• Collaborate with integrity, transparency, respect and accountability

• engage with diverse communities, especially First Nations people

• Support the Government’s ambition of ‘no one held back and no one left behind’, and

• Support gender equality opportunities in their regions.

Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories 28 July 2023


Collaborating with other RDA Committees, all levels of government and the private sector, RDA Committees will:


Co-ordinate the development of a strategic regional plan, or work with suitable existing regional plans that will align with the Commonwealth’s regional priorities.



Promote greater regional awareness of and engagement with Australian Government policies, grant programs and research.




Facilitate regional economic development outcomes, investment, local procurement and jobs.


Improve Commonwealth regional policy making by providing intelligence and evidence-based advice to the Australian Government on regional development issues.

Find out more about RDA by visiting the national RDA website or email rda@infrastructure.gov.au

Our Committee

Rob Pollock


Dr Catherine Dale

Acting Deputy Chair

Our Staff

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Regional Development: Fiona Hatcher
Manager: Program Delivery and Migration: Lily Hatcher
Regional Investment Officer (JBT): Lily Hatcher

Research Officer: TBA

Migration Support/Administration Officer: TBA


The geographic area of responsibility for RDA –FSC covers the three LGAs of Shoalhaven City, Eurobodalla Shire and Bega Valley Shire.

Click on the pdfs below for information on the region as a whole, and each individual LGA.

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