Regional Development Australia Adelaide - 11 Successes


Regional Development Australia (RDA) is an Australian Government initiative that aims to enhance growth and strengthen the regional communities of Australia and plays a pivotal role in ensuring sustainability of Australia's regions.


In South Australia, Regional Development Australia is a partnership between the Australian Government, Government,  South Australia and the Local Government Association of South Australia on behalf of its members.

The Regional Development Australia initiative is delivered through 55 entities nationally, with 8 entities (i.e. 7 regional and 1 Adelaide metropolitan) established in South Australia.

The RDA Adelaide region is serviced by Regional Development Australia Adelaide, which is funded solely by the Australia Government.

RDA Adelaide Guiding Principles:
This year’s Business Plan has been developed with both a broader project partnership strategy and a higher focus on economic development. This plan reviews a variety of information including data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, key Federal, State and Local Government planning reports such as the report Building Stronger Regional Communities Budget Outcomes. Additionally, the plan engaged a multi-discipline consultation process with key stakeholders to identify pivotal issues and short list of 2015-16 projects.

Video of region (Click the thumbnail to view the video)

Building Better Regions Grant

Round Three Announcements

  • Round Three will open for applications on 15 January 2016 and close at 5pm applicant’s local time on 15 March 2016.
  • Information sessions for potential Round Three applicants will be conducted in each State and Territory between 18 and 29 January 2016.  We will provide details to you this week of where and when these sessions will be held.
  • The Guidelines for Round Three and a Summary of Changes is now available on the Department’s webpage at  Further guidance will be available prior to the Round opening.
  • Queries should be directed via email to the NSRF mailbox

1. Playford Council Grant

RDA Adelaide is pleased to announce that The city of Playford has been successful with an $2,752,500 application to the NSRF Grant for the purposes of a $5,505,000 Construction of 12 mixed-use allotments within the Playford Central Business District, all of which will be suitable for commercial, retail or residential development. The project will also upgrade the streetscape and function of Playford Boulevard to improve pedestrian and traffic flows and to provide an attractive space for community activities at Elizabeth.

Photo: Mayor Glenn Docherty (right) showing RDA Adelaide CEO Kenneth Taplin (centre) touring a super school in northern Adelaide

2. Flinders University Spill Over Research briefing was supported by funding from RDA Adelaide

The suite of maritime defence projects is among the most sophisticated engineering endeavours ever undertaken in Australia. As well as providing highly desirable and strategically valuable opportunities for Australian industry participation, major defence projects demand highly skilled and qualified people. They also generate a range of spillovers, which are economic and social benefits that cannot be easily captured by the firms directly involved in the delivery of a major project. This includes knowledge, technologies, enterprise capabilities and workforce skills developed or applied during the course of a major defence project that have commercial application.

Click here to download the AITI Briefing reoprt.

3. New RDA Mentoring Project

Click here to download the RDA Adelaide SAYES Mentoring Project reoprt.

4. SA Aviation Museum Grant

RDA Adelaide is pleased to announce that SA Aviation Museum has been offered a $205,000 Grant for the $410,000 NSRF New Display Hangar. The outcomes of this project are the provision of the opportunity to acquire new iconic aircraft, and particularly RAAF disposals requiring covered display space and the increase in visitor numbers and expenditure in Port Adelaide

5. AEIOU Grant

RDA Adelaide is pleased to announce that AEIOU have been offered a $891,139 NSRF Grant for the $1,873,652 Early Intervention Centre project.

The project will establish a purpose built autism early intervention centre to provide vital education & support services to Adelaide & surrounding communities.

The centre will provide up to 40 full-time placements for children with autism (aged 2-6) in North Brighton SA).

6. Freight Terminal Grant

A new intermodal freight terminal will be established in Penfield, South Australia which will create hundreds of jobs, take trucks off local roads and cut transport costs for the state’s businesses. Click here to read more.

7. Leukaemia Foundation Grant

Patient Village To Help Fight Against Leukaemia. Click here to read more.

8. University of Adelaide Grant Assistance

In 2013 RDA Adelaide was an early adopter that invested seed funding to the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology (CET) to identify and develop opportunities to establish an Australian Centre for Energy Storage. Following extensive consultation with industry, government stakeholders and funding bodies this work resulted in the development of a detailed funding proposal to establish the Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank. The $3.26M project “Establishing the Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank” was awarded a $1.44M grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and commenced in May 2015. The project brings together partners SA Power Networks, Solar Storage Australia, the South Australian Government and the Energy Networks Association, who are collectively contributing $650,000 towards the project, as well as local integration specialists Power and Drive Solutions and ZEN Energy Systems who are providing in-kind support.

Led by Associate Professor Nesimi Ertugrul, the project will develop a mobile energy storage test facility and an online knowledge bank. The new knowledge bank will act as a central repository of energy storage expertise, bringing together reports and case studies, along with information on regulation, reliability, safety, operation and performance of energy storage systems in Australia. The new mobile facility will be able to conduct independent simulated and field testing of energy storage technologies and generate high resolution data for the knowledge bank. The Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank project is set to build industry confidence in energy storage technologies and has the potential to accelerate investment in grid connected and remote locations, particularly where there are high levels of renewable energy generation. The Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank is the first major step in expanding the University of Adelaide’s capability in energy storage. CET would like to thank RDA Adelaide for catalysing this opportunity, which without their support would not have been possible.

9. Grant Writer Workshops for Staff from Council & Industry

RDA Adelaide is proud to partner with BEC Australia to offer Grant/Investment Attraction Workshops. These workshops, and those previously held at RDA Adelaide have had 220 attendees from the council, small business and not for profit sector. The current Investment Attraction workshops will be held in the RDA Adelaide region, hosted by partner (BECA) for SME-NFP-Council staff and stakeholders that are invited to learn and share better Grant and Investment Attraction techniques. The project has important cross-region opportunity benefits with a main outcome to increase the likelihood that stakeholders gain investment in the region. The feedback has been very positive regarding an increase in capability regarding the following focus, Investment Attraction, Economic Development Other Government Programs. For more information or a copy of the key learnings report please contact

Photo: Workshop attendees: Melissa from the Marion and Ian from Onkaparinga Councils

10. EDA Knowledge Bank Project

RDA Adelaide is proud to partner with Economic Development Australia (SA) for the project, Economic Development Knowledge Bank that will assist Economic Development in the region.

The project objectives include strong support for EDA members/Council staff working in the economic development sector. The partnership has been formed to create a Knowledge Bank that will add value to information to region stakeholders to assist the economic development activity in the region with the latest shared information and blogs regarding best practice techniques..

The main outcome will be to increase the opportunities for region stakeholders to gain Economic Development and investment activity, the project also has a cross-region opportunity benefits and a link back to the RDA Adelaide web site that also shares other government programme information.

Photo: Launch of the EDA (SA) Knowledge Bank: (left) Chairperson Ms Skana Gallery and (right) RDA Adelaide Chairperson Dr. Felicity-ann Lewis

11. RDA Adelaide and LGA (SA) Collaboration

RDA Adelaide is proud to partner with LGA (SA) for the purposes of developing an Economic Development project, which also has a cross-region opportunity benefits.

This project partnership will add value to the LGA (SA) Shandong business development programme. The LGA and partners will host representatives from Shandong China who will visit SA for a number of meetings including business to business and business to government.

Photo: RDA Adelaide Chairperson Dr. Felicity-ann Lewis with visitors from Shandong China


Disclaimer: This report was produced by Regional Development Australia, Adelaide Metropolitan Incorporated and does not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government, its officers, employees or agents. Its contents reflects information gained from consultations with stakeholders nominated by RDA Adelaide, supplemented with a strategic review of additional material, issues and representations provided by the officers and committee members of RDA Adelaide. While due care has been taken in the presentation and interpretation of this information, no warranty of completeness, accuracy or reliability is given in relation to the statements or material presented in this document, or to the representations made by staff, contributing parties or personnel involved or consulted as part of the Plan development process. Other than the responsibility owned to RDA Adelaide, neither any member, employee or officer undertakes responsibility arising in any way from the reliance placed on this document by a third party. Any such reliance is that third party’s sole responsibility.