Working in close partnership with fellow RDA Committees, all levels of government, and the private sector, RDA Committees will:

1. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to identify economic opportunities and leverage private and public sector investment to the regions;

2. Connect regional businesses, councils and industry sectors with international trade partners, financial markets and potential investors;

3. Promote and disseminate information on Australian Government policies and grant programs to state and local governments and industry, business and community sectors;

4. Support community stakeholders to develop project proposals to access funding;

5. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the local government bodies in their regions;

6. Facilitate public and private sector decentralisation;

7. Assist in the delivery of Australian Government programs, where relevant and where requested by the Minister;

8. Engage with regional entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders to explore new opportunities to grow local jobs in their regions;

9. Provide information on their region’s activities and competitive advantages to all levels of government, industry, business and community sectors; and

10. Provide evidence‐based advice to the Australian Government on critical regional development issues positively and negatively affecting their regions.

Establishing Priority Projects

The first stage of this process is the Peel Region Action Plan. This is designed to support the implementation of the Blueprint by:

– Prescribing key initiatives and projects for the region identified from various sources, including Community Strategic Plans, other stakeholder derived strategies and plans and extensive consultation;

– Aligning these projects to Objectives and strategies in the Blueprint;

– Monitoring progress in development and implementation of the individual projects.

The plan is updated bi-annually and is available at https://www.rdapeel.org.au/economic-development/

When initiatives identified in the Peel Region Action Plan develop to the stage that a business case or other financial analysis showing a beneficial return on investment has been completed they become projects.

A template to assist proponents develop their project and business case is available at https://www.rdapeel.org.au/economic-development/

Projects are assessed by the RDA Peel Committee using the Priority Project Assessment Matrix  available at https://www.rdapeel.org.au/economic-development/ to determine their priority for investment.

Projects assessed as High Priority are entered into the Peel Priority Projects Plan and RDA negotiates and implements an Advocacy Plan in partnership with the proponent to encourage Government and other investment.

The Advocacy Plan is then implemented by RDA Peel in partnership with the proponent.