Roles & Responsibilities

RDA Murray will have 5 key strategic roles which, collectively, ensure that they achieve the outcomes required by governments.

1. Consultation and Engagement with the Community

engagementA core role for RDA Murray is to be a conduit between government and regional communities, facilitated through effective consultation and community.

RDA Murray will have extensive networks within their regions, including strong linkages with government and regional organisations.

They are expected to draw and build upon their regional networks, local knowledge and expertise.

RDA Murray will work with local communities to identify issues and opportunities, develop solutions and articulate priorities.

They are expected to initiate and participate in regional consultations and strategic planning on a range of issues, such as infrastructure, telecommunications, housing, health and ageing, education, skills development and high speed broadband.

Effective engagement also requires providing communities with feedback about the outcomes of consultations to which they have contributed.

As a conduit of information, RDA Murray will provide input to government on key issues, priorities and gaps in support.

RDA Murray will also identify and advise on opportunities to reduce duplication and streamline the delivery of programs, particularly those offered by the three levels of government to address a single issue or community group.

They are a mechanism for governments to tap into diverse perspectives and potential solutions, which will improve the quality of decisions.

RDA Murray will engage within the region including, for example, with local government, business, non profit organisations, Local Employment Co-ordinators, agriculture, health and education institutions, women, young people and students, Indigenous Australians, and people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

When engaging regional communities, RDA Murray will organise events that are easy for the target audience to attend and recognise the different preferences for engagement and communication across the community.

2. Informed Regional planning

Regional Plans describe the region,its strengths and weakness, and a long term- vision for development.

They will be informed by an understanding of government policies and initiatives, and the ways in

Regional plans describe the region, its strengths and weaknesses, and a long-term vision for development.

They are a contributor to the identification of regional goals and initiatives.

RDA Murray will be actively involved in regional planning.

Many government and non-government organisations in regional Australia have their own regional plan, which can be an area of duplication.

RDA Murray can facilitate a closer alignment between all levels of government, as well as between government and stakeholders, minimising this duplication and developing a consistent and comprehensive regional plan.

RDA Murray is expected to work closely with stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated approach to regional planning and development activities in their region.

RDA Murray is also expected to foster a coordinated and inclusive approach to regional development.

3. Whole-of-Government Activities

Whole-of-government refers to the Australian Government, New South Wales government and local government.

The whole-of-government policy approach is based on collaboration, regional needs, flexibility, accountability and leadership.

RDA Murray has a critical role in supporting this.

RDA Murray can be a first point of contact for information about Australian Government programs, services and initiatives and the source of consistent, reliable information from governments.

They will refer individuals or businesses to an appropriate source of information or advice, such as an agency or website.

As a first point of contact for Australian Government agencies wanting to consult in a region, RDA Murray will draw on their local knowledge to provide advice about stakeholders, issues and opportunities, recent consultations held and the outcomes, and other relevant government issues, initiatives and activities.

4. Promotion of Government Programs

RDA Murray is expected to promote Australian, New South Wales and local government programs and initiatives to regional stakeholders using a range of activities, such as information forums, emails and newsletters

This role will also involve RDA Murray providing input to governments on the regional impact of their policy agenda.

RDA Murray should provide information and advice to their communities about ways in which they can engage with government programs, policies and initiatives.

RDA Murray may work closely with stakeholders to develop applications for programs. This may include:

  • bringing stakeholders with the same interests together ; and
  • conducting grant-writing workshops.

5. Community and Economic Development

RDA Murray will participate in community development activities to increase the capacity of the region to meet the needs of its members. Community development also improves the capacity of the region to identify priorities, develop resilience and access the resources needed for sustainable social and economic development and environmental management.

RDA Murray is expected to promote economic and employment growth and contribute to business development and investment attraction. They should also assist the region to broaden its industry base and develop new products or markets, including export markets. Job creation and economic sustainability will be outcomes of this work.

A prosperous region is more able to support its community through the provision of jobs and services.

Social issues should also be a focus of RDA Murray. Social inclusion activities focus on programs for disadvantaged groups and facilitate social interaction, provide financial support, improve housing conditions, improve access to services, improve access to education and help unemployed people find jobs. RDA Murray will have a particular focus on "closing the gap" for Indigenous Australians.

Another focus in relation to economic development should be sustainability. This may include identifying environmental and climate change issues, identifying linkages between existing Australian and New South Wales government programs and initiatives, and developing strategies to bring together competing interests in the context of scarce resources.