Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra has an active and facilitative role in the Illawarra region, with a clear focus on growing a strong and confident regional economy that harnesses competitive advantages, seizes on economic opportunities and attracts investment.

RDA Illawarra Board and staff are neutral brokers across all levels of government, community and business for the growth of the Illawarra's economy (including Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama LGAs). 

RDA Illawarra is an independent organisation with a Board of 14 local leaders. We are active and facilitative across local, state and federal levels of Government and regional stakeholders.  We are part of a national network of 55 RDAs, largely funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

RDA Illawarra operates under the RDA Charter administered by the Minister for Regional Development. The Charter provides a framework for driving a strong, confident and vibrant region.

We collaborate with regional stakeholders and peak bodies, such as Invest Wollongong, Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation of Councils, Illawarra Business Chamber, Destination Sydney South Surrounds, Destination Wollongong, Property Council, UDIA and the University of Wollongong.