RDA Illawarra is an independent organisation.  We are neutral brokers who advocate across all levels of government for the growth of the Illawarra's economy.

We take a long-term perspective and advocate strategically for the future greater good of the Illawarra region.  We value our people, culture and sustainable development.

We advocate either directly, when commercial or other sensitivities are involved, or publicly through submissions and direct advocacy.

Submissions are made on most matters of economic significance to the Illawarra region.  Our submissions are listed below.

Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal

We are proud to announce that the Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal Prospectus was launched in October 2020 and is available here.

The Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal will deliver transformative change and 12,550 jobs to the regions.  Further information on the types of jobs, including over 2,000 for the Visitor Economy and the breakdown of high value-add jobs is provided in the briefing document here.

The City Deal Prospectus is the culmination of several years of work with our partners in a deeply collaborative way, led by RDA Illawarra.  This Collaborative group includes representatives from Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council, Illawarra Shoalhaven Joint Organisation of Councils, University of Wollongong, SMART Infrastructure Facility, RDA Far South Coast and the Peak Bodies of the Property Council, Illawarra Business Chamber and UDIA. 

The transformative range of proposed projects, when fully funded, will deliver a connected, diverse and resilient economy.  Not only will the Illawarra-Shoalhaven benefit, but this inter-regional proposal enables improved liveability and growth in South-Western Sydney, including Wollondilly and Campbelltown.

RDA Illawarra believes that an Illawarra-Shoalhaven City Deal could be a game-changer which enables our ability to work across all three levels of government and unlock economic potential.

For further information, contact Debra Murphy at

Draft Illawarra Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041


RDA Illawarra has provided a submission to the NSW Government on the Draft Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan 2041.

Our submission supports the broad range of objectives that the NSW Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment seeks to achieve through a coordinated land use strategy as outlined in the Plan. 

RDA Illawarra has made several observations and outlined where we can add value and wish to collaborate on the future direction of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Region.  Our submission also provides 14 specific recommendations on the Regional Plan which support future economic growth in the region. 




Wollongong City Council - Urban Development Framework (Draft) 2019

The Urban Development Framework (2019) provides one pathway to deliver the required commercial development, and RDA Illawarra strongly supports the economic objectives and 11 recommendations outlined in the Framework and its accompanying Economic Analysis.

The UDF outlines one approach to the next 20 years of infrastructure and economic development for Wollongong, though some of its recommendations, particularly the development a commercial-only core, are not without risk and will require political courage.


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