Regional Development Commissions

 

Regional Development Commissions

The objectives of the Regional Development Commissions (RDCs) are to:

  • maximise job creation and improve career opportunities in the region;
  • develop and broaden the economic base of the region;
  • identify infrastructure services needed to promote economic and social development within the region;
  • provide information and advice to promote business development within the region;
  • seek to ensure that the general standard of government services and access to those services in the region is comparable to that which applies in the metropolitan area; and
  • generally take steps to encourage, promote, facilitate and monitor the economic development in the region.

There are nine (9) Regional Development Commissions with 21 offices in Western Australia:

 

Review of Regional Development Commission functions and responsibilities

The Economic and Expenditure Reform Committee (EERC) made a request to the Minister for Regional ​Development in March 2010, to conduct a review of the functions and responsibilities of Regional Development Commissions (RDCs) and to report back to the EERC before the 2010-11 mid-year review.

More information is available in the terms of reference below, including:

  • Background information
  • Scope of review
  • Members
  • Reporting requirements
  • Terms of reference

The review of the functions and responsibilities of the Regional Development Commissions has been completed and was noted by Cabinet on 13 December 2010. View media statement.

 

Comment on implementation of the review recommendations

Public comment on the implementation of the review recommendations is now closed. The report and related documents are available below:

  • Full Report: Structure regional development for the future: A review of functions and responsibilities of Regional Development Commissions, November 2010
  • Report Attachments:
    The factual correctness of some parts of the PricewaterhouseCoopers report contained in the Attachment Report has been questioned by Regional Development Commissions (RDC) and the Review Committee wishes to acknowledge those concerns. The report was noted by the Committee as part of its proceedings. The concerns raised would, in any event, not have led to any different conclusions than were reached, which was independent of the report.
     
    Of particular note was the data contained in the table contained on page 40 of the report, whose source was the KPMG Governance Review and Fraud Risk Assessment of the nine RDCs. The data contained in the table relating to the Peel and Pilbara Development Commissions was incorrect.
  • Summary Report: Structure regional development for the future: A review of functions and responsibilities of Regional Development Commissions, November 2010
  • Briefing on the review of Regional Development Commissions, November 2010

 

Review contact

Martin Clifford 

Manager, Research and Reform

Policy and Planning

+61 8 6552 2038
Free call: 1800 620 511 (country only).