Regional Centres Development Plan


Regional Centres Development Plan


A network of competitive, growing and resilient regional centres

The Regional Centres Development Plan (RCDP) is a State Government initiative to support the economic development and growth of the 20 regional centres of greatest strategic importance to Western Australia's economy and regional communities.

The objectives of RCDP are:

  1.  Strengthen the capabilities of Western Australia's strategic regional centres to drive long run investment, business and employment growth.
  2. Accommodate regional population growth that is generated by Western Australia's long run economic growth.
  3. Support the efficient and effective delivery of the Western Australian Government's regional development effort and investment. 

The RCDP Framework provides further background on the Regional Centres and Pilbara Cities programs that support the implementation of RCDP.


Vital economic and community hubs

Western Australia's network of 20 strategic regional centres, identified in the State Planning Strategy as Regional Centres and Sub-regional Centres, are vital hubs for the state's economy and communities. They are global gateways in and out of their regions, and are the highest concentrations of regional people and businesses. Regional centres not only include their urban core but their broader economic hinterland known as their economic activity area.

RCDP builds the capability of these regional centres to drive their economic development and growth through three programs.

The Regional Centres Program is the latest phase, and supports Albany, Broome, Busselton, Carnarvon, Greater Bunbury, Greater Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra and Mandurah.

The State Government already provides support to Karratha and Port Hedland through the Pilbara Cities Program, and supports Boddington, Collie, Esperance, Jurien Bay, Northam, Manjimup, Margaret River, Morawa and Northam.


What's involved?

RCDP builds the economic capability of regional centres through the establishment of strategic economic partnerships based in the communities known as Growth Plan Partnerships (Partnerships). These partnerships provide a forum for business, government, academic and community stakeholders with an interest in a Regional Centre's economic development to work together to shape its economic future.

The Growth Plan Partnerships and their associated Growth Plans address the range of economic development themes which are tailored to their regional centres and their industries:

  • Strategic positioning of the regional centre and its growth industries in the global economy
  • Business and industry development, supporting existing or emerging industries that will drive investment, business and job growth into the future

  • Human capital development, including innovation and entrepreneurship, and skills and education

  • Place development, including hard and soft infrastructure that supports economic growth

  • Leadership and collaboration required to drive growth and new ways of working.

The Growth Plan Partnerships and Growth Plans provide a platform for the regional centres to identify, promote and facilitate investment from a range of sources including the private sector.


Building partnerships for growth

RCDP is being driven by the Regional Development Council, which is the peak advisory body to the Western Australian Government on regional development issues.

The Growth Plan Partnerships will be kick-started by the Regional Development Commissions and Local Governments for each regional centre. It is their role to invite other stakeholders with a strategic interest in the economic development of their regional centre, including business, to join the partnership.

As business drives growth, regional centres are encouraged to pursue a business-led approach in the development and implementation of their Growth Plans, which means business must be strongly represented on the Growth Plan Partnership.

It also means that regional centres need to build on their strengths by focusing on existing or emerging industries that will generate the strongest growth for their communities.  Business needs to drive the process, and through the Growth Plan Partnership foster the conditions that attract talent and investment and enable entrepreneurs, firms and industries to thrive.


Accessing support

In Stage 1 of the Regional Centres Program, Broome, Greater Bunbury, Greater Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder have already shared in $7.5 million though the Royalties for Regions program to establish Growth Plan Partnerships and develop Growth Plans and prospectuses. Their Growth Plans will be available in 2017.

In Stage 2, Albany, Busselton, Carnarvon, Kununurra and Mandurah have the opportunity to share in $8.5 million and will commence establishing their Partnerships and developing their Growth Plans in 2017.

To access the funding the Stage 2, regional centres must first establish a Partnership with all of the relevant stakeholders with an strategic interest in the economic development of the regional centre, and work out the details of how they will go about preparing their Growth Plan. Once that is complete, specific funding allocations will be made to each regional centre.


Portal to the Regional Centres and their Growth Plan Partnerships and Growth Plans

You can find more information at the links below:


Stage 1

Broome Kimberley Development Commission, Shire of Broome or

Greater BunburySouth West Development Commission, City of Bunbury, Shire of Capel, Shire of Dardanup or Shire of Harvey

Greater Geraldton Midwest Development Commission or City of Greater Geraldton

Kalgoorlie - Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission or City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder


Stage 2

Albany – Great Southern Development Commission or City of Albany

Busselton –  South West Development Commission or City of Busselton

Carnarvon –  Gascoyne Development Commission or Shire of Carnarvon

Kununurra –  Kimberley Development Commission or Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley

Mandurah – Peel Development Commission or City of Mandurah


Want to find out more?

For more information about the Regional Centres Development Plan, contact the Department of Regional Development, or relevant Regional Development Commission or Local Government of each Regional Centre.