Regional Development Australia: The Conference 2014

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open 29th August 2013
  • Abstracts close: 28th April 2014
  • Notification to Authors: 5th May 2014
  • Author Acceptances: 19th May 2014
  • Draft Program available: 30th May 2014
  • End of Early Bird 4th September 2014
  • Conference Dates 15th-16th October 2014


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Award Judges

Cameron Little, Lecturer, University of New South Wales

Susan Benedyka, Founder and Managing Director of The Regional Development Company Pty Ltd (RDC)

Tony McBurney, Director, Integrated Design Group

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The conference is open to all academics but particularly to early career researchers who are currently undertaking an academic degree, post-doctoral studies or are in the early years of their career. More information available December 2013.

Sponsors, Exhibitors & Supporters


Charles Sturt University

Bendigo Bank   Albury City

Regional Development Company

National Rural Law and Justice Alliance
Association for Sustainability in Business
Liveable Cities RDA- Orana
RSA Urban Design Australia
Adult Learning Australia

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Regional Development Australia: The Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 - 16 October 2014.

Regional Development - Where to from here?

Australia’s sustainability and future are reliant on the development of regional areas. Some regional areas are flourishing and others are struggling. Through innovation, collaboration and sharing there has been progress in many regional communities. This conference “where to from here” will provide equal focus to the advancement of economic and social outcomes for regional Australia.

Economic, Planning, Environment and Community Development 

The Australian Regional Development Conference will focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development. The aim of the conference is to advance economic and social outcomes for regional Australia. The conference provides the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of regional Australia.

The conference will address

  • Economic development opportunities for business and job creation
  • Social inclusion issues of unemployment; education completion rates, health delivery and community development
  • Planning and building challenges of land use application, refurbishment and renewal in a regional setting
  • Sustainability and liveable communities principles
  • How to meet the challenging in uncertain times; climate change, population shifts, natural disasters, droughts, mining boom and agriculture adjustments
  • Infrastructure challenges for freight to distribute products from regional Australia to urban and overseas export markets

Regional Australia is closing the regional-urban divide in many ways. The Australian Regional Development Conference is being held in the Albury-Wodonga area. The twin-cities of Albury-Wodonga were New South Wales and Victorias' top entry for liveable cities based on housing affordability, health and a sense of community according to the Suncorp Bank Family Friendly Index.


  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Planning and Building with focus on small inland town, regional cities and coastal developments
  • Social and recreation developments - cultural, sporting, historic precincts and services
  • Economic development of major regional industries including agriculture, mining and tourism
  • Community Service Delivery with a focus on health, housing affordability/access and special attention to aged care services
  • Employment -  job creation, skilled migration and unemployment
  • Education and Training – regional universities and vocational training
  • Government - policy, funding and evaluation
  • Infrastructure and Transport stream - Road Freight, Rail, shipping and ports, regional airports/airlines, passengers services,  
  • Digital – broadband technology, colocation of services

Conference Advisory Committee includes


Invited Keynotes include:

  • The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development (invited)

Confirmed Keynotes include:

  • Associate Professor Trevor Budge AM, Manager, Strategy City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus 
  • Adjunct Professor Tony Sorensen, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England
  • Professor John Cole, Executive Director, Institute for Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland
  • Professor Y. Jay Guo, Research Director, Smart and Secure Infrastructure, Digital Productivity and Services National Flagship, CSIRO
  • Mark Glover, Principal, Renewed Carbon
  • Professor Kate Auty, The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria and Chair, National Rural Law and Justice Alliance
  • Sylvia Burbery, General Manager, MARS Petcare Australia
  • Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Ai Group

Who Should Attend

  • Federal and state representatives and politicians
  • Regional leaders, Regional communities and local government
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Local government representatives mayors, general managers and economic development managers
  • Special Interest Groups on regional development organisations
  • Consultants with a regional focus, project managers
  • Chamber of Commerce representatives  
  • Regionally-focused corporate organisations
  • Educational institutions
  • Academics with a regional focus
  • Key decision makers in regional development
  • Corporate leaders interested in developing relationships in Regional Australia

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Delegates will have access to an extensive range of topics over a comprehensive 2 day program including Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Posters.