Discover the most effective steps to take to strengthen and advance your piece of regional Australia

It can be frustrating knowing that regional Australia is one of the greatest contributors of economic income for our country, yet fails to be prioritised in terms of funding and resources. Because of this, many regional areas struggle to advance their economic, social and environmental processes.

The Australian Regional Development Conference is committed to helping advance and grow regional areas. You’ll hear from influential leaders in regional development who will provide you with the latest research, projects and experiences to equip you with the resources you need to prosper.

Over two days, you will listen to and connect with a variety of experienced industry professionals, leaving you with the insight you need to strengthen and advance your piece of regional Australia.

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Mr Paris Aristotle, Chair, The Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC)
Ms Gabrielle Chan, Author, Rusted Off

Invited Keynote Speakers

Mr Mark Jamieson, Mayor, Sunshine Coast Council
The Hon Michael McCormack, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Mr Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman & CEO, GFG Alliance

Your 3 Step Conference Plan


In less than 5 minutes you’ll be closer to the knowledge and insight you need.


Too much to see? Relax, you’ll receive all presentation notes and audio recordings.


Leave feeling inspired to advance regional and rural communities.

Become a Presenter

Join our suite of speakers by sharing insight and become part of a greater regional movement.
Whether you have research, developments or experience in helping to advance regional Australia, we’d love to hear from you.

What Delegates Say

I came away from the conference feeling so enthusiastic having gained so much knowledge on regional issues, and how people / councils / government are working to improve rural and regional Australia to become a better place to live and work for everyone

Delegate 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 ARDC. Now that we have identified the issues its all about how do we influence change.

Delegate 2018

One of friendliest conferences I've been to. Wide diversity of topics explored.

Delegate 2017

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