Looking for the right connections to help grow your region?

The Australian Regional Development Conference is one of the very few that bring academics, practitioners, policy makers, community leaders and Australia’s quiet achievers into one purposeful forum.

Over two days, you will gain insight, tools and resources you need to strengthen and advance your community. Influential leaders who are invested in the greater regional movement will highlight a variety of innovative achievements, missed opportunities and potential for growth.

Make the connections you need to preserve the Australian way of life by networking with like-minded professionals.

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.

Important Dates

Abstracts close: Friday 24 May 2019

Draft program: Monday 1 July 2019

Award submissions close: Friday 26 July 2019

Early bird registrations close: Friday 9 August 2019


We understand the importance of strengthening projects taking place within your regional area.

From development through to community initiatives, your work deserves to be highlighted.

You ought to have a platform to connect with fellow leaders, meet with workers and gain insight into the developments taking place in regional areas just like yours. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for growth, development and the insight to continue growing your piece of regional Australia.


Professor John Rolfe, Professor of Regional Economic Development, CQ University
Ms Gabrielle Chan, Author, Rusted Off
Mr Paris Aristotle, Chair, The Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC)
Mr Paris Aristotle, Chair, The Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC)

Invited 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

We recognise what you have been able to achieve through sheer tenacity and wit, and in doing so, encouraging others to make a real difference in their own locality.

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 would love to hear from you.

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

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

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

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View keynote speakers, biographies, presentation topics and agenda for the 2019 Australian Regional Development Conference.