Unite yourself with an influential and active community who are passionate about regional Australia

Despite being one of Australia’s greatest contributors of economic income, regional Australia faces a lack of resources, funding and limited accessibility. Without a platform to share concerns, challenges and opportunities we will not be able to unlock the possibilities of our nation’s regional areas. It is clear that action needs to be taken now in order to advance our region’s economic, social and environmental processes.

We understand how passionate and dedicated you are in being an active member of this community. Discover the most effective steps to take to strengthen and advance your piece of regional Australia.

Designed to place the spot light on rural Australia, the Australian Regional Development Conference is committed to helping advance and grow regional areas. This is why we have – and will continue to source some of the most influential leaders in regional development. Our program will provide you with the latest research, projects and experiences to equip you with the resources you need to prosper.

Australia’s regions are integral to our values, identity and economic prosperity

Hear insight, gain resources and discover how you can help put regional Australia on the map

Connect with professionals like you who are actively involved in advancing regional Australia, from renowned keynote speakers and industry workers through to government, academics, researchers and individual business owners.

Gain insight into:

Business and industry progression in a regional or rural area
Resources and support available for Australia’s regional areas
Creating greater tight-knit communities
Behind-the-scenes development challenges and successes of individuals, businesses, communities and industries
Discovering what other regional and rural areas are doing to advance and progress

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Keynote Speakers

Mr Mark Jamieson, Mayor, Sunshine Coast Council – invited
The Hon Michael McCormack, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development – invited
Mr Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman & CEO, GFG Alliance – invited
Mr Paris Aristotle, Chair, The Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC) – confirmed
Ms Gabrielle Chan, Author, Rusted Off – confirmed

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.

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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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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.