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Our Initiatives

Our initiatives are determined by our Strategic Framework and Priorities 2017-2020 which identifies key priorities for economic, regional development and other issues affecting the Central West. Major projects undertaken by RDA Central West include:

E-Commerce in China MasterclassE-commerce in China

The E-Commerce in China Project is a collaboration between RDA Central West, NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, developed to increase the skills and confidence of NSW agribusinesses to engage in e-commerce trade opportunities in China. Read more



Small Agricultural Enterprise LogisticsAg SME Logistics Workshop - paddock to plate

This report outlines the challenges for small agricultural agri-food producers in the region in getting their product from paddock to plate, and the collaborative business model which was developed as a result of a incubator-style workshop to overcome this. Read more


Inland RailParkes Inland Rail

RDA Central West has commissioned a report on the Inland Rail: Central West NSW Regional Economic Analysis on the potential impact of the proposed Inland Rail. Read more


Farming for the FutureFarming for the Future Skills Needs Analysis

RDA Central West has commissioned a report to understand the changing skills and knowledge needs arising from new and innovative approaches to farming, through conducting a skills needs analysis into beef, sheep/lamb or horticultural enterprises based in Central West NSW. Read More


Value Adding to Agriculture in Central West NSWAgritechnology

This report reviews trends in agricultural value adding and opportunities in Central West NSW, with particular focus on five identified categories including biotechnology, digital technology, processing and packaging, branding and marketing, and collaboration and cooperatives. Read more


TelecommunicationsTelecommunications RDA Central West

RDA Central West is currently undertaking a project to optimise telecommunications outcomes for Central West NSW, given the ongoing rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Read more


Invest NSW Central West


investnswcentralwest.com.au highlights opportunities for investment within the central west region of NSW.

This new website launched by RDA Central West provides a whole of region perspective for people considering investing in the region either as a new venture, relocating a business or expanding an existing one.


NSW Central West Region Export/Import Contribution Study 2014RDA-Central-West---Export-Import-Study-Cover-2014

RDA Central West commissioned this study to better understand the import/export dynamics of the Central West region and the future opportunities these present for the region’s economic development, future investment and job growth. Read more


NSW Central West Freight Study 2014RDACW-Freight-Study-Cover-2014

This Freight Study provides an account of the freight task and freight movements within and through the Central West NSW. It highlights constraints and opportunities within the freight logistics chain. The report considers possible freight network improvements and provides guidance on the benefits to the region of these improvements. Read more


Agribusiness Today ForumAgribusiness Today Forum RDA Central West

Agribusiness Today is an annual Forum held in partnership with Charles Sturt University and RDA Central West. The Forums are for regional producers and the Agribusiness sector and provide expert speakers on domestic and international markets, improving productivity and sustainability and increasing market opportunities. Read more


Infrastructure PrioritiesOrange Health Service Central West NSW

Identifying priority infrastructure requirements for the region is key to building a stronger economy. Infrastructure enables communities and businesses to realise opportunities for improved productivity and growth. Ensuring that we have well designed infrastructure with sufficient capacity and flexibility to support the needs of a growing population is an important part of the work that we do at RDA Central West. Read more


Economic Development Officer’s Forum

RDA Central West co-ordinates the quarterly meetings of the region’s Economic Development Officer’s (EDO) Forum. This network comprises EDOs and other regional stakeholders with an interest in regional economic development in the Central NSW region. The Forum is largely for information sharing and knowledge and capacity building and provides the opportunity for members to hear presentations from a range of agencies on issues impacting on the region.


Central West SkillsCentral West Education, Skills and Industry

RDA Central West facilitated a whole-of-government response to the skills issue, resulting in the Skills Central West Project in 2012. Read more