The GSDC’s activities are guided by its statutory responsibilities under the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993. The Act provides that the Commission’s objects are to:
- Maximise job creation and improve career opportunities in the region
- Develop and broaden the economic base of the region
- Identify infrastructure services to promote economic and social development within the region
- Provide information and advice to promote business development within the region
- Seek to ensure that the general standard of government services and access to those services in the region is comparable to that which applies in the metropolitan area
- Generally take steps to encourage, promote, facilitate and monitor the economic development in the region.
In pursuit of these objects, the GSDC has developed a Strategic Directions document to guide its activities from 2014 to 2020.
The Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint is the key document to inform strategic investment decisions in the region, and is referred to by the GSDC and public, private and not-for-profit entities.
In practice, the main work of the Commission entails region-wide strategic planning, helping to advance major projects in the region, administering grant programs and other funding as determined from time to time by the State Government.
The GSDC has a direct role in a wide variety of current projects and a range of ancillary activities that contribute to the development of the region and its people.