As a part of the Regional Development Portfolio, we work in alignment with other Regional Development Commissions and state government to define and work towards set strategic priorities.

Guided by our 5 strategic priorities, we work to maintain and grow existing strengths, and identify opportunities to develop new endeavours within the Great Southern.

Among the key areas of strength and potential are primary production, premium foods, wine and other beverages. Many of the region’s jobs are in sectors such as education and training, healthcare and social assistance, and retail and hospitality. We see further potential in tourism, the creative industry, aquaculture, Noongar enterprises and film sectors.

Our priorities

Regional Liveability

Making our region a good place to live is critical for the wellbeing of regional residents, and underpins labour markets and community resilience.

Economic Development, Diversification and Innovation

Diversification must leverage existing strengths in resources, primary industries, and tourism, and seek to develop and support new industries and careers.

Climate Resilience and Low Carbon Transition

A changing climate alongside the global transition to a low carbon economy provide risks and significant opportunity for diversification and job growth in the Great Southern.

Aboriginal Empowerment and Prosperity

Partnerships and engagement with Aboriginal people, strong accountability and culturally responsive working will enable the region to realise a ‘future in which all Aboriginal people, families and communities are empowered to live good lives and choose their own future from a secure foundation’ (Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy 2021-2029).

Organisational Excellence

Success in regional development is determined by working together to deliver strategic initiatives and build organisational excellence.
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