DEDJTR's Regional Economic Development and Services Review

Published: 17 November 2015

Report now available

The External Advisory Board has considered the input of individuals, community groups, councils, and industry leaders about what matters most to people living and working in regional Victoria in providing this report to Government.

Regional Economic Development and Services Review report 9484-DEDJTR-REDS-Review-Document.pdf (PDF 2312.67 KB)PDF icon
Regional Economic Development and Services Review report Regional-Statement.docx (DOCX 1844.76 KB)DOCX icon

The Victorian Government carefully considered all of the recommendations in the Regional Review and has responded with Victoria's Regional Statement, which outlines the Government's vision for and commitment to regional Victoria.  

The Regional Statement acquits all of the 'high priority' recommendations in the Review and draws upon the input from stakeholders that was gathered throughout the consultation process.

The Regional Statement is available to download from the Regions Victoria website.


On 12 February the Minister for Regional Development announced a review into the Department of Economic Development's regional service delivery model and the best policies to drive economic growth in regional Victoria.

The Victorian Government is committed to driving sustainable economic growth in rural and regional Victoria. However in recent years, economic growth in regional Victoria has slowed and major regional sectors such as manufacturing have faced challenging conditions and have been forced to cut jobs.

The review has involved:

  • The formation of an External Advisory Board that includes business, local government and community leaders from across Victoria.
  • A program of targeted stakeholder engagement, led by Ben Hubbard, Principal, Creswell Advisory.
  • Inviting input and ideas from all interested members of the public.
  • Building on the considerable strategic planning already undertaken by regional leaders and communities across Victoria to identify the best new options to drive sustainable economic growth in rural and regional Victoria.

The review covers the programs and services currently delivered by the department, including within Regional Development Victoria (RDV), agriculture and biosecurity services, and transport.

Members of the External Advisory Board were announced by Minister Pulford on Friday 6 March. They are:

  • The Hon. John Brumby, Chair
  • Dr Bronte Adams, Principal, Dandolo Partners
  • Mr Craig Niemann, CEO, City of Greater Bendigo
  • Mr David McKenzie, Chair, Committee for Greater Shepparton
  • Mr Ross Brown, Executive Director, Brown Brothers
  • Mr Richard Elkington, Chair, Gippsland Regional Development Committee
  • Ms Jo Bourke, Executive Director, Wimmera Development Association
  • Prof Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University.

The review has been supported by a project team within the Department of Economic Development.

Terms of reference

View the full terms of reference for the project

Responses to the Regional Economic Development and Services Review now available