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Regions Leading Their Own Development - Executive Education Program

Grow your impact, influence and performance in regional transition and development with the Regional Australia Institute’s exclusive, invitation-only program for CEOs and senior executives wanting to drive serious and sustainable change in Australia’s regions. 

World-class learning guided by Australia’s top minds and leading practitioners in regional development giving you new skills, approaches and tools you need to strengthen your strategic practice of region-led development.
 
In this practical, evidence-based program you can expect a carefully curated mix of presentations, regional development simulations and scenarios, small group discussions, and our innovative case study method. 
 
Our case study method offers multiple levels of learning, compelling participants to identify relevant cutting-edge perspectives and solutions that you can apply to your own situation, organisation and region.  
 
You will have the opportunity to learn from faculty researchers and case study authors who have personal knowledge of the challenges, options, scenarios and solutions presented. 
 
Upon completion of this program, you will have grown new thinking and skills to drive sustainable and innovative regional systems change that will benefit your career and your region and you will have built a strong network of peers, many of whom are facing similar issues in their regions.

This program is for you if you are looking to: 

Work effectively with your region in transition

Expand your impact across your region and beyond

Develop new ways to achieve in your area of accountability

Develop a network of peers across the nation





Inviting Expressions of Interest to our upcoming programs

21 – 24 July 2024

Old Parliament House - ACT

The three-day Program draws on over twelve years of leading research and insights developed by the RAI and some of the nation’s top minds and leading authorities on best practice approaches to the development of regional systems, their communities and economies.  

This small-group, high-impact Program is tailored to provide you with one-on-one access to leaders and experts to guide and build your practice of regional development. 

20 – 23 October 2024

The National Museum of Australia - ACT

The three-day Program draws on over twelve years of leading research and insights developed by the RAI and some of the nation’s top minds and leading authorities on best practice approaches to the development of regional systems, their communities and economies.  

This small-group, high-impact Program is tailored to provide you with one-on-one access to leaders and experts to guide and build your practice of regional development. 

16 – 19 March 2025

The National Museum of Australia - ACT

The three-day Program draws on over twelve years of leading research and insights developed by the RAI and some of the nation’s top minds and leading authorities on best practice approaches to the development of regional systems, their communities and economies.  

This small-group, high-impact Program is tailored to provide you with one-on-one access to leaders and experts to guide and build your practice of regional development. 

What regional organisations is this program relevant to?

The program content is particularly tailored to people working in these sectors:

  • Local government 
  • State or federal government agency and department 
  • Regional development and advocacy 
  • Business and industry 
  • Employment 
  • Agriculture and horticulture 
  • Education, skilling and vocational training 
  • Health services 
  • Professional services 
  • Environment, land management, waterways and sustainability 
  • Service providers and community 
  • Social enterprises 

Who should attend?

This program is specifically designed for people serving in or transitioning into a CEO or senior executive role within government, private and non-profit organisations operating in regional Australia.

What challenges will be covered?

The program will explore the diverse challenges and issues faced by regional communities, including: 

  • Activating effective region-led development  
  • Working with a region in transition 
  • Leading regional systems change 
  • Leveraging regional policy, politics and power   
  • Working across and beyond your regional system 
  • Collaborating for regional impact 
  • Thinking longer term 

What will you take-away?

  • New ways of thinking, knowing, doing and being 
  • Expanded understanding of concepts 
  • Enhanced performance through application of ideas directly to your challenges, your role and your work 
  • Strong and supportive peer network for collaboration, now and into the future 
  • Increased capability to meet your organisation’s business goals  
  • New approaches to growing the visibility, standing and impact of your organisation in the regions it serves 
  • Enhanced capability to deliver regional stakeholder value  
  • New approaches to increasing ESG performance and evaluation of your organisation 

James McKee - CEO
RDA Tasmania

"As a group of regional development practitioners, we will be able to go away from this with new relationships and a bit of inspiration to be able to continue to build each other up in the practice of regional development."

Brett Davis - CEO
Moyne Council 

"It’s been great to be able to speak to equivalent general managers, CEOs, people from Regional Australia Institute, academics – it’s really brought a diverse level of thinking as to how we tackle our emerging problems for regional Australia."

Rachel Whiting - CEO
RDA Riverina  

"Sometimes you can feel rather isolated. If things are not going right, you are not sure if you are on the right pathway. So it is really that connectedness with others who have shared experiences that gives you that reassurance."

FAQs

Is this program only for CEOs and senior executives? 

Yes, this program is designed for CEOs and /or senior executives operating in regional Australia.

Where is the July 2024 Program being held?

Canberra ACT.

What is the cost of the program?

  • Co-investment: $2,200 ex GST  
  • Not-for-profit CEO Subsidy: 7 fully subsidised places available - Registered charity or NFP are eligible
  • Regional Development Australia (RDA) CEO Subsidy: 5 fully subsidised places available - RDA CEOs and/or Regional Directors eligible
  • Regional First Nations and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Organisations CEO Subsidy: 3 fully subsidised places available - Registered charity or NFP are eligible

How do I register for the July 2024 Program?

After you register your interest, you will receive an email to the registration page.

When do registrations close for the July 2024 Program?

Friday, 31 May 2024 unless sold out prior. 

What are the timings for the July intake?

The program commences at 18.00 Sunday, 21 July, concluding at 13.00 on Wednesday 24 May. You can expect each day to be a full day of learning, networking and interacting.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be submitted in writing more than 30 days before the program start date to receive a full refund. Due to program demand and the volume of pre-program preparation, cancellations received 15 to 30 days before the program start date are subject to a cancellation fee of 50 percent of the registration fee. Cancellations received within 14 days of the program start date are subject to full payment of the registration fee.

Where am I staying?

Can I arrive at the venue earlier than the commencement of the program?

Yes.

What will the weather be like?

4* - 16*

What is the dress code?

  • Casual
  • Evening – smart casual.

Can I bring my partner?

No - Unfortunately, partners are not able to accompany or share accommodation with participants as this may disrupt or dilute the executive learning experience.



The Executive Education Program is partially funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.