Publications, Papers, & Reports

RDA Illawarra's work with Australian, State and Local Governments, business sectors, education institutes and communities to provide a ‘whole of  Illawarra’ perspective. The following submissions and reports focus on the areas of economic, social and sustainability issues. This information can be used when discussing, collaborating and planning for change.  


Department of Planning & Environment: Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan 

The regional Plan for the Illawarra-Shoalhaven is a plan for a sustainable future, founded on a strong, diversified economy that will generate high quality jobs .



Over the past twenty years at least, there has been a notable deterioration in the level of workforce participation by males in the Illawarra, from already low levels relative to NSW and national levels. In April 2017, RDA Illawarra commissioned IRIS Research to explore and measure the attitudes towards and motivations of workforce participation in the Illawarra region which could provide insights that can help in future policy setting and advocacy to maximise regional productivity and community connectedness.

A copy of the report can be viewed here...