• Regional capitals are home to nearly 4 million people...
  • generating nearly $210 billion annually to Australia's economy... 

  •  growing faster than the national average...

 Welcome to Regional Capitals Australia, the alliance of local government associations binding together to build a nation of strong, sustainable regional capitals and connected communities.

Local Government Leadership

Our association is working to achieve a network of well-planned and sustainable regional capitals across Australia.


Creating vibrant regional capitals requires not only an investment in infrastructure and services but an investment in thinking – a strategic approach to the challenges and opportunities of sustainable growth. A commitment to strong planning for the future from all levels of government is fundamental.

Regional Capitals Australia seeks to bring about a collaborative approach to the development of Australia’s regional cities.  The group is working with all levels of government to keep the momentum of regionalism moving forward; ensuring strong regional capitals means a strong Australia.



What is a regional capital?

RCA defines a regional capital as a regional city, located outside the state metropolitan urban growth boundary. A regional capital provides a central point to access essential infrastructure, services, business, employment and education for local residents as well as those in surrounding towns and rural areas. These cities perform a ‘capital city’ role within their regions.


Why are regional capitals important?

Regional capitals are significant social and economic contributors to regional Australia and Australia as a whole. 



Our members

 Download a current list of our member councils.

Australia is home to 50 regional capitals. RCA's membership currently includes 27 of those regional capitals.


RCA Networking Breakfast

Join Regional Capitals Australia for our next public event - the annual Networking Breakfast on Wednesday June 17, held in conjunction with the ALGA Annual General Assembly in Canberra. A keynote address will be delivered by the Hon Jamie Briggs, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Click here for more information on the networking breakfast. 


Senate Inquiry into Regional Capitals

On 11 February 2015, the Australian Senate launched an inquiry into "The future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia".

Submissions for the Inquiry closed on April 30 2015.

A report from the Senate is due by December 2015. Click here to view RCA's submission and to find out more.