• thinking outside the square...

  • high level advice... 
  •  planning for future growth...
  • investment in infrastructure...
  • strong regional cities means
    a strong Australia...

  •  a network of well-planned and sustainable regional capitals across Australia...

 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.


Our members

 Download a current list of our member councils.


RCA national conference - "Regionalism 2.0"

Regional Capitals Australia is holding its national conference on March 26, 2015 in Mackay, Queensland. The event attracts local government, federal policiticans, state regional development departments, and leaders in business, health and education with the power to shape future policy development for Australia's regional capitals.

Click here for more information on Regionalism 2.0