• Working to achieve well planned, sustainable regional capitals...

  • ...30 members across Australia
  •  RCA Networking Breakfast - June 22, 2016 
  • Regional capitals are home to nearly 4 million people...
  • generating nearly $225 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 and well-planned regional capitals and connected communities.


Our mission is to provide a formal platform to champion the continued growth and sustainable development of regional capitals around the nation. 

Local Government Leadership

 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.


Hear from our members! Watch the video below.


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 submission to the Senate Inquiry into regional capitals provides an overview of:

  • Demographic trends and changing roles of regional capitals
  • Current funding to regional capitals
  • A better funding basis
  • Investment challlenges and opportunities
  • Impact on the changing environment
  • Policies and incentives for growth

Our members

Download a current list of our member councils.

Australia is home to 50 regional capitals. RCA's membership currently includes 29 of those regional capitals.

Membership-web as of Sep 2015
Above graphic updated September 2015

RCA Annual Statement 2015

RCA has released its in inaugural Annual Statement for 2015. This publication provides a useful snapshot of RCA's key advocacy achievements, policy work and membership engagement over the last 12 months.

Click here to view the RCA Annual Statement 2015. 


Upcoming Events


Annual Networking Breakfast

Held in conjunction with the ALGA Annual General Assembly

Wednesday June 22, 2016

National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT