How RDA-Riverina supports regional businesses

RDA-Riverina supports business development and growth across the Riverina region and is committed to providing business operations with helpful resources, advice and expertise. RDA-Riverina supports start-up businesses, provides regional networking opportunities and assists established businesses looking to expand.   

Small Business Rebate-WorkCover

The small business rebate gives up to $500 back to small business owners who buy and install eligible safety equipment to address a safety problem in their workplace. It is open to sole traders or small businesses with up to 50 full time employees or equivalent.

For more information about eligible equipment and to find out how to apply please please clickhere 

ACCC offers on line programs

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has some wonderful on-line resources for small business. The ACCC offer three free on line programs, including the small business education program which is aimed at helping small businesses understand their rights and obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 or you may be interested in the pre-entry franchise education program. To find out more information please visit

Regional Industry and Economic Overview

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 RDA Riverina Project Officer, Marg Couch presented an update on regional industry overview from both a national and regional perspective to the TAFE Riverina Institute.

The focus was directed to the business lines of: 

  • Environment; Forestry; Wine & Food; transport & logistics; Primary Industries
  • Automotive & Engineering
  • Mining, Building & Construction, Civil Construction/Engineering

To view the presentation made by Marg Couch please click here

For information on upcoming forums facilitated by RDA Riverina please visit the Upcoming Events page on the website.

Industry Skills Fund-Growth Stream

The Australian Federal Government opened the Industry Skills Fund-Growth Stream on 19th January 2015. 

Individual businesses or consortia will be able to apply for the Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream providing up to 200 000 training plans and support services over 4 years.

Small and medium sized enterprises are prioritised with help available for skills advice and training grants, “…which plan to up skill and reskill their workforces to better position themselves for growth opportunities.”

 The Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream interconnects with the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme

For more information please view the Industry Skills Fund Customer Information Guide  there is also the Program Guidelines and information on Frequently Asked Questions

Alternatively please visit the Industry Skills Fund-Growth Stream website for further information.

Essential Tips and Tools for Small Business-Government Webinar

On 22 October, the Australian Competition Commission, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Taxation Office and the Fair Work Ombudsman took part in the free and interactive ‘Essential tips and tools for small business’ webinar.

 The webinar included presentations from the four government agencies and a question-and-answer panel session. Business Enterprise Centres Australia facilitated the webinar and Small Biz Connect (University of Western Sydney) participated in the panel session.

A video of the webinar is now available on the ACCC YouTube channel.

Riverina Business Enterprise Centre

Address:66-70 Coleman Street
Phone:02 6925 6588


Address:Wollundry Chambers G03, 63-65 Johnson Street
Phone:02 6921 1828
Contact:Nicola James
Contact Position:Regional Manager
Mobile Number:0429 838 024

Department of Industry-Office of Regional Development

Address:Level 4, 76 Morgan Street
Phone:02 69337111
Contact:Jane Barnes
Contact Position:Business Development Officer
Mobile Number:0428 424 568

ID Forecasting

ID forecasting provides in depth demographic information for places across Australia to help understand how cities, towns and regions are growing and changing. Sharing this knowledge can help with decision making about when and where to provide services and invest in infrastructure.

Take a look at the information provided by James Davis in his presentation on ID Forecasting for the Riverina.

There are also individual sites for the following Shires: