Economic Gardening

Economic Gardening Illawarra is a local program available to businesses to help them achieve increased business vitality. RDA Illawarra was instrumental in the development of Economic Gardening in the region and has had a continuing role in supporting and promoting the program over the years.

Invest Wollongong

Invest Wollongong is a partnership between the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Wollongong City Council and the University of Wollongong.


iAccelerate is a unique business accelerator and incubator program run by the University of Wollongong (UOW).  It's a thriving community of like-minded entrepreneurs with vision, purpose and passion, growing their impact through exception education, mentoring and support among inspiring surrounds.  RDA Illawarra Deputy Chair, Joanna Kubota, is an iAccelerate Mentor-in-Residence/Advisor.

iAccelerate has had a huge economic impact, generating over 500 jobs (2018). More iAccelerate achievements are listed here.

Illawarra Business Networks

RDA Illawarra has an expansive network of businesses that we work with in the Illawarra.  Together we collaborate for the growth of the Illawarra region's economy.

Social Media Training

RDA Illawarra has developed a range of resources to assist the Not For Profit (NFP) sector. The resources will help those in the industry understand the social media landscape and how it can be utilised as a communication tool within an organisation.

Procurement Toolkit

The Illawarra Region Procurement Toolkit was compiled to assist Illawarra businesses to identify supply opportunities and to improve their knowledge in responding to tender requirements.  The aim of the toolkit is to encourage a greater percentage of funds being spent locally, thereby supporting local jobs and our regional economy.

Sustainability and Renewable Energy Information Sources

RDA Illawarra, UOW Blue Energy Futures and UOW Sustainable Buildings Research Centre have compiled a list of recommended information sources on sustainability and renewable energy.