"The Pilbara’s transformation over the last five years has been nothing short of remarkable and heralds a new era of normalisation for the region. The Pilbara Cities initiative has laid a solid foundation for this transformation, and the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint, launched in October 2015, formalises our stakeholders’ aspirations for continued growth and prosperity to 2050."

Mr Chris Gilmour, Chairman

Who We Are

The Pilbara Development Commission was established under the Regional Development Commissions Act (1993).The Governing Minister for the Commission is the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan Minister for Regional Development.

The Commission plays a lead role in facilitating planning and development for the Pilbara, to broaden the economic base, improve social infrastructure and to attract and sustain a rapidly growing residential population.

The Commission is responsible for the delivery of the Pilbara Cities program. State Government has invested $1.7 billion of Royalties for Regions funding into infrastructure and community activation projects to support the Pilbara Cities vision to build Pilbara towns into attractive and sustainable communities.

Building on the achievements of the Pilbara Cities initiative, the Commission’s focus now turns to economic diversification to support the continued growth of the Pilbara region.

Through the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint, the Commission will continue to drive change towards a brighter and more prosperous future for the region.


The vision for the Pilbara region is vibrant and sustainable communities underpinned by a strong, diverse economy.

By 2050, the Pilbara will have 200,000 people living in vibrant, modern and inclusive cities and communities which offer quality services, career choice, affordable living and strong local communities. The economy will feature diverse, innovative and resilient local and international firms underpinned by the resources and energy industries.
(Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint, 2015)

The Pilbara Development Commission’s vision is to be a progressive agency leading the development of the Pilbara.


The Pilbara Development Commission’s mission is to be the catalyst for development and growth in the Pilbara region.


Excellence in all we deliver

Integrity: to act ethically, honestly and with transparency

Unite: to connect, respect and collaborate

Care: to be positive and supportive

Impact: to make a difference


1. A prosperous and diverse economy

2. Vibrant and sustainable communities

3. Transformational partnerships

4. Skilled and capable people

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