The Commission is a progressive, strategically focused agency that plays a key role in the social and economic development of the Pilbara.

Operational structure

The Pilbara Development Commission is working to make the Pilbara a great place to do business, build a career, raise a family and invest long into the future. The Commission provides the regional link between government policy and planning, and regional aspirations and needs.

To enable effective delivery against these strategic goals, the Commission operates with two directorates, supported by the Office of the CEO.

Economic Development, Land & Infrastructure

The Economic Development, Land and Infrastructure directorate is responsible for placing the Pilbara in the best possible position to capitalise on opportunities to attract new industries that will diversify the region’s economy.

• Land and infrastructure
• Logistics, engineering and supply chains
• Innovation and advanced technology
• Small to medium enterprise
• Agriculture
• Aquaculture
• Energy
• Tourism

A key part of enabling this diversification is ensuring access to essential economic infrastructure and development-ready land.

People, Place & Community

The People, Place and Community directorate is responsible for ensuring communities in the Pilbara have access to a high level of education, health and recreational facilities and support services. Delivering a level of amenity that attracts and retains residents and builds healthy communities continues to improve the liveability of the region. The directorate focuses on projects and initiatives in:

• Education
• Health
• People and communities
• Arts and culture

Office of the CEO

The Office of the CEO function of the Commission supports the overall strategic direction and effective management of the organisation including finance, governance and communication.

In 2018-19, the Commission led the formation of the Western Australia Regional Development Alliance (WARDA), which formed in February 2019 to enhance collaboration between the State’s nine regional development commissions. WARDA’s membership is made up of the CEOs of each development commission and is currently chaired by the CEO of the Pilbara Development Commission.

Enabling legislation

The Commission was established under the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993 (RDC Act 1993), listed as a statutory authority on Schedule 1 of the Financial Management Act 2006 and is subject to the provisions of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

The RDC Act 1993 established regional development commissions in each of Western Australia’s nine regions to coordinate and promote economic development to maximise prosperity and wellbeing for the regions, and for Western Australia.

The objectives of the Commission under the Act are:

  • Maximising job creation and improving career opportunities in the region
  • Developing and broadening the economic base of the region
  • Identifying infrastructure services to promote economic and social development within the region
  • Providing information and advice to promote business development within the region
  • Seeking to ensure that the general standard of government services and access to those services in the region is comparable to that which applies in the metropolitan area; and
  • Taking steps to encourage, promote, facilitate and monitor the economic development in the region.

Responsible minister

The Commission is responsible to the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC.

The Minister has the power to direct the Commission, either generally or with respect to a particular matter, on the exercise and performance of its powers, functions and duties under the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993.


As a Statutory Authority, the Commission has legal responsibilities in accordance with the Western Australian Regional Development Commissions Act 1993 (the Act) and operates in compliance with State Government policies.

The Public Sector Management Act 1994, the Western Australian Public Sector Code of Ethics and the Public Sector Commission's Good Governance for Western Australia Public Sector Boards and Committees, inform the Commission's high level of governance.

The Commission operates to a Code of Conduct which identifies personal integrity, relationships with others and accountability as the three guiding principles in accordance with the Public Sector Management Act 1994. The Code of Conduct also includes specific standards that Commission employees adhere to, ensuring best practice conduct and integrity.

Key legislation impacting on the Pilbara Development Commission

In the performance of its functions, the Commission complies with the following relevant written laws:

· Regional Development Commissions Act 1993;
· Auditor General Act 2006;
· Disability Services Act 1993;
· Equal Opportunity Act 1984;
· Financial Management Act 2006;
· Freedom of Information Act 1992;
· Industrial Relations Act 1979;
· Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993;
· Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984;
· Public Sector Management Act 1994;
· Salaries and Allowances Act 1975;
· State Records Act 2000; and
· State Supply Commission Act 1991.

Shared responsibilities with other agencies

The Commission did not share any responsibilities with other agencies in 2018-19. The Commission works in partnership with government departments and agencies, industry, small business and not-for-profit organisations to achieve regional development outcomes for the Pilbara. As part of its role as a facilitator and partner, the Commission leads and participates in a number of working groups and advisory committees.

The Commission held roles on a number of external advisory groups during 2018-19, including:

· Wanggalili Project Steering Committee;
· Western Australian Tropical Research Institute (WATARI) Project Steering Committee;
· Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina Steering Committee;
· Northern Beef Development Reference Group;
· Developing Northern Australia WA Sub Committee and Program Advisory Committee;
· Transforming Agriculture in the Pilbara (TAP) Project Steering Committee;
· Hedland Collective;
· NorthWest Aboriginal Housing Fund;
· Murujuga Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group;
· Pilbara District Leadership Group;
· Woodside, BHP and other resource sector community reference groups;
· Wickham Community Stakeholders Forum; and
· Newman Futures.


The Pilbara Development Commission recognises the need to have an accessible process to receive complaints. The Commission will develop a section on its website where the public can learn how to make a complaint, our processes for logging, investigating, responding to and addressing complaints. The Commission did not receive any formal complaints in 2018-19.

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