The GSDC is a Western Australian Government agency with offices in Albany and Katanning. The GSDC's role is to promote the economic and social development of the Great Southern region.
The agency was established as a Statutory Authority under the Regional Development Commissions Act in 1993. It is one of nine development commissions established under this Act by the Government of Western Australia.
The GSDC reports to the Minister for Regional Development.
The Board of Management is the governing body of the GSDC and meets regularly to set major policy directions including budgets, major expenditure approvals and advice to the Minister on regional matters.
Staff based at the GSDC operate under the direction of Chief Executive Officer Bruce Manning, as shown on the GSDC organisational chart.
The guiding principles of the Board and staff of the GSDC are to:
- Lead with integrity and professionalism
- Maintain a region-wide focus
- Be strategic and effective
- Build strong partnerships
- Exercise consistent advocacy.