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Funding Programmes

Listed below are the programmes which are funded under the Infrastructure Investment Programme as well as the Regional and Community Programmes. Additional funding assistance is also offered for local roads.

Infrastructure Investment

  • The Investment Road and Rail Programme targets projects on the National Land Transport Network that will deliver the highest benefits to the nation.

  • The Australian Government realises the importance of rail infrastructure in meeting the Nation's infrastructure needs with the freight task set to double over the next 20 years, and treble along the eastern seaboard. The Australian Government is focusing its investment in rail on infrastructure that improves national productivity, and supports our growing freight task.

  • In the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government committed $500 million for regional rail in Victoria.  This investment will build a better regional network in Victoria with improvements to the North East Line, the Gippsland Line, the Geelong Line and a study into improving the Shepparton Line.

  • The 2017 Budget includes a commitment by the Government to investigate improvements to the rail connections between our cities and surrounding regional areas through $20 million in funding to support the development of business cases.

  • The Australian Government is contributing $1.6 billion towards the $2.3 billion Western Australia Infrastructure Package – Road and Rail Projects.

  • The 1,700 kilometre Bruce Highway is Queensland's major north-south road corridor, connecting coastal population centres from Brisbane to Cairns and supporting around 58 per cent of Queensland's population.

  • A programme to address the problem of local roads reaching the end of their economic life, and their replacement being beyond the capacity of local government.

  • A programme which aims to improve the physical condition or management of hazardous locations with a history of crashes involving death or serious injury.

  • Information on funding available for local roads under Infrastructure Investment and the Financial Assistance Grants.

  • The programme delivers improved safety and productivity outcomes for heavy vehicle operators.

  • Provides funding for land transport research, intelligent transport initiatives and corridor studies.

  • The programme upgrades bridges to improve productivity, safety and community access.

  • The Programme will provide jurisdictions with funding towards priority improvements to Australia's key national highway networks.

  • The Northern Australia Roads Programme forms part of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia (the White Paper).

  • The $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme is proposed to make targeted upgrades to key roads necessary for transporting cattle.

  • Programmes and projects that were completed in the period 2008-09 to 2013-14.

Regional and Community Programmes

  • The Building Better Regions Fund will invest nearly $500 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

  • The Australian Government has established the Community Development Grants Programme to support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies.

  • The National Stronger Regions Fund invests in infrastructure projects which deliver economic benefit and address disadvantage.

  • The Stronger Communities Programme is providing $67.5 million over three funding rounds commencing in 2015-16.

  • The Australian Government will provide $472.2 million over four years from 2017-18 to establish Regional Growth Fund.

  • The Programme is an initiative of the Australian Government that will provide grant funding for projects that support the community and economic and social projects which contribute to the development and community amenity of the Indian Ocean Territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

  • The National Partnership Agreement on South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (the NPA) commits $265 million of Australian Government funding to the South Australian Government to support a healthy working Murray-Darling Basin.

  • The Australian Government has announced $106 million in funding for the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, for projects which support the economic development of Tasmania.

  • The Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme (MDBREDP) has committed $72.656 million to assist Basin communities increase economic diversification and adjust to a water constrained environment. Each of the Basin States of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland select and manage projects within their jurisdictions.

  • The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) is designed to deliver benefits in targeted drought affected regions of Australia.  The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years, commencing in 2015-16, to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought.

  • The Australian Government's approach to regional development is to work in partnership with communities, government and the private sector to foster the development of self-reliant communities and regions.


Last Updated: 10 May, 2017