The Australian Government makes significant investments in local road infrastructure across Australia through the Infrastructure Investment Program.

In November 2023 the Government announced significant increases in funding and changes to local roads investment programs following recommendations by the Independent Strategic Review of the Infrastructure Investment Program.

The Government is strengthening investment in safer and more productive local roads across Australia through:

  • increases to Roads to Recovery Program funding for local government areas nationally to reach $1 billion per year from 2027-28.
  • up to an additional $40 million in funding per year for improvements in road safety through the Black Spot Program.
  • introducing a new Safer Local Roads and Infrastructure Program, to merge the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP) into a single application-based ongoing funding stream for local governments. This funding will increase gradually, so that $200 million will be available per year, up from the current $150 million total annual investment in the HVSPP and the BRP.

The increased funding under these programs will start to be available from 1 July 2024.

This increase is in addition to the funding provided through the 2022-23 Budget for Phase 4 of the temporary Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, bringing the total funding to $3.25 billion.

Commonwealth funding at a local level helps local communities to plan for and deliver on emerging infrastructure priorities and commit to longer term projects that deliver real benefits to Australians across the country.