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Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program - Resources

The $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, funded by the Australian Government, supports local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia, supporting jobs and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 1

Funding Allocations

Funding allocations for the LRCI Program are determined by formula and take into account road length.

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Funding Allocations Phase 1 PDF: 285 KB ReadSpeaker

Program Guidelines and Work Schedule

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Program Guidelines PDF: 145 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Work Schedule – Project Nomination PDF: 203 KB ReadSpeaker

Annual Reports

Eligible Funding Recipients must provide the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department) with an Annual Report by 31 October 2021, unless otherwise agreed, in writing, by the department. The Annual Report must be written and signed by an appropriate auditor.

In order to be eligible for a final payment, the Annual Report must record that all projects listed in the relevant Approved Work Schedule are complete, and completion photos must be provided for each project.

As part of the Annual Report, Eligible Funding Recipients under the LRCI Program must provide the following documents:

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 1 – Annual Report Declaration DOCX: 170 KB
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 1 – Chief Officer’s Financial Statement DOCX: 170 KB
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 1 – Annual Report Template XLSX: 18 KB
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Auditor's Report DOCX: 168 KB

As per Section 11.3 of the LRCI Phase 2 Guidelines, Eligible Funding Recipients must also engage an appropriate auditor to consider the appropriateness of accounts and keeping of records that relates to any Phase 2 Funding received during the financial periods considered for the Phase 1 Audit Report.

In order to meet this requirement, the Auditor’s Report requests that the appropriate auditor consider the Chief Executive Officer’s Financial Statement for Phase 1 and Quarterly Report Declarations for Phase 2 of the LRCI Program are based on and in agreement with proper accounts and records; and that the financial statements in the completed Phase 1 Annual Report Template is based on and in agreement with proper accounts and records.

Further information on completing an Annual Report can be found in the following document:

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Annual Report Guidance PDF: 350 KB ReadSpeaker

Quarterly Reports

Eligible Funding Recipients are required are required to provide Quarterly Reports to the Department with information on the progress of Projects and grant funding Expenditures. Quarterly Reports must be submitted in order for Eligible Funding Recipients to receive their Second and Third Instalments of grant payments. Quarterly Reports must be submitted within the period specified in the Eligible Funding Recipients Grant Agreements. For further information on Quarterly Reporting, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and Quarterly Report Completed Example.

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 1 – Quarterly Report Template DOCX: 64 KB
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 1 – Quarterly Report Declaration DOCX: 69 KB
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Quarterly Report Frequently Asked Questions PDF: 496 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Quarterly Report Completed Example PDF: 117 KB ReadSpeaker

Quarterly Reports for projects with an Approved Extension

Eligible Funding Recipients will be required to submit Quarterly Reports until all projects on the Approved Work Schedule have been completed.

Additional Quarterly Reports must be submitted on the following dates, or until the projects are complete:

  • Quarterly Report Four
    Actual Expenditure and approved project updates for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021; and Projected Expenditure for the period 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021) must be submitted to the Department by Monday 1 November 2021.
  • Quarterly Report Five
    Actual Expenditure and approved project updates for the period 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021; and Projected Expenditure for the period 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022) must be submitted to the Department by Monday 31 January 2022.
  • Quarterly Report Six
    Actual Expenditure and approved project updates for the period 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022; and Projected Expenditure for the period 1 April 2022 to 31 June 2022) must be submitted to the Department by Friday 29 April 2022

Ad hoc Reports

If an Eligible Funding Recipient has expended all of its First Instalment under the LRCI Program in advance of 1 January 2021, an Eligible Funding Recipient can seek to access the Second Instalment early. The Eligible Funding Recipient will be required to complete an Ad Hoc Report.

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Ad Hoc Report Declaration DOCX: 68 KB PDF: 396 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Ad Hoc Report Template DOCX: 62 KB PDF: 94 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Ad Hoc Report Completed Example PDF: 91 KB ReadSpeaker

Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Extension Phase 2

Funding Allocations

Funding allocations for the LRCI Program Phase 2 are determined by formula and take into account road length and population.

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Funding Allocations Phase 2 PDF: 1125 KB ReadSpeaker

Program Guidelines and Work Schedule

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2 – Program Guidelines PDF: 190 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2 – Work Schedule – Project Nomination DOCX: 103 KB

Quarterly Reports

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2 – Quarterly Report Template DOCX: 67 KB
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2 – Quarterly Report Declaration DOCX: 69 KB

Extension of Eligible Construction Time Period – Phase 1 and Phase 2

The Eligible Construction Time Period (ECTP) is set out in the LRCI Program Guidelines at 5.3 for Phase 1 Guidelines and 5.4 for Phase 2 Guidelines. Both Guidelines provide the ability for the Department to agree to extend the ECTP in exceptional circumstances. The Department considers that natural disasters, and the continuation of the COVID 19 Pandemic, including the impact of the delta variant across Australia are exceptional and unforeseeable circumstances.

The Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, has agreed to extend the ECTP for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the LRCI to now close on 30 June 2022. No further extensions will be granted past this date and consequently, any projects not completed by 30 June 2022 may not receive the remainder of their funding allocation under those Phases.

As part of this extension:

  • No action is required to access the extension. However, all grant recipients are required to provide an update on delivery timeframes through each quarterly report, with the next report due by 31 October 2021.
  • There is an expectation that Eligible Funding Recipients settle their program of works and deliver Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects as quickly as possible. The extension should only be used if required.

Project Variations – Phase 1 and Phase 2

Major Variations

Major variations to an Approved Work Schedule include a change to or expansion of project scope, or the further nomination of a new project for approval. Major variations will continue to require LRCI Program delegate approval. Applications for Phase 1 and Phase 2 variations must be received by Sunday 31 October 2021 and will be responded to as soon as possible. Applications received after this time will not be considered and project delivery must proceed as previously agreed in the Approved Work Schedule.

Phase 1 major variation requests:

If an Eligible Funding Recipient requires an amendment of their Approved Project Cost, the Eligible Funding Recipient will be required to complete a Variation Request Form.

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Variation Request Form DOCX: 65 KB
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Variation Request Form Completed Example PDF: 252 KB ReadSpeaker

Phase 2 major variation requests:

If an Eligible Funding Recipient requires an amendment to their Approved Project cost or scope of works, the Eligible Funding Recipient will be required to resubmit their Phase 2 Project Nomination form.

  • Edit and annotate the most recently submitted Phase 2 Project Nomination form in Microsoft Word, using tracked changes.

Minor Variations

Minor Variations allow Eligible Funding Recipients to extend project delivery outcomes within the already approved scope, through the reallocation of unspent/underspent program funds. Minor variations do not change the scope of an approved project, however allow changes to provide additional outcomes. Examples include, concreting additional footpath length or location, extended road resealing works, additional shade structure to playground upgrades - where that outcome is already in the scope of the project. Contact the department for advice.

Minor variations allow for the movement of funds between existing approved projects within an Approved Work Schedule in order to extend project delivery outcomes and expend the full allocation. This excludes movement of funds between projects in different phases.

Minor variations are allowed (agreed) at the discretion of the Eligible Funding Recipient and no longer require individual approval by the LRCI Program delegate. Minor variations must be reported through the existing reporting processes.

Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Extension Phase 3

Funding Allocations

Funding allocations for the LRCI Program Phase 3 are determined by formula and take into account road length.

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Funding Allocations Phase 3 PDF: 122 KB ReadSpeaker

Program Guidelines and Work Schedule

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 3 – Program Guidelines PDF: 607 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 3 – Work Schedule – Project Nomination DOCX: 104 KB

Frequently Asked Questions

Signage Guidelines

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program – Signage Guidelines PDF: 632 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Print Style Guidelines: This document sets out the requirements for the display of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and the Building Our Future logo on information materials relating to projects that receive funding from the department.
    Print Style Guidelines PDF: 1845KB

Project Events and Announcements

The LRCI Program Grant Agreement and Guidelines outline the requirements for formal public statements, media releases or statements, displays, publications and advertising made by Eligible Funding Recipients.
Eligible Funding Recipients must:

  • acknowledge and give appropriate recognition to the contribution of the Australian Government to that project.
  • provide their local Federal Member with the opportunity to contribute to any media release or public announcement.
  • seek approval of any media releases or public announcement from the Department prior to release. These should be sent to LRCIP@infrastructure.gov.au a minimum of two days prior.
  • inform the Department and their local Federal Member of any proposed event to be held, at least two weeks before the event. If requested, Eligible Funding Recipients must arrange a joint Australian Government/Eligible Funding Recipient event and arrange for the local Federal Member and/or an Australian Government representative to participate in the event.

Phase 1

Phase 2

  • Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program Phase 2 Frequently Asked Questions PDF: 637 KB ReadSpeaker

Phase 3

Frequently Asked Questions for Phase 3 will be published here.

Contact us

All enquiries related to the LRCI Program and the LRCI Program Extension should be addressed to LRCIP@infrastructure.gov.au