About the program

The Roads to Recovery Program supports the construction and maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure assets, which facilitates greater accessibility and improves safety, economic and social outcomes for Australians. The Program provides funding to all local governments, and to state and territory governments in unincorporated areas. Flexibility is built into the program, with funding recipients responsible for choosing road projects on which to spend their Roads to Recovery funding, based on their local priorities. Roads to Recovery does not contain a sunset clause under the National Land Transport Act 2014, meaning no new legislation is required for the continuation of the program.

From 2019-20 to 2023-24, the Australian Government will provide $2.6 billion under Roads to Recovery, with an ongoing commitment of $500 million each year following.

Roads to Recovery Program allocations

Each funding recipient’s Roads to Recovery allocation is fixed for the life of the program.

Roads to Recovery Program allocations for local governments are distributed according to a formula based on population and road length set by the Local Government Grants Commission for each state and the Northern Territory. These are based on the roads component of the Financial Assistance Grant program. The ACT is the exception to this, as it is a unitary jurisdiction. This methodology is consistent with previous Roads to Recovery program cycles.

A list of each funding recipient’s estimated Roads to Recovery allocation for the 2022-23 financial year can be downloaded via the link below.

Note: Each LGA's Roads to Recovery Program funding is limited to their Life of Program amount. Allocations shown for forward years may change in light of payments made in earlier years of the current program.

Other funding to local government

For information on funding to local government please see: Financial Assistance Grant to local government.