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Funding conditions

The Roads to Recovery Program operates uniformly across Australia. Under current arrangements, each council is guaranteed a share of the total available funding. Money is paid directly to each council under simple administrative procedures whereby spending decisions are made locally and regularly reported to the Australian Government.

In the absence of a council where state governments provide council services to small communities, such as in remote areas of Australia, these areas are known as 'unincorporated areas'. To allow for this administrative arrangement, special program provisions are applied to unincorporated areas , as well as to the Indian Ocean Territories.

Local councils nominate the projects to be funded. Councils have so far used the money to repair and upgrade more than 69,000 road sites.

Money provided under the Roads to Recovery Program is not intended to replace council spending on roads, or state and territory government assistance to councils for local road construction or maintenance.

Funding conditions

The Roads to Recovery Funding Conditions are in place to ensure payments are spent on eligible works for the program funding period.


  • Current funding conditions that apply to the 2019 to 2024 Roads to Recovery Program PDF: 375 KB ReadSpeaker

Previous funding

  • Previous funding conditions that applied to the 2014 to 2019 Roads to Recovery Program PDF: 452 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Previous funding conditions that applied to the 2009 to 2014 Roads to Recovery Program PDF: 169 KB ReadSpeaker

Further information