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Bridges Renewal Program

About the program

The Australian Government will provide $480 million from the 2015-2016 financial year to the 2021-2022 financial year, with an on-going commitment of $60 million each following year to upgrade and replace bridges to enhance access for local communities and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.

Applying for Bridges Renewal Program funding

On 7 January 2019, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, announced that Round Four of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) was open for proposals from 7 January 2019 to 5 February 2019.

Round Four is only open to local governments, which are eligible to apply for funding for up to two timber bridges that will enhance access for local communities or facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.

The Australian Government will contribute up to 50 per cent of the total project cost of successful projects, up to a maximum of $700,000 for one bridge or $1.4 million for two bridges in the same local government area. Proponents are encouraged to consult with industry and the community on their proposed projects to ensure industry priorities and community views are considered in the development of proposals.

Payments for all successful projects are made through the National Partnership Agreements to state and territory governments. Round Four of the BRP will provide funding of up to $80 million to 2022-23.

Important Dates

Round Four opens

7 January 2019

Round Four closes

5 February 2019

Round Four proposal period

5 weeks

Round Four proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on 5 February 2019.

Proponents will receive a system-generated email confirming receipt of each proposal as it is submitted. If you do not receive a receipt for your submission, please contact the Department on 02 6274 8040 immediately.

How to apply

Round Four proposals will only be accepted through the Department’s Infrastructure Management System (IMS). From 7 January 2019, the existing local government IMS access manager in each Shire Council will be able to access and upload completed Round Four application forms using their existing IMS credentials.

The primary application spreadsheet is only available through IMS as it contains fields that are automatically populated when downloaded by your access manager.

Proponents can commence preparation of their application outside IMS by using the project proposal spreadsheet attached below. This form should then be attached in IMS once the application spreadsheet has been uploaded.

Technical support is available through the IMS Help Desk on 02 6274 6782.

Key Documents

Funding rounds

Round Three

On 14 September 2017 the former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, announced the successful proposals under Round Three of the Program.

Eligible proponents under Round Three included state, territory and local governments. Consistent with the first two rounds, projects were selected as part of a competitive merit-based process and the Australian Government will provide up to 50% of the total project cost. In an effort to allow for a wider distribution of projects, the Australian Government, under Round Three, limited its contribution amount to $5 million per project

Current project lists

Contact us

All enquiries can be addressed to or we can be contacted by phone on 02 6274 8040.