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Roads to Recovery Program

About the program

The Roads to Recovery Program supports the maintenance of the nation's local road infrastructure asset, which facilitates greater access for Australians and improves safety and economic and social outcomes.

The Roads to Recovery Program 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.

As part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-2020 Budget, the Australian Government has committed an additional $100 million per year to the Roads to Recovery Program from 2019-2020. From the 2013-2014 financial year to the 2022-2023 financial year, the Government will provide $5.6 billion under the Roads to Recovery Program, with an on-going commitment of $500 million each year following. The funding is to be distributed to Australia's local councils, state and territory governments responsible for local roads in the unincorporated areas (where there are no councils), Norfolk Island and the Indian Ocean Territories.

Statement of Expectations

On 7 November 2017, the former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, issued a Statement of Expectations for the Roads to Recovery Program.

The Statement of Expectations encourages councils to give greater priority to road safety projects under the program, and asks them to provide additional information on the benefits and outcomes of each project. This will help the Government to better assess the Roads to Recovery Program's effectiveness. The reporting could include post-completion evaluations.

Changes to Roads to Recovery reporting are expected to be launched in 2019.

Roads to Recovery Program allocations

Roads to Recovery Program allocations for the councils in each jurisdiction (except the ACT as it is a unitary jurisdiction) have been determined on the basis of the recommendations of the Local Government Grants Commissions in each state and the Northern Territory for the roads component of the Financial Assistance Grants. This is the same methodology as was used for this purpose in previous Roads to Recovery programs.

The allocations include a list of each council's estimated Roads to Recovery Program allocation for the 2019-2020 financial year.

Note: Each council'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.

Funding for local roads

Under the Roads to Recovery Program, direct funding to local councils is distributed according to a formula based on population and road length set by the Local Government Grants Commissions in each state and the Northern Territory. Each council's Roads to Recovery allocation is fixed for the life of the Program.

Untied grants for local roads are part of annual Financial Assistance Grants to councils.

Features of local roads grants are:

  • Each state receives a fixed share of the grant.
  • Each council's share of the grant is determined by the state's local government grants commission.
  • The grants are untied.

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

Further information