The Roads to Recovery Program operates uniformly across Australia. Each funding recipient is guaranteed a share of the total available funding. Money is paid directly to each funding recipient under simple administrative procedures whereby spending decisions are made locally and are regularly reported to the Australian Government. In the absence of a local government where state/territory governments provide local government 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.

Funding recipients are responsible for nominating eligible projects to be funded, as set out in the Roads to Recovery Funding Conditions. Money provided under Roads to Recovery is not intended to replace local government spending on roads, or state and territory government assistance to funding recipients for local road construction or maintenance.

Funding recipients have so far used the Roads to Recovery funds to repair and upgrade more than 69,000 road sites.

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 

Previous funding

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