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Roads and Transport
The Government is establishing a $500 million National Water Infrastructure Fund for farmers’ future water security. $50 million of this will be allocated for the detailed planning necessary to inform future investment decisions. The remaining $450 million will go towards constructing water infrastructure projects, in partnership with state and territory governments and the private sector.
How much: $500 million
Specifics to be advised.
The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Program from 2014-15 to 2018- 9, which includes an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 under the Infrastructure Growth Package to improve road safety.
How much: $200 million over 2 years from 2015-16 nationally.
Up to $100 million in the second round for bridge projects is exclusively available to local governments nationally.
The Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development announced successful projects under round two on 18 January 2016. Round two of the Bridges Renewal Programme (BRP) has delivered $100 million to fund 141 bridges to deliver much needed economic and safety benefits to communities across Australia and $35 million to Queensland councils.
How much: $100 million
Applications: Round Two closed. Round three is anticipated to open late 2016
Drought Assistance measures
The Australian Government provides a number of assistance measures to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought and other hardship. This includes a range of additional measures announced in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
$35 million shovel-ready, local infrastructure and employment projects comes under the Drought Communities Program. The 2015-16 eligible councils are identified on page 7 of the Guidelines document: Balonne, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo, Bulloo, Burke, Diamantina, Flinders, Longreach, McKinlay, Murweh, Paroo and Winton in Queensland. The programme is due to run over four years commencing in 2015-16.
How much: $35 million over 4 years from 2015-16 for identified council areas.
The specific HVSPP objectives are to
- Increase productivity of heavy vehicles by enhancing the capacity of existing roads and improving connections to freight networks
- Improve the safety environment for heavy vehicles
Projects will be selected as part of a competitive, merit based process and the programme will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of total project costs.
Applications: Round 5 is now closed, with successful projects yet to be announced.
The Building Better Regions Fund provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investment that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
How much: $297.7 million
Applications: Both streams opened 18 January 2017. The Infrastructure Projects Stream will close at 5pm local time on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream will close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.
From its base in Darwin, the Office of Northern Australia is coordinating the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, which sets out key policies and initiatives to drive growth in the north.
An additional $33.7 million over the next four years for airstrip funding will be available from 2015-16 under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme and will provide grants for safety and access upgrades including repair and upgrade of runway surfaces, safety equipment such as runway lighting and navigation aids, and infrastructure such as fences and gates.
How much: $33.7m over 4 years nationally. Round 3 - Approved Projects
Applications: Round 4 closed 21 October 2016
This programme contributes to the Infrastructure Investment Programme through supporting maintenance of the nation’s local road infrastructure asset, which facilitates greater access for Australians and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.
Roads to Recovery 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.
How much: From 2014-15 to 2018-19 the Government will provide $3.2 billion
The objective of the Stronger Communities Programme is to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. The input of the community is a key priority of the SCP. Each Member of Parliament must establish a community consultation committee to assist with identifying projects for consideration by the Government.
How much: $45m over two funding rounds from 2015-16
Applications: Round 2 is now closed and applications are being assessed.
National Water Infrastructure Development Fund - Feasability Component
Implementing the Australian Government’s commitment to start the detailed planning necessary to build or augment existing water infrastructure, including dams, pipelines or managed aquifer recharge, the fund was announced in the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia and the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
The Australian Government set aside $50 million to fund feasibility studies that gather the information and evidence needed to make water infrastructure proposals investment-ready.
How much: $50 million (for this component)
Applications: Closed. Funding for the capital component will be available from 2017-18. Further information will be made available once arrangements are finalised.
Federal and State Government
A range of pest management grant funding opportunities are now open for applications from stakeholders in drought declared areas. See the Applicant Guidelines. Funding areas include:
- Cluster fencing
- Community weed and pest animal projects
- Mentoring and support of best practice management and biosecurity obligations
- Cluster fencing - $5 million over 3 years
- Weed and Pest animal projects - $1.84 million over 3 years PLUS $2 million Federal funding (pending approval)
- Supporting industry and local government - 1.9 million over 3 years
Applications: CLOSE 5pm 2 December 2016 (projects must be able to be completed by 30 June 2019).
Qld Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Fund 2017-18
The Australian Government is providing funding to the states and territories over four years as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program (TDDI) with completion in 2017-18. The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) is responsible for administering the Queensland TDDI funding.
The key TDDI and Tourism 2020 objective to be met by the Fund is to:
- increase overnight visitor expenditure by driving demand and increasing tourism expenditure, with flow-on economic benefits across the tourism supply chain.
How much: Funding of between $100,000 and $300,000 (excluding GST), on a dollar-for-dollar matched cash funding contribution basis by proponents (cannot be in-kind contributions or Australian Government funding sources), is available for projects that are to be completed by 30 June 2018. Successful applicants will receive up to 50 per cent of costs for eligible and approved activities, subject to a maximum amount of $300,000 (excluding GST).
Applications: Opened 25 October 2016 - CLOSES 6 December 2016
2016-17 Grants and subsidies program
The 2016-17 Program incorporated the:
- Community Resilience Fund (CRF)
- Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (LGGSP) and
- Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP)
Projects approved for funding under the 2016-17 Programs will be allocated a subsidy of up to 60 per cent of eligible project costs. State Government Media Release 9 September 2016
How much: $62.3 million, of which $12 million is provided by the Australian Government under NDRP.
Applications: Closed 28 September 2016 - applicants will be informed of the outcomes.
Targeted infrastructure program for local government projects. The primary purpose of the Building our Regions program is to provide funding for critical infrastructure in regional areas of the state, while also supporting jobs, fostering economic development and improving the liveability of regional communities.
Three main types of projects will be funded:
- transport infrastructure e.g. airports, transport projects and roads
- flood mitigation infrastructure e.g. levees and drainage works
- critical community infrastructure e.g. water, waste water and sewerage
Applications: 63 shortlisted Round 2 projects are currently being assessed and funding recipients will be announced in late 2016.
A supplementary round for local governments eligible under the Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund opens for expressions of interest on Monday 17 October 2016.
Additional funding for Round 3 was announced in the 2016–17 State Budget and details will be announced soon. State Government Media Release 15 September 2016
Regional Capital Fund
How much: $70m over 2 years
Remote and Indigenous Communities Fund
How much: $15m over 2 years
How much: $55m over 2 years.
Election commitment to increase funding for next two financial years. TIDS provides funding to local governments for the development/upgrading of roads and transport related infrastructure.
How much: $140m over 2 years
How much: $12M over 3 years.
Sport and Recreation - Get in the Game
A new three year $80 million commitment to the Get in the Game initiative has been announced to increase participation in sport and recreation. Under this umbrella program, Get Playing Plus provides capital funding up to $1.5m for new and upgraded sporting infrastructure.
How much: $80m over 3 years.