What is the Building Better Regions Fund?

The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The program will run over four years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.
The program has been designed to achieve the following outcomes in regional and remote communities

  • create jobs
  • have a positive impact on economic activity, including Indigenous economic participation through employment and supplier-use outcomes
  • enhance community facilities
  • enhance leadership capacity
  • encourage community cohesion and sense of identity

The program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra (see section 5.1).
There are two streams of funding available under the program.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

Infrastructure Project Stream Guidelines


The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.


Community Investment Stream Guidelines
RDAFCW will work with all applicants as each round of funding opens.


Applications open on the 18th January 2017.