1 October, 2020

The Australian Government has announced a further $135 million for Regional Australia in next week’s Federal Budget to help boost recovery and resilience, to help areas ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, drought and last summer’s bushfires.

Funding announcements include:

  • $100 million for new Regional Recovery Partnerships to help areas that bore the brunt of drought, bushfires and the health crisis;
  • $30 million for the Regional Connectivity Program to improve communications links in regional and remote Australia; and
  • $5 million for a new Resilient Regional Leaders initiative to support strong local people to develop their leadership skills.

The regions included in the Regional Recovery Partnership program include, the Snowy Mountains, Hunter and Newcastle and Parkes regions in New South Wales, Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, Gladstone and Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regions in Queensland, all of Tasmania, Gippsland Region in Victoria, Kangaroo Island in South Australia and Western Australia’s South West region.

The link to the transcript of the Deputy Prime Minister’s address at the Regional Australia Institute is available at

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