Applications are now open for the Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Program, with the Australian Government providing $150 million of funding to target road improvements for regional communities.

The program aims to address significant deficiencies on key regional and rural roads that limit community access, pose safety risks and impact the economic development of the surrounding area.

Guidelines and Application forms are available for download here.

Funding:

The Australian Government will contribute up to 80 per cent of the cost of projects located in regional and rural areas, in line with other projects under the Infrastructure Investment Program. 

The Australian Government may contribute above this threshold for local governments where there is sufficient financial justification and demonstration of benefits. The Australian Government will not contribute more than 80 per cent for projects where the state or territory government is the applicant. 

Applicants will be required to list all funding sources. Co-contributions may be sourced from council, state, territory or private funding sources.

Timeframes:

Applicants should be aware there are construction delivery timelines that successful funding recipients will be expected to adhere to.

  • Funding agreements must be signed and returned within the period specified in the funding agreement 
  • Completion of construction and acceptance of a post-completion report must occur within two years of the funding agreement being offered

The closing date for applications is 20 February 2022.

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