Building Better Regions Fund

Applications for the Infrastructure Projects Stream and Community Investments Stream close at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time on 19 December 2017.

Round Two Overview

The $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) is committed to creating jobs, driving economic growth and building stronger regional communities into the future.  The second round of BBRF opened 7 November 2017 and closes 19 December 2017.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is responsible for administering the program on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The program will only fund projects in regional Australia outside the major cities, projects in Hobart are eligible to apply.

It is a competitive grant program, applications are assessed against eligibility and merit criteria and compared to other applications in a funding round.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

Infrastructure Projects Stream

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

Funding available - $20,000 to $10 million

Community Investments Stream

The Community Investment 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.

Funding available - $5,000 to $10 million

Role of RDA Tasmania

RDA Tasmania can:

  • assist you to identify and develop a strong project proposal that will contribute to long term economic growth and is a priority within your region, and;
  • work with you to prepare a competitive application, supporting documents and evidence.

Addressing Merit Criteria

To be competitive, you will need to address each of the four merit criteria in your application:

  1. Economic benefit
  2. Social benefit
  3. Value for money
  4. Project delivery

It is important that applicants define, quantify and provide evidence to support their answers.

More Information

Further information on the program, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, is available at:

Round One Outcomes

Congratulations to the successful Tasmanian applicants for Round 1 of the Building Better Regions Fund Infrastructure Projects stream:

Brighton Council’s Bridgewater Parkland: Construction of parkland in Bridgewater including playground equipment, public toilets, BBQ facilities, outdoor furniture and associated infrastructure ($430,000 grant).

Flinders Council’s Flinders and Cape Barren Islands Telecomms Transformation Project: Upgrade to the ageing radio network between its Islands and mainland Tasmania by installing a state of the art, multi-bearer high capacity microwave IP radio link ($7,879,960 grant).

King Island Council’s King Island Airport Airfreight Precinct Development: Development of a freight precinct comprised of landside freight loading area, a freight building which includes charge points for operator’s forklifts, dedicated airfreight apron, sealed taxiway and connectors and powered pad for landside aircraft refuelling facility ($223,603 grant).

Kingborough Council’s Kingston Park Community Hub: Construction of a multipurpose hall, meeting rooms, reception/office, public toilet, flexible workspace, café and covered town square, and adjacent landscaping ($2,800,000 grant).

A total of 110 projects to the value of $219.5 million have been approved for funding under the Infrastructure Projects stream.    

Round One of the Infrastructure Projects stream was heavily oversubscribed with 545 applications received. A list of the all successful projects is available at

Congratulations to the Community Investment stream applicants from Tasmania:

Cradle Coast Authority's Development of the Cradle Coast Regional Futures Plan.  Creation of a Strategic Plan for the Cradle Coast in Tasmania that aims to sustainably grow the regional economy by improving its productivity and competitiveness ($80,000 grant).

Flinders Council's Flinders Business, Economic and Social Structural Review.  Socio-economic analysis, review and report and aspects of the operation of Flinders and Cape Barren Island and other islands in the Furneaux Group ($52,000 grant).

Geeveston Community Centre's Southern Food and Fire Festival.  A large-scaled themed festival in Spring focussed upon the cultivation of local food and learning experiences and bringing the community together to celebrate the return of summer after Tasmania's cold winter ($19,987 grant).

Hobart City Mission's Youth Employment and Retainment in the Southern Midlands.  A strategic plan to address the issues of youth unemployment and disengagement ($20,000 grant)

Junction Arts Festival's Pop Up Performance Venue.  Support for performance and visual arts activities ($24,500)

The Unconformity's Asset Acquisition Strategy for events in remote Western Tasmania.  This project will see an asset acquisition strategy to store event production and management equipment in the region, avoiding expensive recurring costs of hiring and transporting equipment ($41,250 grant).

Waratah-Wynyard Council's Economic and Community Building in North West Tasmania.  Skills audit and strategic planning to identify initiatives to improve social and economic conditions ($19,400).