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Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF)

Funded from 2011–2012 to 2016–2017

The Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) was first announced in 2011 and was set up to support the infrastructure needs and economic growth of Australia's regions. The programme funded capital infrastructure projects identified as priorities by local communities. The Programme was undertaken in four funding rounds.

Round 1

Under Round One grants of between $500,000 and $25 million were approved and a Funding Agreement is in place for 35 projects across the country. Funding supported the construction of new and/or upgrading of existing sporting, cultural, arts and community facilities as well as airports and roads.

Round 2

Under Round Two grants of between $500,000 and $15 million were approved for 46 projects across the country. Of these, 44 projects have a Funding Agreement in place and the remaining two Agreements will be negotiated under the Community Development Grants programme. The projects address the identified priorities of Regional Development Australia committees. Funding supported the construction of new and/or upgrading of existing sporting, cultural, arts and community facilities as well as airports and roads.

Round 3

Under Round Three grants of between $50,000 and $500,000 were approved for 79 projects across the country. Of these 50 have a Funding Agreement in place and the remaining 29 Agreements will be negotiated under the Community Development Grants programme. The projects address the identified priorities of Regional Development Australia committees. Funding supported the construction of new and/or upgrading of existing sporting, cultural, arts and community facilities as well as airports and roads.

Round 4

Under Round Four grants of between $500,000 and $15 million were approved for 42 projects across the country. Of these 16 have a Funding Agreement in place and the remaining 26 Agreements will be negotiated under the Community Development Grants programme. The projects address the identified priorities of Regional Development Australia committees. Funding supported the construction of new and/or upgrading of existing sporting, cultural, arts and community facilities as well as airports and roads.