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Regional Recovery Partnerships

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over two years to fund Regional Recovery Partnerships.

The Partnerships will coordinate investments with all levels of government to support recovery and growth in 10 regions across Australia, delivering jobs and economic diversification.

The 10 regions are:

  • (NSW) The Snowy Mountains; Hunter and Newcastle; and Parkes Regions;
  • (QLD) Cairns and Tropical North Queensland; Gladstone; and Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regions;
  • (TAS) all of Tasmania;
  • (VIC) Gippsland Region;
  • (SA) Kangaroo Island; and
  • (WA) South West Region.

These regions have experienced the brunt of COVID-19’s impact on their regional economies, and on their employment levels. Within each of these regions there are significant emerging opportunities to diversify the region’s economy which can lead to long term national growth and resilience.

The Regional Recovery Partnerships will play a brokering role between Commonwealth networks and other levels of government.

Partnerships will work to build relationships, draw on existing technical expertise and increase the flow of information between Commonwealth agencies and programs and other levels of government. This brokering role creates opportunities for robust and relevant information sharing between the Commonwealth and other levels of government to assist with, or complement, the delivery of existing investments and projects to boost economic and jobs growth in regional Australia.

Consultations with state and local governments, industry, local development and community organisations on proposed priority projects for funding under the Partnerships have begun. Implementation workshops in each of the Partnerships regions will be held in early 2021 to bring together Commonwealth, state and local government representatives and industry and community organisations to identify clear implementation plans and desired outcomes for the selected projects funded under the Regional Recovery Partnerships.

The Commonwealth will prioritise investment in regional projects that support economic recovery and economic growth in the Partnership locations, where the projects contribute to economic diversification of the region; or increase long term employment and business outcomes; and have a tangible expected impact.

On 12 April 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister announced that the Federal Government will provide $7 million to support five East Gippsland community-based projects to boost the regional economy. The projects are Krautungalung walk, Lakes Entrance; the East Gippsland Rail Trail; Forest Park, Orbost; Slip Rd, Paynesville; and Koala Discovery and Rehabilitation, Paynesville and Raymond Island.

The Australian Government has committed $100 million over 2020-22 to fund Regional Recovery Partnerships, including $83.4 million in FY2020-21 and $16.6 million in 2021-22. All projects will require co-contributions by other levels of government. The first year of funding is drawn from the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.