Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Building Better Regions Fund reaches further in Round Two

Media Release


07 November 2017

  • Applications now open Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund
  • Funding allocated to investment ready projects in regional, rural and remote Australia
  • Applications close on 19 December 2017

Applications for Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) are open, with the program set to continue delivering projects that help rural, regional, and remote communities reach their potential.

Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said Round One of the program had delivered more than $226 million to 257 projects across Australia, and he looked forward to high quality applications for Round Two.

“The Building Better Regions Fund helps address the challenges regional, rural, and remote communities face. Through this program, we will be delivering almost $500 million up to 2020-21 in regional economic growth,” Mr Chester said.

“The fact it has two streams—Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments—means communities have flexibility in developing proposals.

“We all know that infrastructure investment, and planning and capability building, are critical to improving the economies and lifestyles of communities. For instance, a clearly articulated regional aged care strategy can have as big an impact on residents as building a new aged care facility in a single town.

“These are the sorts of projects that keep our regional communities vibrant and prosperous for multiple generations.”

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

The BBRF Community Investments Stream funds community building activities including new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities.

Applicants should demonstrate how their project will drive economic development, make their region a more attractive place to live and foster partnerships across their community.

Submissions to Round Two close on 19 December 2017. For more information on the Fund, or to submit an application, visit