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 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

NSW councils collect $89.1 million Financial Assistance Grant payments this quarter

Media Release


16 February 2016

New South Wales councils are set to benefit under the latest round of local government Financial Assistance Grants with $89.1 million of untied funds for community projects.

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said New South Wales councils can direct the funds to any activities, programmes or services according to the needs of their local community.

“It is important for local councils to be able to independently choose projects that directly address key priorities within their community,” Mr Fletcher said.

“This may be fixing local roads, investing in environmental programmes or funding new infrastructure such as building a new community hall—it's a decision that is for them to make.

“The Australian Government knows how important this funding is for communities around Australia, which is why the Government is investing $2.3 billion in local councils through the programme in 2015–16.”

This is the third of four instalments councils will receive in 2015–16.

Financial Assistance Grant allocations are determined independently in accordance with the recommendations of the New South Wales Local Government Grants Commission.

Funding provided under the Financial Assistance Grant programme for NSW councils is in addition to:

  • $107 million committed to NSW for priority infrastructure through the National Stronger Regions Fund Round 2 announcement at the end of last year;
  • $268 million to NSW through the Roads to Recovery Programme in 2015–16; and
  • $53 million to NSW through the Black Spot Programme in 2015–16.

More information about the Financial Assistance Grant programme, including funding being made to individual councils across Australia, is online at: