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

Community Development Grants Programme

Media Release


04 December 2013

Joint release with:

The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments by providing up to $342 million toward around 300 community projects across Australia.

These projects will be funded through the new Community Development Grants Programme, as part of the regional community funding package committed to by the Coalition in the 2013 election.

The Australian Government will also fund projects that were left uncontracted under the former Labor Government's Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) (Rounds 2, 3 and 4) and Community Infrastructure Grants Programme (CIG).

Many projects under the old RDAF (Rounds 2, 3 and 4) and the CIG had contracts ready to go but they were left in limbo by Labor before the election.

Communities should not be punished for Labor's incompetence.

Through responsible management of the budget we have found additional funds for these uncontracted projects without a mining tax.

This is another example of the Australian Government having to fix the problems caused by six years of Labor chaos and mismanagement.

The Australian Government will fund the RDAF (Rounds 2, 3 and 4) and CIG projects on the condition that contracts are finalised within six months.

The new Community Development Grants Programme funding will support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies. The Australian Government is committed to providing long-term improvements in social and economic infrastructure for communities across Australia.

The programme will be administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, which will undertake a value-for-money assessment against the programme guidelines to ensure transparency in decisions about funding election commitments.

In order for an assessment to be undertaken funding recipients will be required to provide detailed project information, including project outcomes and benefits, planning and costs and delivery timeframes.

RDAF Round 5 and all subsequent rounds will not be proceeding as these were Labor election commitments and were not funded.