Jobs Fund - Infrastructure Employment Projects

The Infrastructure Employment Projects (IEP) initiative is one of three streams of the Australian Government's major Jobs Fund initiative together with Local Jobs and Get Communities Working. IEP provides investment in infrastructure projects that generate jobs in regions affected by the economic downturn, or in areas suffering from other external shocks.

The second and final round of the Local Jobs and Get Communities Working streams of the Jobs fund closed on 11 December 2009. Revised guidelines and application forms for the Local Jobs and Get Communities Working streams of the Jobs Fund are available on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Infrastructure Employment Projects are assessed against the Jobs Fund Guidelines PDF: 187 KB ReadSpeaker. These should be read in conjunction with the amendment that came into effect on 5 July 2010 PDF: 59 KB ReadSpeaker.

Infrastructure Employment Projects are initiated by the Australian Government and applications will not be accepted for funding under the initiative. Funding is available to state/territory government, local government and non-government organisations.

Funding under IEP has been extended until 30 June 2012. PDF: 59 KB ReadSpeaker

IEP Funding Arrangements

Projects with local government and non-government proponents are funded through the Jobs Fund IEP Funding Agreement.

As required under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (January 2009), payments for Commonwealth projects managed by state and territory governments are made through the Department of the Treasury under National Partnership Agreements.

The National Partnership to support Local Government and Regional Development (NP) contains individual Program Schedules for IEP and the Local Government Reform Fund (LGRF). Implementation Plans (IP) for IEP projects form part of the program schedule.

The Prime Minister and all State Premiers/Chief Ministers have signed up to the National Partnership.

Projects announced to date and funded under the National Partnership :

  • Fitzgerald River National Park Road Upgrade and Walk Trail Project
  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra Co-Location Project

Project announced to date with funding to be negotiated under the National Partnership :

  • Three Capes Track—Tasman Peninsula—Tasmania

Projects announced to date and funded under the IEP Funding Agreement :

  • Green Light For Kangaroo Island Ecotourism Infrastructure
  • Lighting Up Mackay Stadium
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)—Sydney
  • Gladstone Airport Terminal Upgrade
  • The Wayside Chapel—Sydney
  • Funding Boost for League's One Home One Community Project

Another three projects were approved for funding prior to the 2010 Federal Election:

Black Saturday Memorial Stadium

This project involves the construction of a sports and recreation stadium in Wandong, Victoria. The project involves construction of a single court indoor sports and recreation stadium with an indoor timber playing surface to support basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton.

Domain Tennis Centre Upgrade

This project will fund Stage 3 of the upgrade of the centre, which involves fit out of various stands and rooms within the centre; improving security to the stadium; erection of shade structures; painting the stadium and internal alterations to public amenities.

Sapper Jacob Moerland Skate Park

Project involves the upgrade of the Gayndah Skate Park located at the Lions Park in the Gayndah Township and renaming the upgraded facility “Sapper Jacob Memorial Skate Park”. The upgrade includes the construction of a new public toilet, shade and shelters, and a Commemorative Cairn.

What is the Infrastructure Employment Projects Program?

The Infrastructure Employment Projects Program is a part of the Jobs Fund—a $650 million Australian Government initiative to support and create jobs and skill development through projects that build infrastructure and social capital in local communities.

Infrastructure Employment Projects will support infrastructure projects in areas that are vulnerable to the impact of unemployment as a result of the global economic recession, or projects from areas suffering from other external shocks.

The Infrastructure Employment Projects stream has funding of $150 million.

How can I apply for Infrastructure Employment Projects?

There is no application process for this stream.

The Australian Government will initiate projects jointly with state and territory and/or local governments according to the needs of communities.

When will the Infrastructure Employment Projects commence?

Details about projects funded under the Infrastructure Employment Projects will be made available on the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Jobs Fund websites shortly after being announced.

What can be funded?

Projects that will be considered for funding under this stream will target local community needs and will create jobs in construction, related industries and the general community.

Infrastructure Employment Projects funding may provide funding for a wide range of infrastructure projects, subject to the needs of local communities, including new and major renovations or refurbishments. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • social and cultural infrastructure;
  • recreational facilities;
  • tourism infrastructure;
  • children, youth and seniors facilities;
  • access facilities including road and rail infrastructure and local government owned or managed airport related infrastructure; and
  • environmental infrastructure.

Funding can be used for:

  • construction or fit out (the majority of the funding for projects funded under the Infrastructure Employment Projects stream must be used for construction);
  • project management costs; and
  • payment of salary/wages for people employed on the project.

There is no cap on individual project amounts that can be funded under this stream.

What criteria will be used to select projects?

Projects, including Infrastructure Employment Projects, which will be considered for funding under the Jobs Fund must address at least one of the following four target areas:

  • create jobs or retain people in jobs at risk due to the downturn;
  • build skills for the future;
  • build community infrastructure or improve community amenity which generates local jobs; or
  • provide seed funding for social enterprises to start up or expand, generating jobs and improving community services.

Within each of these four target areas, preference will be given to projects which demonstrate one or more eligibility criteria. These are outlined on page 3 of the Jobs Fund Guidelines.

The gateway criteria which must be met for the Infrastructure Employment Projects stream of the Jobs Fund include:

  • projects in areas experiencing high unemployment, a significant rise in unemployment or vulnerability;
  • projects must be viable and ready to start; and
  • funding will not extend past 2011-12. Projects will be expected to be self-sufficient and/or not require Australian Government funding beyond 30 June 2012.

There are no minimum or maximum amounts of funding for projects under the Infrastructure Employment Projects stream.

  • Infrastructure Employment Project Fact Sheet PDF: 14 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Infrastructure Employment Project and Round 1 Jobs Fund Guidelines PDF: 187 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Explanatory Note: Infrastructure Employment Project Amendment to Guidelines—5 July 2010 PDF: 59 KB ReadSpeaker
  • For further information on applications for other streams of the Jobs Fund