Closed regional programs

The Australian Government's approach to regional development is to work in partnership with communities, government and the private sector to foster the development of self-reliant communities and regions.

La Trobe Valley Economic Diversification Program

Funded from: 2013–2016

The Latrobe Valley Economic Diversification Program was announced in 2013 and will provide up to $10.85 million to two infrastructure projects to support economic diversification in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. The projects to be funded are:

  • Warragul Station Precinct Upgrade project - $3.35 million Australian Government funding; and
  • Moe Rail Precinct Revitalisation Project - $7.5 million Australian Government funding.

A list of projects can be found on the grants reporting webpage.

Regional Projects Program

Funded from: 2011–2012

Funding totaling $15.172 million was allocated to 15 projects under the Regional Projects Program and all payments were made in June 2012. A value for money assessment was conducted by the Department on each of the identified projects before a Funding Agreement was executed.

A list of projects can be found on the grants reporting webpage.

Regional Development Initiative Program

Funded from: 2011–2012

Funding totaling $14.613 million was allocated to seven projects under the Regional Development Initiative Program and all payments were made in June 2012. A value for money assessment was conducted by the Department on each of the identified projects before a Funding Agreement was executed.

A list of projects can be found on the grants reporting webpage.

Regional Development Australia Fund

Funded from 2011–12 to 2016–2017

The Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) was first announced in 2011 and was set up to support the infrastructure needs and economic growth of Australia's regions. The Program funded capital infrastructure projects identified as priorities by local communities. The Program was undertaken in four funding rounds.

A list of projects can be found on the grants reporting webpage.

South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS)

The National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS) committed $265 million of Australian Government funding to the Government of South Australia to support a healthy working Murray-Darling Basin.

Part A delivered the $80 million South Australian River Murray Irrigation Efficiency and the $40 million South Australian Government Water Purchase Elements (Schedule A), which is managed by the Department of the Environment. It will also deliver the $25 million South Australian Regional Economic Development Element (Schedule B), which was managed by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Part B will delivered the $120 million South Australian River Murray Irrigation Industry Assistance Element (Schedule A). The Commonwealth responsibilities of this Element are managed by the Department of Agriculture.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s element is complete and was made up of three components:

  • $7.5 million to redevelop the Loxton Research Centre
  • $5.0 million for an Industry-led Research Sub-program
  • $12.5 million for a Regional Development and Innovation Sub-program