Grants and Programs




Regional Employment Trials Program


RDA is delighted to one of 10 RDA Committees partnering with the Australian Government’s Department of Jobs and Small Business to deliver the Regional Employment Trials Program (RETP) in the Townsville Employment region which covers Burdekin, Charters Towers, Hinchinbrook, Mount Isa and Townsville. (Other parts of our region are covered by the Community Development Program and hence projects that are based in these areas will not be eligible for the RETP as well.)


RETP Flyer


For more information, visit:



Building Better Regions Fund


Building Better Regions Fund is comprised of 2 streams; Infrastructure Projects Stream and Community Investments Stream. 


Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 3

On the 27 September, 2018, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP announced the opening of Round Three of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

The $641.6 million BBRF supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. BBRF is a competitive, merit based grant program, which supports regional areas through infrastructure projects under the Infrastructure Projects stream and community strengthening projects under the Community Investments stream.

For Round 3, $200 million is available, with up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism related infrastructure projects.

The 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 Community Investments Stream funds the following community activities, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Infrastructure activities are not eligible for the Community Investments Stream. 

For more information and guidelines, visit:


BBRF Workshop - RDA Introduction



BBRF Round 2 

Eleven projects in our RDA region secured a total of $673,809 in funding under the Community Investments Stream, enabling $798,204 of projects. These being;

  • Burke Shire Council: $20,000 for the Burke Shire Sporting and Recreation Strategy 
  • Cloncurry Shire Council: $15,000 for the Economic Development Plan 2018-2022, Plan and Implementation
  • Gulf Savannah Development Inc: $75,000 for the Gulf Savannah Regional Branding Strategy
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council: $75,000 for the Hinchinbrook Master Plan
  • McKinlay Shire Council: $68,190 for the McKinlay Shire Community and Infrastructure Plan
  • Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce: $15,036 for the 'Leading Teams with Changing Times' event, presented by Mark McCrindle
  • Prospect Community Services Ltd: $187,000 for the Rural/Remote response to providing specialist disability Accommodation
  • Southern Gulf NRM Ltd: $124,995 for the Stronger Pest and Week Collaboration project
  • Stage Queensland Inc: $20,000 for the audit of Northern Queensland's Major Performing Arts venues
  • Steps Group Australia Ltd: $53,588 for the Visualise your future, work and study through virtual reality project 
  • Townsville Enterprise Ltd: $20,000 for the Townsville Enterprise North Queensland Emerging Leaders Program 

Four projects at the value of  $1,477,192 secured funding under the Infrastructure Projects stream:

  • Castle Hill Spinney Inc: $176, 275 for improved kitchen facilities
  • Towers Players Inc: $169,417 for amenities
  • Townsville Astronomy Group: $20,000 for the Townsville Observatory Site development
  • Townsville City Council: $1,111,500 for the upgrade of Townsville’s export and economic connections

For more information about the BBRF, visit For a presentation pack summary of BBRF Round 2, see BBRF Round 2 Presentation and AEC Group Criteria Presentation.  For assessment template guide, see Building our Regions Benefits Assessment Guide


BBRF Round 1


Round 1 received almost 900 applications and 247 were approved across Australia.

RDA would like to congratulate the successful applicants for their hard work in putting together competitive applications.

11 successful projects in our region will create much needed short and long term jobs where unemployment rates are very high, particularly youth unemployment.

Three projects in our RDA region secured a total of $14,242,507 in funding under the Infrastructure Projects Stream, these being;

  • Flinders Shire Council: $4,109,075 for construction of the Hughenden Recreational Lake
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council: $9,994 432 for construction of Bwgcolman Retail and Business Precinct Stage 2
  • Richmond Early Education Centre Inc: $139,000 for installation of a new safe and functional children’s playground and outdoor facilities


Under the Community Investments Stream, eight projects in our region secured a total of $424,874 in funding. These include;

  • Burdekin Tourism Strategy: $15,000 for the development of a tourism strategy that will outline the strategic direction for Burdekin Shire Council
  • North West Queensland Quarry Management Strategy: $50,400 for collaborative procurement by the North West Queensland Roads and Regional Transport Group of nine LGAs to develop a co-ordinated management strategy for quarry and gravel pits
  • Burke Shire Economic Development Strategy: $20,000 for the development of a community-consulted economic development strategy
  • Strategic Business Plan for the Mutton Hole Conservation Park: $24,474 to undertake community and key stakeholder consultation and develop a Strategic Management Plan to identify culturally and environmentally sensitive tourism opportunities
  • BeefUp Karumba: $30,000 for a two day beef industry forum, trade show and networking activities with a focus on workplace health and safety, planning and markets
  • Gulf Savannah Regional Waste Strategy: $20,000 to develop a regional waste strategy for Carpentaria, Burke and Doomadgee
  • Mount Isa Rodeo Hall of Fame: $130,000 to collect, preserve and share Mount Isa’s Rodeo’s unique history through a multimedia gallery
  • Palm Island Didge Fest: $135,000 for the delivery of Palm Island Didge Fest, a music and cultural festival



We look forward to providing updates on these projects as they proceed.


Regional Growth Fund (RGF) 



The Regional Growth Fund will provide grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects which support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regions undergoing structural adjustment.


For more information on the RGF, visit:

For presentation pack on the RGF see, Regional Growth Fund Presentation Pack

For frequently asked questions visit, RGF FAQs and RGF Fact Sheet

For a preview of the application, visit GMS Portal Initial Application form screenshots


To assist you with addressing the criteria, here are links to new statistical reports on our region.


1.       Townsville and NW QLD Regional Profile – April, 2018

2.       Regional Labour Force – Outback, February 2018

3.       Regional Labour Force – Townsville SA4, February 2018

4.       Regional Youth Unemployment – February, 2018




National Stronger Regions Fund

The Australian Government allocated $1 billion to the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) to support investment in priority economic and infrastructure areas – from freight and transport projects to convention centres and major multipurpose sports facilities. The Fund is investing in crucial infrastructure projects that are being conceived by local communities – and this approach is helping Australia’s regions invest in their own future. The following projects were funded in our region:


Round 1 Successful Project

  • Burke Shire Council was successful in recieving a grant of $160,000 for the Construction of a Pontoon Wharf in Burketown.
  • Charters Towers Regional Council was successful in recieving a grant of $8.6 million for the Upgrade to water infrastructure for Charter Towers.
  • Mount Isa City Council was successful in recieving a grant of $2.5 million for the Upgrade of Stage 2A Sewer Augmentation at Mount Isa.


Round 2 Successful Project

  • Burke Shire Council was successful in recieving a grant of $2.2 million for the Doomadgee to Burketown Fibre Link Project.
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Council was successful in recieving a grant of $967,908 for the Sewer and Water Infrastructure Upgrade.
  • The Corporation of the Diocesan Synod of North Queensland was successful in recieving a grant of $2.2 million for the Redevelopment of St Mark's, Townsville.
  • The Good Shepherd Limited was successful in recieving a grant of $942,888 for the Redevelopment - The Good Shepherd Home Townsville.


Round 3 Successful Project

  • Burke Shire Council was successful in recieving a grant of $994,619 for the Upgrade to Burketown Wharf Precinct Project.


Regional Development Australia Fund

The Australian Government allocated almost $1 billion to the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) to support the infrastructure needs and economic growth of Australia's regions. The national program was designed to leverage Commonweatlh, State, Local, private and not-for-profit sector investments for the long-term benefit of our communities. The following projects were funded in our region:

Round 1 Successful Project

Townsville City Council was successful in recieving a grant of $4.8 million for the Magnetic Island Walkway Project - Nelly Bay to Arcadia. Gabul Way was opened on 3rd March 2013 by the Hon Simon Crean. The total cost of the project was $5.3 million.

Round 2 Successful Project

Act for Kids was successful in receiving a grant of $3.4 million for their Child and Family Centre of Excellence in Townsville. The $4.6 million development was opened on 26 May 2014.

Round 2 Successful Projects

The Hinchinbrook Community Support Centre was successful in receiving a grant of $500,000 for the acquition and refurbishment of expanded flood-free premises in Ingham. The "Hub" was officially opended on 1 August 2014. The total cost of the project was $800,000.

The Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council was successful in receiving a grant of $500,000 for the upgrade of the Palm Island ferry pontoon. The pontoon was opened on 16 July 2014. The total cost of the tourism infrastructure was $1.512 million.

Round 4 Successful Project

Tec-NQ was successful in receiving a grant of $2 million for the redevlopment of accommodation facilities in Townsville for out-of-town students to study at the College. The facility opened on 8 December 2015. The total cost of the project was $4.019 million.

Further information is available at


Australian Government Grants and Programs

Grants & Assistance Finder 
This website helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free. Grants and other funding programs are available from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. You can search for grants in many categories, including innovation, employment and environment.

Financial Assistance Grants to Local Government 


Queensland Government Grants and Programs

Community Benefit Funding Programs 

Tourism & Events Queensland Tourism Assistance Database


Other Grants and Programs

Energy Consumers Australia

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal 

Grant Guru Community

Funding Centre (An enterprise of Our Community) 

Philanthropy Australia 

Smarty Grants 


Guides to Applying for Grants

RDANWQ Grants Checklist and Tips for Success

Grants in Australia: Management and accountability made easy for not-for-profit organisations, CPA Australia, 2012

Grants for Tourism Guide, Tourism Queensland


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