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Eligibility

Building our Regions funding is available to local governments located in regional Queensland. This includes areas of the state outside of South East Queensland, as well as the Toowoomba urban area and the local governments of Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset.

Eligible applicants have been allocated to one of the three funds and are only eligible to apply under that fund. The three funds managed by the department are:

  1. Regional Capital Fund
  2. Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund
  3. Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Fund.

Funding limits and co-contributions

Funding limits vary across each round. Eligible applicants need to ensure that funding being sought for projects falls within the relevant funding limits outlined in the program guidelines. Co-contributions are encouraged from applicant local governments and other contributors, which may include collaborating local governments, industry, the Queensland Government, the Australian Government and others (e.g. community groups).

Construction timeframes

Building our Regions–funded projects do not have a mandated completion date. If a project is successful, a completion date will be negotiated between the department and the local government and included in the funding agreement.

Funds

Local government eligibility has been predominantly determined on geographical grounds using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Remoteness Structure, which divides each state and territory into several regional categories, providing a measure of remoteness for each local government area.

View the current fund areas (PDF icon 2.3 MB) for the Building our Regions program.

  • The Regional Capital Fund is open to local governments of provincial cities and surrounding rural areas.

    Local governments eligible for funding under the Regional Capital Fund are those categorised by the ABS as predominately 'Inner Regional' and/or 'Outer Regional'. These are:

    • Bundaberg
    • Burdekin
    • Cairns
    • Cassowary Coast
    • Douglas
    • Fraser Coast
    • Gladstone
    • Goondiwindi
    • Gympie
    • Hinchinbrook
    • Livingstone
    • Lockyer Valley
    • Mackay
    • Mareeba
    • Rockhampton
    • Scenic Rim
    • Somerset
    • South Burnett
    • Southern Downs
    • Tablelands
    • Toowoomba
    • Townsville
  • The Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund is open to local governments of resource communities.

    Eligible local governments are those which, within their boundaries:

    • are experiencing significant direct impacts from resource sector activity
    • have well-established and/or significant mining activities
    • have smaller, but nevertheless, active mining activities
    • have significant exploration activity being undertaken.

    These are:

    • Banana
    • Barcaldine
    • Bulloo
    • Burke
    • Carpentaria
    • Central Highlands
    • Charters Towers
    • Cloncurry
    • Isaac
    • Maranoa
    • McKinlay
    • Mount Isa
    • North Burnett
    • Quilpie
    • Weipa Town Authority
    • Western Downs
    • Whitsunday
  • The Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Fund is open to local governments of remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Local governments eligible for funding under the Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Fund are those categorised by the ABS as predominately 'Remote' and/or 'Very Remote'. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander local governments, regardless of their status under the remoteness structure, are eligible to apply under this fund.

    These are:

    • Aurukun
    • Balonne
    • Barcoo
    • Blackall-Tambo
    • Boulia
    • Cherbourg
    • Cook
    • Croydon
    • Diamantina
    • Doomadgee
    • Etheridge
    • Flinders
    • Hope Vale
    • Kowanyama
    • Lockhart River
    • Longreach
    • Mapoon
    • Mornington
    • Murweh
    • Napranum
    • Northern Peninsula
    • Palm Island
    • Paroo
    • Pormpuraaw
    • Richmond
    • Torres
    • Torres Strait Island
    • Winton
    • Woorabinda
    • Wujal Wujal
    • Yarrabah

Assessment of applications

All applications are assessed by the department with input from other relevant Queensland Government agencies. Assessments are made against published criteria outlined in the program guidelines.

An advisory committee of senior representatives from agencies reviews the assessment outcomes and makes recommendations to the Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation for approval.

Last updated: Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020