25 October 2012
Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean has opened Rounds Three and Four of the RDAF, announcing a further $225 million in funding for regional Australia. His media release can be found HERE. The Department of Regional Australia’s Program information can be found HERE.
Further details on the program can be found HERE.
Regional Development Australia Fund Rounds 1 and 2
3 November 2011
Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean has today opened Round Two of the RDAF, announcing a further $200 million in funding for regional Australia. His media release can be found at http://bit.ly/tFIc8g .
There are a range of changes to the program as a result of learnings from the Round One process earlier this year.
Key aspects of Round Two include:
- A two stage application process that will reduce costs for applicants; and
- Embedded local decision making, with an enhanced role for RDA Committees.
As part of this enhanced role, RDA committees will review Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from potential applicants to the fund and select three viable priority projects from their region to progress to full application.
In prioritising their three viable priority projects, the Minister has asked RDA committees to take into account the priorities of their Regional Plan, the capacity of the project to address needs in the region, the level of community support for the project, impact of the project on the region and neighbouring regions, and readiness to proceed.
The new process for RDAF Round Two is as follows:
- Eligible applicants are required to submit one EOI form for a single project, to their RDA committee by Thursday, 1 December 2011. The form is available from the Department’s website.
- RDA committees will review each EOI and select three viable priority projects to proceed to full application (by 21 December 2011).
- Full applications will be accepted up until 15 February 2012 and assessed by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government against the eligibility and selection criteria, risk, and value for money.
- Applications will be considered by the RDAF Advisory Panel which will provide advice to the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP. The Minister will make decisions on projects to be funded by late May 2012.
More information including the Round Two Guidelines, key dates and full details on the EOI process can be found at http://www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/rdaf.aspx.
7 September 2011.
The Minister for Regional Australia, Simon Crean, has announced the successful applicants for the RDA Fund, Round One. Unfortunately for the ACT, and the surrounding Southern Inland region (NSW), no projects submitted were successful for this part of regional Australia. The Minister’s media release provides an overview of the successful projects. The full listing can be found on the Department’s website.
Round Two, for a further $150m, will be open in November 2011. Watch this space.
On March 3 2011, the Federal Minister for Regional Australia announced the implementation of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF). Regional Development Australia Committees play a key role in the process for developing applications under this infrastructure funding program and projects seeking funding must align with the relevant RDA Strategic Regional Plan.
Further information, Frequently Asked Questions, and the electronic application form can be obtained by visiting the program page on the national RDA web site.
However, in the first instance it is highly recommended that any prospective applicants discuss their proposal with their local RDA.