Albanese Government delivers funding boost to councils for local roads

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Albanese Government is making local roads safer with $4.4 billion available under the Roads to Recovery program over the next five years.

We’ve committed to progressively double the program’s funding to $1 billion annually, delivered in the 2024-25 Budget.

The funding increase will allow local governments to plan for the long-term maintenance and upgrade of their road network, shielding critical road safety measures from the uncertainty of budget cycles.

Roads to Recovery supports local road construction and maintenance by local government.

It directly impacts the quality of our local roads, allows for pot holes to be filled, pavements to be repaired, culverts to be installed to improve drainage and keep roads open during bad weather, and helps makes sure we all get home safely

Local Governments in each State and Territory will receive additional funding:

  • New South Wales councils will receive $1.2 billion over five years, an increase of $461 million.
  • Victorian councils will receive $895 million over five years, an increase of $368 million.
  • Queensland councils will receive $895 million over five years, an increase of $353 million
  • South Australian councils will receive $395 million over five years, an increase of $153 million.
  • Western Australian councils will receive $643 million over five years, an increase of $278 million
  • Tasmanian councils will receive $143 million over five years, an increase of $ 60 million
  • Northern Territory councils will receive $128 million over five years, an increase of $55 million
  • The ACT will receive $70 million over five years, an increase of $30 million.

The increase in funding will be phased in to avoid putting pressure on inflation, supply costs and the construction labour market.

Roads to Recovery funding for each local government area is determined based on factors such as population and road length. The Government has worked closely with councils to ensure that funding is distributed where it is needed and able to be spent more quickly.

Local councils are now being advised of their increased funding allocation.

The increased funding is part of a series of changes aimed at strengthening investment in safer, more productive local roads across Australia.

The Black Spot Program will also rise from $110 million to $150 million per year, meaning more money for improving some of the most dangerous sections of our roads.

The new Safer Local Roads and Infrastructure Program has $200m available per year, $50 million more than was available for the two programs it replaced.

We have also committed to improving data collection, providing $21.2 million to the National Road Safety Data Hub, and providing $10.8 million for a National Road Safety and awareness campaign.

Improving road safety is a priority of the Albanese Government, and we will continue to take a national leadership approach in pursuit of better safety outcomes for all road users.

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