Grants and funding programs

Grants and funding programs

  • The Biofutures Commercialisation Program seeks to attract national and international bioindustrial expertise to partner with Queensland researchers and/or businesses to scale-up and test new or improved technologies and processes from the pilot or demonstration scale in Queensland.

    • Grants of up to A$250,000 (excluding GST) were provided for pilot scale projects of up to two years' duration.
    • Grants of up to A$1M (excluding GST) were provided for demonstration scale projects of up to two years' duration.

    Applications closed 18 April 2017 and no new applications are being accepted. Successful recipients were announced 22 June 2017 including: Southern Oil, MP Holdings (trading as MSF Sugar), Woods Grain, Burdekin BioFutures Project, and Aquatec Maxon.

    The Biofutures Commercialisation Program is administered by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, and supported through the Advance Queensland initiative.

    Visit the AQ website to find out more and download the guidelines.

    More information

    The Biofutures Commercialisation Program is one of a suite of Queensland Government programs intended to boost the industrial biotech and bioproducts sector in the state.

    • The Biofutures Industry Development Fund closes a gap in the funding and investment cycle for biofutures projects, supporting well-advanced proponents to get large-scale projects through the final stage of financial due diligence to secure financing from investors.
    • The Biofutures Acceleration Program aims to accelerate the development of new biorefinery projects in Queensland.
  • The Biofutures Industry Development Fund is a $5 million repayable fund to help well-advanced industrial biotech proponents to get large-scale projects through the final stage of financial due diligence to secure financing from investors.

    The fund helps companies with new projects reach a point at which they can better access venture capital, supporting companies pursuing innovative industrial biotech and bioproducts projects and enhancing Queensland’s reputation as a supportive investment location for the biofutures industry.

    The Fund has a two-stage process with the first stage being eligibility. If the project is deemed eligible, then a more detailed application will be invited.

    The Biofutures Industry Development Fund guidelines (PDF icon 273 KB) were updated in July 2017. To find out if your project might be eligible for support, download the guidelines and make your submission by filling out a Biofutures Industry Development Fund Eligibility Application (WORD icon 239 KB). You can lodge your application and supporting documentation through our application portal.

    Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be advised of outcomes as decisions are made.

    More information

    The Biofutures Industry Development Fund is only one of the Queensland Government’s programs to boost the industrial biotech and bioproducts sector. The Biofutures Acceleration Program aims to accelerate the development of new biorefinery projects in Queensland.

  • The Biomedical Assistance Fund is a $2 million initiative that provides successful recipients with matching funding to meet a meaningful progression in a product development plan that will greatly enhance the possibility of attracting follow-on funding.

    Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 (excluding GST) will be awarded to progress innovative technologies with commercial potential to a value-adding or risk-reducing technical milestone.

    Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible for a grant from the Biomedical Assistance Fund applicants must be a Queensland-based business, research organisation, or technology transfer/commercialisation entity of a research organisation and:

    • have a valid ABN and be GST registered, or have evidence of a valid exemption
    • be prepared to submit progress reports and post-completion monitoring reports
    • be willing to enter into a binding financial agreement with the State of Queensland
    • be able to provide accountant-prepared (CPA/CA qualified) financial statements.

    A project will only be eligible for funding if it is directly related to progressing a biomedical project milestone that represents a significant progression.

    Applications are now closed

    Applications closed at 11am on 2 November 2017.

  • The $365 million Building our Regions program supports local government infrastructure projects in regional communities that create flow-on economic development opportunities and jobs.

    The program has a strengthened focus on delivering more enduring economic outcomes for regional communities, targeting funding toward job-creating infrastructure that will improve economic conditions and liveability.

    Round 5

    The $70 million Round 5 will be open for expressions of interest for four weeks from Monday 5 August 2019 until Friday 30 August 2019. Local governments in regional Queensland are eligible to apply for a share of the available funding.

    Find out how to apply for funding.

    Funded projects

    Building our Regions has allocated funding towards 223 projects across 66 local government areas in regional Queensland, supporting an estimated 2419 jobs and attracting additional investment of $487 million from councils and other organisations.

    This includes 49 projects approved under Round 4.

    Read more about the funded projects.


    Each regional local government is eligible for funding under one of three funds managed by the department.

    Read more about fund eligibility.

    More information

    For more information about the Building our Regions program:

  • The Catalyst Infrastructure Program is a Queensland Government initiative to invest in urban infrastructure that unlocks development, generates construction activity and creates long-term employment.

    Under the program, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) co-invests in infrastructure projects in the form of an interest-free loan. Funds can then be recycled and re-invested.

    ***The Catalyst Infrastructure Program is currently fully subscribed and closed to new applications.***

    Contact EDQ for more information:

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Phone: 07 3452 7880

    Catalyst Infrastructure Program projects

    Funding from EDQ's Catalyst Infrastructure Program has been co-invested in a range of development projects including:

    Pulse Data Centre

    pulse data centre

    The Pulse Data Centre is the cornerstone of the planned Toowoomba Technology Park. We're working closely with FKG Group to develop this innovative precinct which has the potential to support thousands of new jobs when fully operational.

    Project snapshot:

    • In 2017 EDQ approved $10 million in funding for FKG Group to build the world-class Pulse Data Centre.
    • The project involves the design and construction of a security office building and the first of three data centre buildings.
    • Driven by growing demand for large-scale data centres.

    Mount Peter, Cairns

    mount peter trunk sewer line

    EDQ worked with Cairns Regional Council to invest in the essential infrastructure for the future development of Mount Peter residential estate.

    Project snapshot:

    • $2.25 million was approved for infrastructure upgrades which included the trunk sewer line and 1.5 kilometres of new trench and trenchless pipeline.
    • Local construction company JR & LM Trackson Pty Ltd completed and commissioned the infrastructure in June 2018.

    James Cook University, Townsville Ideas Market

    james cook university central plaza artists impression

    EDQ approved funding for the construction of stage one of a three-stage Ideas Market development at James Cook University (JCU). The Ideas Market aims to connect the university through public spaces and walkways, and once complete will help unlock private sector investment in Discovery Rise – the university’s urban development project.

    Project snapshot:

    • EDQ’s funding of $5 million was paired with a $7.6 million investment by JCU.
    • Central Plaza is part of a bigger plan that will see JCU transition from a conventional institutional setting into a university town within the city of Townsville.

    Elliot Springs, Townsville

    elliot springs intersection

    EDQ provided $15 million for a signalised intersection and entry roads upgrade at Elliot Springs; one of Townsville’s major master planned residential developments. This investment unlocks the potential for economic growth and jobs in the region.

    Project snapshot:

    • Construction of the intersection and approximately 700 metres of major collector road allows greater access to the development. 
    • Developer Lend Lease is providing approximately $23.9 million worth of connecting infrastructure, sewer pump station and reservoir in the development.
    • Elliot Springs will become home to over 26,000 residents across more than 10,000 homes.

    Townsville Airport Apron

    townsville airport apron

    EDQ approved $9 million for an upgrade to expand and resurface the 28-year old Townsville Airport Apron (the area where aircraft are parked, refuelled and boarded). The 18,000 square metre apron expansion delivered two additional parking bays for the country’s fastest growing airport.

    Project snapshot:

    • The infrastructure upgrade benefits commercial airlines and the adjacent Northern Australian Aerospace Centre of Excellence (NAACEX) industrial park.
    • BMD Construction was appointed to complete the project, which was jointly funded by $1 million from Townsville Airport.

    Maroochydore City Centre (Sunshine Coast Principal Activity Centre)

     maroochydore city centre artist impression

    Funding of $12.6 million was approved for road intersection upgrades to provide greater connection and access to the Maroochydore City Centre. EDQ, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads worked together on the delivery of the intersection upgrades.

    Project snapshot:

    • The infrastructure was delivered by Sunshine Coast Regional Council and its development entity SunCentral Marooochydore Pty Ltd over two stages.
    • The upgrades are vital for the ongoing growth of Maroochydore and the Sunshine Coast.


    palmview harmony master plan aerial

    Funding of $5 million was approved for vital infrastructure to be delivered at Harmony, Palmview’s largest master planned community. Over the next 15 years, Palmview will be a key regional development area for residential and employment growth.

    Project snapshot:

    • Palmview’s developer AVID Property Group co-invested $5 million towards the essential infrastructure that included sewer pump station, sewer rising main and trunk water main.
    • The catalyst funding allowed AVID to accelerate construction works at Harmony and help neighbouring landholders unlock their developments.
    • Once completed, Harmony will deliver more than 4,800 homes for 12,000 residents.

    Bromelton Intermodal Freight Precinct

     bromelton intermodal freight precinct

    EDQ co-invested $9.5 million towards the construction of the $32.5 million purpose built Bromelton intermodal rail freight precinct. The catalyst funding allowed national freight company SCT Logistics Group to construct a cross-dock capable of handling three-kilometre-long trains.

    Project snapshot:

    • SCT Logistics Group is the largest private-held national freight company in Australia and the precinct’s anchor tenant.
    • The precinct supports business growth and productivity in South East Queensland by delivering increased access to rail freight transportation along the north-south corridor outside the metropolitan centre.


  • From 2017 infrastructure matters for new PDAs are outlined in the format of a Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP).

    Planning, funding and timely delivery of trunk infrastructure and implementation programs is key to progressing development in Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

    Trunk infrastructure is the high-level, shared infrastructure that services large catchments in PDAs. It includes:

    • transport (e.g. roads, pathways, ferry terminals and bus stops)
    • stormwater (e.g pipes and water quality treatment devices)
    • water supply and wastewater (e.g. reservoirs, pipes and sewage treatment plants)
    • public parks (e.g. parks and sporting facilities)
    • land for community facilities (e.g. land for libraries and community centres)
    • other infrastructure depending on the PDA.

    Charges and terms for infrastructure in PDAs

    Fragmented land ownership in PDAs and the significant cost of trunk infrastructure means it may not be feasible for any one developer, land owner or government entity to fund the trunk infrastructure required to service the PDA.

    Infrastructure charges provide for the cost of trunk infrastructure to be shared between the users of the infrastructure.

    The Minister for Economic Development Queensland (MEDQ) may fix charges and terms for trunk infrastructure in PDAs, under the Act. The MEDQ may also fix charges which are used to support economic and community development within PDAs.

    Infrastructure charges for PDAs are set in either:

    • the Infrastructure Charging Offset Plan (ICOP)
    • the Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP)
    • the Infrastructure Funding Framework (IFF).

    Infrastructure Funding Framework and supporting policies

    The Infrastructure Funding Framework (IFF) and its supporting policies set development charges for identified PDA infrastructure to ensure new development contributes fairly towards the shared costs.

    The current Infrastructure Funding Framework (PDF icon 937 KB) took effect on 1 July 2019.

    The IFF should be read in conjunction with the following policies:

    Development charges and offset plans

    From 2017 infrastructure matters for new PDAs are outlined in the format of a Development Charges and Offset Plan (DCOP).

    A DCOP incorporates infrastructure charges, infrastructure planning and offsets processes into one document for each PDA.

    Where a DCOP applies to a PDA, the DCOP prevails over the Infrastructure Funding Framework (IFF) and its supporting documents.

    Currently, DCOPs apply to these PDAs:

    Apply to claim an infrastructure offset

    To claim either a provisional or a final infrastructure offset use the online form. Please refer to the application checklist before completing the online form.

    Historical infrastructure charges policies

    Previous versions of infrastructure charges policies are available below for guidance on infrastructure charges within PDAs.

    2019–20 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2019 PDF icon 1 MB 1 01/07/19 – current
    Bowen Hills DCOP – July 2019 PDF icon 1.9 MB 1 01/07/19 – current
    Herston Quarter DCOP – July 2019 PDF icon 485 KB 1 01/07/19 – current
    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane ICOP – December 2017 PDF icon 285 KB 1 20/12/17 – current

    2018–19 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – November 2018 PDF icon 1 MB 2 30/11/18 – 30/06/19
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2018 PDF icon 1 MB 1 01/07/18 – 29/11/18
    Bowen Hills PDA DCOP – June 2019 PDF icon 2.5 MB 1 21/06/19 – 30/06/19
    Herston Quarter PDA DCOP – December 2017 PDF icon 486 KB 1 22/12/17 – 30/06/19
    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane ICOP – December 2017 PDF icon 285 KB 1 20/12/17 – current

    2017–18 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2017 PDF icon 2.4 MB 1 01/07/17 – 30/06/2018
    Herston Quarter PDA DCOP – December 2017 PDF icon 486 KB 1 22/12/17 – 30/06/19
    Queen’s Wharf Brisbane ICOP – December 2017 PDF icon 285 KB 1 20/12/17 – current

    2016–17 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – February 2017 PDF icon 1.9 MB 2 28/02/17 – 30/06/2017
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2016 PDF icon 927 KB 1 1/07/16 – 27/02/17

    2015–16 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2015 PDF icon 1.7 MB 1 29/6/15 – 30/6/16

    2014–15 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – February 2015 PDF icon 636 KB 4 26/2/15 – 28/6/15
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – December 2014 PDF icon 495 KB 3 11/12/14 – 25/2/15
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2014 PDF icon 1.0 MB 2 27/10/14 – 10/12/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2014 PDF icon 1.0 MB 1 8/7/14 – 26/10/14

    2013–14 financial year
    DocumentType and sizeVersionApplicable dates
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 1.0 MB 4 4/6/14 – 7/7/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 1.0 MB 3 12/2/14 – 3/6/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 882 KB 2 9/12/13 – 11/2/14
    Infrastructure Funding Framework – July 2013 PDF icon 451 KB 1 30/9/13 – 8/12/13

    More information

    For more information about infrastructure charges policies contact Economic Development Queensland on 07 3452 7688.

  • The $150 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund is part of the government’s broader Jobs and Regional Growth Package, targeted at growing regional economies and jobs for Queenslanders.

    The fund will help facilitate private sector projects which create employment and economic growth opportunities in regional areas outside South East Queensland facing significant economic and employment challenges.

    Financial assistance ranging from $100,000 to over $10 million is available for proponents to apply directly. Applications will be assessed under an appropriate set of criteria and the type and level of assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Applications will be considered across a broad range of medium to large businesses, for both new projects and expansion of projects in Queensland that maximise benefits for regional employment and economic growth.

    How to apply

    Applications for financial assistance are invited directly from proponents. For more information on how to apply contact us:

    • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Phone: 1300 785 106

    More information

    To find out if your project might be eligible for support and for further information on the fund, view the jobs and regional growth brochure (PDF icon 231 KB).

  • The Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program (MIPP) is a $30 million infrastructure planning program that supports the development of a robust project pipeline by enabling projects to be matured from conceptually good ideas into solid proposals.

    The MIPP is being delivered in two phases of work.

    MIPP 1

    Phase 1 involved:

    • Rapid assessment of all proposals raised through consultation and future opportunities from the 2016 State Infrastructure Plan. These reports have all been completed.
    • Early stage assessments of 40 new infrastructure proposals submitted by 22 local governments – currently underway.

    MIPP 2

    Phase two of MIPP involved a competitive grant program open to all Local Governments. Submissions have been assessed and funds have been allocated to 70 projects across 67 Local Governments. These grants fund activities across two broad categories:

    • strategic planning for infrastructure – funding studies and investigations that will assist local governments to form a strategic view of their key infrastructure priorities and needs
    • business cases and/or detailed designs for the development of local government infrastructure proposals to provide better clarity on investment decisions.

    The MIPP is an infrastructure planning program and does not commit the Queensland Government to progress or fund further planning or to provide funding for the delivery of projects.

  • Applications closed

    Applications for round two of the Queensland Biomedical Voucher Program closed on 27 June 2019.

    The program offers Queensland-based biomedical businesses up to 50% of the fees they would charge to a national or international client to develop its biomedical product in Queensland, up to a cap of $250,000 (excluding GST). The national or international client must meet the other 50% of the costs.

    What kinds of biomedical services were eligible for funding?

    • Design development and validation services.
    • Prototype building and testing.
    • Contract development and/or manufacturing services.
    • Contract research, specialist advice or professional services.
    • Commercialisation advice and services.
    • The cost of small items of plant and equipment needed to provide the biomedical services.

    Who was eligible?

    To be eligible to apply, applicants had to be a Queensland-based business providing biomedical services to support the development of biomedical products.


    • services must form a discrete project and not be a continuation of existing work between the service provider and client
    • services must be delivered at a physical location in Queensland
    • biomedical product being developed must be clearly defined.
  • We're supporting 'hackerspaces' — informal places where people meet to share their interest in technology, tinker with tools, work on individual or shared projects, and learn from one another — through the Queensland Hackerspaces Grant program.

    The establishment and expansion of Hacker/Maker spaces is an important initiative within our advanced manufacturing action plan.

    Applications for round two are now open

    Groups and organisations wanting to establish a new hackerspace or expand an already established hackerspace in their community can apply for a grant of up to $20,000 (excl. GST) for this purpose.

    These grants allow these community-focused organisations and groups to purchase equipment such as fabrication machines and 3D printers, run workshops that strengthen advanced manufacturing skills and encourage entrepreneurs and innovators to take the next step to turn their ideas into products.

    All applications need to demonstrate support from local organisations and manufacturers to prove that the hackerspace supports advanced manufacturing outcomes.

    How to apply

    Applications can be made from 11 October 2019 and will close at 5.00 pm, 8 November 2019 (AEST). Submissions must be made through the Queensland Hackerspace Grant online application form.

    For assistance in completing your application please refer to the following:

    For more information

    Contact 13 QGOV (13 7468) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Queensland Hackerspace Grant round one recipients

    • Hackerspace Ipswich
    • Hackerspace Brisbane, Eagle Farm
    • Gold Coast Techspace Inc, Mudgeeraba
    • The Makers (Cairns)
    • Split Spaces, Mackay
    • Makerspace Mackay
    • Maleny Makers, Maleny
    • SSC Makerspace, Warana
    • The Arc, Fortitude Valley
    • YFS (Substation 33), Kingston
  • Queensland’s beautiful coastline and world-class marine environments are the envy of the world, and one of our state’s leading tourism attractions. These advantages, along with our skilled workforce and excellent marine infrastructure, make us a prime location for superyacht activity.

    The Queensland Superyacht Strategy 2018-23 (PDF icon 2 MB) sets out our support for growing this high-value industry.

    The Superyacht Strategy envisions that by 2023 Queensland’s share of the global superyacht sector will have increased by 10% and that Queensland will be recognised as the key superyacht hub in the Asia Pacific region. This growth would create thousands of new highly-skilled jobs across the state and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to our state’s economy.

    The strategy sets out four priority action areas:

    • supportive, clear and well-communicated policy
    • promote infrastructure to facilitate industry growth
    • promote Queensland as a global superyacht destination
    • support and develop Queensland’s superyacht supply chain.

    What is a superyacht?

    In Australia, superyachts are luxury vessels with a master and crew, carrying 12 guests or fewer (not including staff) and with a minimum length of 24 metres. Superyachts do not carry cargo.

    The superyacht industry encompasses leisure and charter vessels and their global supply chains.

    Superyacht Industry Development Fund

    The Superyacht Industry Development Fund offers support to small and medium businesses supplying to, or with the potential to supply to, the superyacht industry. One round will run each year, with applications assessed competitively.

    Small-to-medium enterprises interested in accessing the superyacht industry can receive matched funding of up to $19,000 per year. These funds go toward industry certifications, attending international trade shows and bringing international delegations to Queensland to promote their capabilities.

    Funding recipients to date:

    • Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard (Coomera)
    • Rivergate Marina and Shipyard (Murrarie)
    • Abell Point Marina (Airlie Beach)
    • Seaspec Marine Services (Coomera)
    • Trinity Fire Services (Cairns)
    • Carter Marine Agencies (Cairns)

    Find out more about the SIDF (PDF icon 431 KB) or view our frequently asked questions (PDF icon 278 KB) or funding guidelines (PDF icon 657 KB).

    Superyacht Strategy Champion

    Mr Michael Healy MP, Member for Cairns, is the Queensland Government’s Superyacht Strategy Champion

    Mr Michael Healy MP, Member for Cairns, is the Queensland Government’s Superyacht Strategy Champion. In this role, he works across the state to assist with implementing the actions contained in the Superyacht Strategy.

    Further information

    We’re committed to fostering emerging and priority industry sectors with global growth potential. Sectors like the superyacht industry help to diversify our state’s economy and create the knowledge-based jobs of the future. Find out about Queensland’s other priority industry sectors.

  • The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund provides $5 million in 2019 to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland. The fund provides targeted grants for pilot and demonstration or commercially scalable projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts.

    Expressions of interest are closed.

    Applications are now being assessed. A further three weeks will be allowed for applicants who were shortlisted under the EOI stage to submit a Detailed Application, followed by an assessment period.

    Two funding pathways, one objective

    Dollar-for-dollar grants of between $50,000 and $1 million are available towards eligible project costs under two funding pathways.

    Pathway one – plant and equipment

    Funding Pathway One aims to build on the state’s existing pipeline of new biofutures projects by offering grants for the purchase and installation of plant and equipment.

    This pathway provides up to 50% co-funding for the purchase and installation of plant and equipment for an existing or greenfield facility to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts. Refer to the guidelines (PDF icon 300 KB) for the eligibility requirements.

    Pathway two - research collaboration

    Funding Pathway Two aims to support research collaboration with the potential to accelerate the commercial readiness of a Queensland-based biofutures facility.

    This pathway provides up to 50% co-funding for research collaboration projects that contribute to the commercial development and growth of Queensland’s biofutures industry. Refer to the guidelines (PDF icon 300 KB) for the eligibility requirements.

    Further information

    The W2B Fund aligns with the Advance Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan, which outlines the strategic direction for the development of a new Queensland industry producing sustainable biofuels, bioenergy and high-value bioproducts.

    For further information, please review the frequently asked questions (PDF icon 271 KB) and guidelines (PDF icon 300 KB)

    If you have any questions about the W2B Fund or your application, please contact the W2B Fund project team through 13QGOV (13 74 68) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Remote Area Boards (RABs) undertake development activities in remote regions of Queensland. RABs bring together key economic development stakeholders to provide a single voice on strategic issues, and act as a community forum to decide economic priorities.

    RABs are recognised as playing a strong enabling role in delivering economic projects and collaborating on strategic priorities in remote areas with limited resources.

    Funding the RABs supports regional economic development projects and employment opportunities and maintains economic coordination and capability.

    Queensland has five RABs:

    • South West Regional Economic Development,
    • Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board,
    • Gulf Savannah Development
    • Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone Incorporated, and
    • Torres and Cape Indigenous Councils Alliance

    2018-21 funding

    Funding of $2.25 million (GST exclusive) over three years was announced on 29 August 2018 to support the RABs to undertake economic development projects in their remote regions

    Each RAB will initially have access to $150,000 for approved projects. The remaining funding is to cover the period until 2020-2021.

    2016-18 funding

    Between July 2016 and June 2018, the department provided $1 million (GST exclusive) to support delivery of economic development projects in remote regional communities.

  • The $100 million Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) (PDF icon 982 KB) supports our goal to make Queensland a world leader in recovery projects. It provides funding to Queensland’s resource recovery industries through support for projects and initiatives that divert waste from landfill, reduce stockpiling and create jobs.

    Funding is available to local governments, established businesses and not-for-profits looking to use proven resource recovery technologies to improve existing operations or bring significant new facilities to Queensland. Applications are also welcome from consortia offering integrated supply chain solutions.

    Funding proposals may be operations or facilities anywhere along the entire supply chain—from collection and transfer to sorting and remanufacture—as well as waste to energy.

    Read more about the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (PDF icon 982 KB).

    The program supports the direction of the Transforming Queensland’s Recycling and Waste Industry Directions Paper.

    Funding opportunities

    There are three steams of funding available under the RRIDP. They are:

    • Stream one: provides dollar-for-dollar capital grants from $50,000 to $5 million for facilities and infrastructure projects that align with the RRIDP and its objectives.

      Round 2 expressions of interest have now closed. Successful recipients will be announced once applications have been assessed.

      Announcements are continuing regarding Round 1 funded projects.

    • Stream two: provides incentives to attract or expand major resource recovery operations that will divert significant amounts of waste from landfill, reduce or prevent stockpiling and recover substantial resources. Applications include a two-staged process beginning with an expression of interest that can be made at any time.

    • Stream three: provides support toward capital intensive, long lifecycle projects that require a contribution towards investigations to assist with investment decisions for Queensland. Applications include a single-stage process with applications accepted at any time.

    Contact us

    More information, including questions about applications, is available by contacting the project team on 13 QGOV or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • The Royalties for the Regions program ran over four years from 2012–13 to 2015–16 and provided support for infrastructure projects that addressed identified local needs. The program has now closed, however work continues on delivering projects funded under the program.

    The Queensland Government continues to support regional communities by replacing the Royalties for the Regions program with a regional infrastructure funding program called Building our Regions.

    Four focused infrastructure initiatives make up the $445 million Building our Regions program:

    • Regional Capital Fund
    • Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund
    • Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities Fund
    • Transport and Infrastructure Development Scheme.

    Read more about the Building our Regions program.

    View the details of projects funded under Royalties for the Regions in the table below.

    Royalties for the Regions projects

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    Project Council/applicant R4R funding at approval Total Project Cost at Approval
    Airport Terminal upgradeDoomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council$​332,500$​337,500
    Alpha Community HubBarcaldine Regional Council$​10,000,000$​16,000,000
    Alpha-Tambo Road UpgradeBlackall-Tambo Regional Council$​1,200,000$​1,400,000
    Arcadia Valley Road UpgradeCentral Highlands Regional Council$​8,000,000$​11,792,000
    Avenue Road RehabilitationWestern Downs Regional Council$​1,150,000$​1,844,000
    Banana Reservoir and Town Pump and Valentine Plains Road Flood Mitigation WorksBanana Shire Council$​1,700,000$​2,501,250
    Baralaba Water Treatment and Water Supply Infrastructure UpgradeBanana Shire Council$​4,500,000$​6,624,402
    Barcaldine Early Childhood Education and Care CentreBarcaldine Regional Council$​850,000$​1,600,000
    Bartholdt Drive Evacuation RouteBundaberg Regional Council$​1,050,000$​1,400,000
    Bears Lagoon Road, MouraBanana Shire Council$​275,260$​500,000
    Beelbee Road SealingWestern Downs Regional Council$​312,000$​523,586
    Bennetts School Road SealingWestern Downs Regional Council$​770,000$​1,371,967
    Birdsville Airport ResealingDiamantina Shire Council$​432,500$​865,000
    Bitumen Surfacing of Barge Landing to Airport Road - AurukunAurukun Shire Council$​378,720$​624,720
    Blackall Airport Lighting ProjectBlackall-Tambo Regional Council$​121,415$​365,000
    Blackall Airport Re-fuelling StationBlackall-Tambo Regional Council$​374,210$​574,210
    Blackall Airport Terminal UpgradeBlackall-Tambo Regional Council$​500,000$​1,000,000
    Blackall Early Childhood Education and Care CentreBlackall-Tambo Regional Council$​342,000$​1,600,000
    Blakey's CrossingTownsville City Council$​24,000,000$​24,000,000
    Bowen Developmental Road - Collinsville to BowenWhitsunday Regional Council$​10,000,000$​10,000,000
    Brisbane St Drainage OutletWhitsunday Regional Council$​120,000$​120,000
    Brisbane Valley Highway UpgradeSomerset Regional Council$​4,750,000$​4,750,000
    Brisbane Valley Rail TrailSomerset Regional Council$​1,800,000$​1,800,000
    Brownlies Road UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​910,000$​1,854,000
    Burdekin Community Redevelopment ProjectBurdekin Shire Council$​650,000$​777,673
    Burketown Wharf - Pontoon ProjectBurke Shire Council$​180,000$​480,000
    Burnett River Bank Stabilization Lot 11 SP199888Bundaberg Regional Council$​1,500,982$​2,400,982
    Cacoory - Stoney Crossing Road: Benditoota CrossingDiamantina Shire Council$​411,454$​822,908
    Causeway on Torbanlea-Hervey Bay RoadDTMR Fraser$​1,800,000$​1,800,000
    Charleville Airport UpgradeMurweh Shire Council$​2,200,000$​2,300,000
    Chillagoe Water Supply ProjectMareeba Shire Council$​295,000$​295,000
    Chinchilla Washdown BayWestern Downs Regional Council$​700,000$​1,460,281
    Cleveland Bay Sewage Treatment Plant UpgradeTownsville City Council$​20,000,000$​51,000,000
    Cloncurry Heavy Vehicle Bypass (CHVB) and Flinders Highway Intersection UpgradeCloncurry Shire Council$​4,820,000$​13,020,000
    Cloncurry Regional Airport - Stage 1 Terminal Facility UpgradeCloncurry Shire Council$​500,000$​3,632,381
    Cloncurry Regional Airport Upgrade - Stage 2Cloncurry Shire Council$​800,000$​1,040,000
    Condamine Waste and Recycling Centre (Transfer Station)Western Downs Regional Council$​470,000$​700,000
    Connecting remote communities in Central West QueenslandBarcoo Shire Council$​5,250,000$​21,500,000
    Construction of New Terminal Building Boulia AirportBoulia Shire Council$​405,000$​810,000
    Cooktown Foreshore & Webber Esplanade Revitalisation - Activity PrecinctCook Shire Council$​3,500,000$​6,577,216
    D'Aguilar Highway UpgradeSouth Burnett Regional Council$​5,250,000$​5,250,000
    Dalby - Traffic LightsDTMR Western Downs$​1,000,000$​1,000,000
    Dalrymple Road BridgeTownsville City Council$​5,000,000$​40,000,000
    Douglas Creek Floodway Upgrade ProjectIsaac Regional Council$​262,598$​262,598
    Ducklo-Gulera Road UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​1,250,000$​2,572,000
    Dysart Medical CentreIsaac Regional Council$​750,000$​800,000
    Dysart Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - Phase 2Isaac Regional Council$​5,500,000$​9,470,395
    Eastmere Road RehabilitationBarcaldine Regional Council$​4,325,000$​4,600,000
    Eromanga Natural History Museum Stage 1Quilpie Shire Council$​500,000$​820,000
    Fairview Road UpgradeMaranoa Regional Council$​5,000,000$​27,900,000
    Fairymeadow Road Seal WideningWestern Downs Regional Council$​1,200,000$​3,039,383
    Flood Mitigation Works – Home Hill CBD – Stage 1Burdekin Shire Council$​1,680,000$​4,200,000
    Forrest Beach Water SecurityHinchinbrook Shire Council$​1,300,000$​2,600,000
    Fraser Coast Airport UpgradeFraser Coast Regional Council$​525,000$​700,000
    Gayndah, Monto & Mundubbera Aerodrome UpgradesNorth Burnett Regional Council$​8,234,977$​13,708,015
    Gilliat McKinlay Road Upgrade - Julia CreekMcKinlay Shire Council$​1,000,000$​1,969,000
    Goggs Street Flood MitigationToowoomba Regional Council$​1,836,000$​4,592,000
    Goombi Fairymeadow Road Seal WideningWestern Downs Regional Council$​1,200,000$​2,774,835
    Goondiwindi Waste Management InfrastructureGoondiwindi Regional Council$​364,000$​455,481
    Gracemere Water Supply AugmentationRockhampton Regional Council$​1,000,000$​4,332,049
    Gympie Flood Mitigation Project - Monkland Glanmire Access ImprovementsGympie Regional Council$​2,214,160$​4,428,320
    Hogan's Pocket Regional Landfill DevelopmentMackay Regional Council$​2,500,000$​5,000,000
    Howitt and Rose Street Stormwater System UpgradeTownsville City Council$​1,100,000$​7,100,000
    Hulbert Bridge ReplacementRichmond Shire Council$​3,375,723$​3,375,723
    Improvements to the Charters Towers Water Reticulation System to address low pressure issues currentCharters Towers Regional Council$​536,250$​715,000
    Injune - Taroom Road UpgradeMaranoa Regional Council$​7,000,000$​23,200,000
    Injune Sewerage Treatment Plant UpgradeMaranoa Regional Council$​300,000$​615,000
    Innisfail Commercial WharfCassowary Coast Regional Council$​1,260,000$​2,160,000
    Investigator Avenue flood mitigationGympie Regional Council$​512,000$​1,280,000
    Jericho Swimming PoolBarcaldine Regional Council$​650,000$​1,025,000
    Joseph Road UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​470,000$​865,015
    Jundah Airstrip FencingBarcoo Shire Council$​140,000$​150,000
    Karumba Swimming Pool Precinct ProjectCarpentaria Shire Council$​1,000,000$​2,500,000
    Kin Kora Roundabout Upgrade - GladstoneGladstone Regional Council$​12,700,000$​25,400,000
    Kingaroy Barkers Creek Rd/Clark & Swendson Rd Intersection UpgradeSouth Burnett Regional Council$​1,500,000$​2,809,000
    Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail ProjectSouth Burnett Regional Council$​2,000,000$​2,000,000
    Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant UpgradeSouth Burnett Regional Council$​10,000,000$​26,317,760
    Kirwan State High School - Parking ProjectDTMR Townsville$​2,000,000$​2,000,000
    Kowanyama Essential Services - Refuse TipKowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council$​91,510$​91,510
    Kowanyama Essential Services - Sewerage upgradesKowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council$​188,841$​238,341
    Kuranda Critical Water Supply ProjectMareeba Shire Council$​772,500$​1,030,000
    Kyabra Road UpgradeQuilpie Shire Council$​1,000,000$​2,090,000
    Laidley Township Flood Mitigation Project - CBD Levee Preparatory WorkLockyer Valley Regional Council$​250,000$​250,000
    Laidley Township Flood Mitigation Project - Narda Lagoon LeveeLockyer Valley Regional Council$​300,000$​300,000
    Laidley Township Flood Mitigation Project - Storr Street Drain ExtensionLockyer Valley Regional Council$​300,000$​300,000
    Limestone Creek causeway realignment & upgradeTablelands Regional Council$​440,000$​440,000
    Lockhart River Aerodrome Runway RehabilitationLockhart River Aboriginal Shire Council$​5,608,800$​6,368,800
    Lyndhurst Lane Bridge Replacement ProjectSouthern Downs Regional Council$​2,070,000$​2,760,000
    Maranoa Water Supply ProjectMaranoa Regional Council$​160,000$​857,550
    Mareeba Airport UpgradeMareeba Shire Council$​13,000,000$​18,000,000
    Mareeba Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Critical Infrastructure Project Stage 1Mareeba Shire Council$​1,095,000$​1,460,000
    Marian Water Treatment Plant & Raw Water Intake SystemMackay Regional Council$​6,445,400$​14,026,064
    Marian-Mirani Wastewater Network AugmentationsMackay Regional Council$​3,250,000$​6,500,000
    Mary Road UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​800,000$​1,471,987
    Mary Valley RattlerGympie Regional Council$​600,000$​2,600,000
    Maryborough CBD Flood Resilience ProjectFraser Coast Regional Council$​4,827,676$​6,034,596
    Middle Ridge State School - Drop off pick-up zoneDTMR Toowoomba$​400,000$​400,000
    Miles Waste and Recycling Centre (Transfer Station)Western Downs Regional Council$​1,450,000$​2,500,000
    Miles Water, Sewerage and Recycled Water Scheme Stage 1Western Downs Regional Council$​1,290,000$​3,870,000
    Mobile Phone Service to Key Resource Activity AreaQuilpie Shire Council$​399,633$​799,265
    Mobile Tyre Shredder to Service Regional Councils in Far North QueenslandEtheridge Shire Council$​625,000$​850,000
    Monto - Mt Perry Road Upgrade Project - BundabergNorth Burnett Regional Council$​15,000,000$​15,800,000
    Mosby Creek, BamagaNorthern Peninsula Area Regional Council$​2,277,000$​2,277,000
    Mount Isa Sewerage Augmentation Project Stage 2AMount Isa City Council$​500,000$​6,000,000
    Napranum Industrial/Commercial Precinct Ring RoadNapranum Aboriginal Shire Council$​1,110,000$​1,165,000
    Nogoa River Rail Bridge Capacity ImprovementCentral Highlands Regional Council$​5,000,000$​6,250,000
    North Mackay Levee System - Immunity UpgradesMackay Regional Council$​342,125$​684,250
    Northern Strategic Link Road - Panorama Drive (Yeppoon Western Bypass Stage 2)Livingstone Shire Council$​15,000,000$​30,000,000
    Old Cameby Road UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​1,310,000$​2,500,000
    O'Mara Road Upgrade Stage 1A, Charlton Wellcamp Enterprise Area (CWEA)Toowoomba Regional Council$​10,000,000$​21,060,000
    Outer Circulating Road Project - Victoria Street ExtensionToowoomba Regional Council$​45,000,000$​45,000,000
    Pimlico State High School - Drop off/pick-upDTMR Townsville$​2,000,000$​2,000,000
    Proserpine Waste Water Treatment Plant - Stage 2 AugmentationWhitsunday Regional Council$​6,000,000$​7,620,000
    Redlynch Road Connection ProjectCairns Regional Council$​1,300,000$​2,600,000
    Repair of road damage Mt Carmel RoadGoondiwindi Regional Council$​438,000$​547,312
    Replacement of Hardings Bridge on Grieves RoadSomerset Regional Council$​504,563$​720,804
    Replacement of Hine Road bridge 1 and bridge 2 on Hine RoadSomerset Regional Council$​524,205$​748,866
    Replacement of Postmans Gully Bridge on McFarlanes RoadSomerset Regional Council$​621,490$​887,843
    Roma Airport Terminal Upgrade ProjectMaranoa Regional Council$​1,000,000$​4,840,150
    Roma Flood Mitigation Project - Levee ConstructionMaranoa Regional Council$​5,000,000$​15,690,000
    Roma Saleyards Truck Washdown Facility UpgradeMaranoa Regional Council$​1,506,116$​3,006,116
    Roma Sewerage Augmentation ProjectMaranoa Regional Council$​2,180,260$​4,988,520
    Roma Sewerage Treatment Plant Sludge Drying BedsMaranoa Regional Council$​400,000$​600,000
    Ruthven Street Flood Mitigation ProjectToowoomba Regional Council$​2,668,887$​4,448,145
    Scrub Hill Road/Wide Bay Drive/Burrum Heads Road intersectionsDTMR Fraser$​26,000,000$​26,000,000
    SDRC Timber Bridge Replacement ProjectSouthern Downs Regional Council$​2,640,000$​3,520,000
    Sewerage Network Enabling Project -Charlton Wellcamp Enterprise Area (SNEP-CWEA)Toowoomba Regional Council$​4,500,000$​9,225,000
    Splinter Creek Bridge ReplacementNorth Burnett Regional Council$​976,000$​1,500,000
    St George Flood Mitigation Levee - Stage 2Balonne Shire Council$​900,000$​1,900,000
    Supporting Drive Tourism PackageDTMR Various$​20,000,000$​20,000,000
    Swanson Creek Pedestrian CrossingFlinders Shire Council$​300,000$​480,000
    Technology Park Flood Protection Levees, Bundaberg NorthBundaberg Regional Council$​800,000$​2,000,000
    Thargomindah Aerodrome Runway Lighting System UpgradeBulloo Shire Council$​149,500$​272,100
    Theodore Sewerage Treatment PlantBanana Shire Council$​2,000,000$​3,000,000
    Upgrade Eidsvold Theodore RoadBanana Shire Council$​12,000,000$​12,000,000
    Upgrade of the Tinaroo Sewerage Treatment PlantTablelands Regional Council$​1,500,000$​2,000,000
    Upgrade of Toowoomba - Cecil Plains RoadDTMR Toowoomba$​4,000,000$​4,000,000
    Upper Humbug Road UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​360,000$​789,000
    Wallumbilla North Bitumen SealMaranoa Regional Council$​5,035,000$​5,635,000
    Water Capital Works Infrastructure UpgradeBoulia Shire Council$​184,000$​368,000
    Water Main Growth Extension High St to ApplethorpeSouthern Downs Regional Council$​511,725$​682,300
    Weranga North Road UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​750,000$​1,415,107
    West Creek Railway BridgeToowoomba Regional Council$​5,000,000$​5,000,000
    Widen and upgrade Napranum RoadNapranum Aboriginal Shire Council$​1,403,587$​1,480,587
    Winfields Road Landfill UpgradeWestern Downs Regional Council$​3,250,000$​6,500,000
    Woolcock and Mather Street Intersection UpgradeTownsville City Council$​10,000,000$​10,000,000
    Woorabinda Treatment Plant Upgrade – Mimosa Creek SpearWoorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council$​250,000$​250,000
    Yeppoon Foreshore Revitalisation – Stage 3 and (part) Stage 5Livingstone Shire Council$​4,000,000$​8,000,000

  • In 2015–16, the Queensland Government established the State Infrastructure Fund (SIF) to boost infrastructure investment, increase business confidence and to fund government priorities.

    The now $2.2 billion SIF focuses on infrastructure that will enhance productivity and support jobs as well as projects that are ready to be brought to market quickly, so that we continue to underpin productivity and jobs growth in Queensland.

    Some of the core allocations, which have been separately supplemented through the 2017–18 State Budget include:

    • $800 million towards the delivery of Cross River Rail and a further $50 million to establish the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority. Through the 2017–18 State Budget, the government committed to fully funding the project – Read more about Cross River Rail.

    • $300 million for the Priority Economic Works and Productivity Program (PEWPP).Funding has been allocated to the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Rail to deliver seven high priority transport projects.

    • $180 million for the Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program (SRIPP). The SRIPP is delivering 25 social and economic infrastructure projects and programs that respond to a community need or provide increased economic opportunities in key regional centres across Queensland.

    • $20 million for the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program (MIPP) The MIPP supports the development of a robust project pipeline by enabling projects to be matured from conceptually good ideas into solid proposals. A $10 million top-up was provided through the 2017–18 State Budget taking total government funding to $30 million.