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RDAF Round 5

General information

On Wednesday 19 June 2013 the Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, announced that applications for Round Five of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) open on Friday 21 June 2013. RDAF Round Five is an allocative funding round, with each local government that was funded under the General Purpose component of the Financial Assistance Grants 2012–2013 eligible to apply for funding for infrastructure projects.

Applications for RDAF Round Five must be submitted via the department's Grants Management System (GMS) Portal between Monday 1 July 2013 and 5:00 pm (local time) Monday 22 July 2013. Prior to Monday 1 July 2013, applicants should use the Draft Sample Application Form to start preparing their application, and should arrange access to the GMS Portal for the person that will complete the application. To identify who in your organisation has access to the GMS Portal, please send an email to

The RDAF Round Five Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, Funding Allocations to eligible local governments, and the draft sample application form are available via the links under the 'Resources' heading below. The User Guide to the GMS Portal will be available on the department's website from Monday 1 July 2013.

The department will assess applications as they are received throughout the application period and will approve projects within each eligible local government's Funding Allocation.

Funding allocations

RDAF Round Five will provide $150 million to eligible local governments, according to an allocative model, for capital infrastructure projects. $105 million of the funding will be allocated to regional local governments while $45 million will be allocated to urban local governments. The funding for regional local governments will come from the Regional Development Australia Fund and funding for urban local governments will come from the Liveable Cities program. Eligible local governments are those that received the General Purpose component of the local government Financial Assistance Grants in 2012–13.

Funding will be allocated among states and territories on a per capita basis. A base grant of $30,000 will apply for all eligible local governments with the remaining funding in each state or territory to be distributed in the same proportion as the General Purpose funding component of the local government Financial Assistance Grants (as determined by each state and territory local government grants commission).


Please direct all RDAF Round Five enquiries to the Infoline on 1800 005 494 or to

Key dates

RDAF Round Five Milestone Date

RDAF Round Five announced

19 June 2013

Draft Guidelines published to website

21 June 2013

Guidelines published to website

26 June 2013

Applications available in GMS Portal

1 July 2013

Assessment of applications

As applications are received

Applications close

22 July 2013
(5.00 pm local time)

Department approval of grants

Following assessment on a rolling basis

Funding Agreements negotiated and executed

Funding Agreements will be negotiated on a rolling basis and must be executed within six months of grant approval



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