Regional Development Victoria

Enabling Infrastructure Program Stream

This program stream supports regional industries to innovate, build resilience and improve adaptability to changing economic and environmental conditions.


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Strategic and enabling infrastructure supports regional industries to innovate, build resilience, and improve their adaptability to changing economic and environmental conditions. This Regional Infrastructure Fund program stream recognises that investments in this area are critical in providing a competitive environment, where existing and emerging regional industries can operate. At the same time they help unlock the region’s growth potential.

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Objectives of Program

Strategic infrastructure delivers innovative solutions to infrastructure constraints that have multiple beneficiaries and the potential to enable existing regional industries to expand. It also attracts new investment into regional communities, improves market access, creates new jobs and secures existing jobs.

Through the Enabling Infrastructure program stream, infrastructure grants may be available for:

  • projects that facilitate innovative solutions to infrastructure constraints which support multiple beneficiaries in regional Victoria and help grow the economic potential of the region
  • projects that support innovation in an industry’s management of its key infrastructure and offers a model that lifts industry standards (e.g. conversion of waste to energy)
  • access to utility services (i.e. water, energy, waste) that builds resilience and unlocks the growth potential of a business
  • water and energy demand management measures that address the security and reliability of supply, while improving the businesses’ operational sustainability
  • internal energy integration and water recycling or use of other non-potable supplies in fit-for-purpose applications which build resilience, secure existing regional businesses’ operations and provide certainty for future growth
  • transport infrastructure that directly supports economic activity and precincts
  • projects that deliver improved supply chain efficiency.

Funding Details

Strategic infrastructure grants support innovative infrastructure solutions that demonstrate significant business and environmental sustainable outcomes. At the same time they lift industry standards and create or enhance the conditions for growth.

Investment in enabling infrastructure recognises that access to efficient and sustainable management of key resources is critical to the long-term viability and economic success of regional Victorian industries.

Application Process

All project applications will be considered on an individual basis and will need to address distinct criteria which may include how the project will:

  • respond to an identified regional infrastructure need and/or industry need
  • provide multi-user infrastructure that delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to a region or across regions
  • improve resource use efficiency and improve its environmental footprint
  • go beyond the minimum regulatory requirement
  • improve supply chain efficiencies and linkages to markets
  • minimise congestion effects
  • support a network of settlements.

Applicants will also be required to demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the core Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) criteria outlined in the Regional Infrastructure Fund application guidelines.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants are advised to:

Step 1

Read the Enabling infrastructure information sheet and the RIF application guidelines carefully to establish eligibility

Step 2

Discuss the proposed application with your local RDV office

Step 3

Read the terms and conditions for the funding offered

Download Resources

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Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) application guidelines (128.8 KB ) Download
Enabling Infrastructure information sheet (54.2 KB ) Download
Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) application guidelines (1.2 MB ) Download
Enabling Infrastructure information sheet (79.4 KB ) Download

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Bendigo Airport Upgrade (Stage 2) Loddon Campaspe 2012 $4,700,000
Mangalore Airport Expansion Goulburn 2016 $327,450
Mildura Airport (YMIA) Runway 09-27 Extension Project Mallee 2016 $5,000,211
Charlton Park 2020 Multi-Purpose Facility Development Mallee 2017 $1,100,000
Wangaratta Livestock Exchange Redevelopment Ovens Murray 2015 $500,000
Euroa Saleyards Redevelopment Stage 2 Goulburn 2016 $500,000
Henty Employment Precinct Infrastructure Upgrade Great South Coast 2017 $1,500,000
Corryong Airport Precinct Development Ovens Murray 2016 $532,399
  • This may not be a comprehensive listing of all announced funding through the Regional Infrastructure Fund, Enabling Infrastructure Program Stream
  • CiC indicates the project funded amount is Commercial or Cabinet in Confidence
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