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Regional Worker Accommodation Fund

Creating more housing and accommodation for key workers.


The $150 million Regional Worker Accommodation Fund provides new housing and accommodation for regional communities where workers in key industries and their families are struggling to find places to live. The fund supports employers to attract and retain workers by supporting projects that create more affordable housing and accommodation. This will stimulate economic growth and support our regions to thrive.

The fund supports the delivery of housing, accommodation and related infrastructure, across all Victorian rural and regional Local Government Areas. It will be funded over three years, starting in 2023-24.

Expressions of interest have now closed.

Objectives of Program

The Regional Worker Accommodation Fund aims to increase prosperity, opportunity, and liveability for regional communities. The fund will invest in housing, accommodation and related infrastructure that increases the supply of appropriate and affordable housing and accommodation for key workers and their families.

The desired outcomes for the Regional Worker Accommodation Fund are:

  • A net increase in appropriate and affordable regional housing and accommodation for key workers and their families.
  • Regional businesses and services are better able to meet their immediate and future staffing needs.
  • Regional communities have improved access to services through attraction and retention of workers in sectors critical to their location.
  • A thriving, healthy and sustainable workforce, through safe, well-designed and environmentally sustainable projects that are integrated with their community that benefits the location.

Funding Details

Applicants could apply for grants between $150,000 and $5,000,000 (ex GST) per project.

Expressions of interest have now closed.

All applicants who submitted an expression of interest have now been notified. Applicants with a successful expression of interest have been invited to submit a formal application. Applicants have three weeks to submit their formal application.

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