NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, TAS: Drought Communities Programme (DCP)

Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

This program has recently been extended

The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) is designed to deliver benefits in targeted drought affected regions of Australia. The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years, commencing in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought.

Funding will be targeted at projects that stimulate local community spending, use local resources, businesses and suppliers, and/or provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Funding will be directed to declared local government areas.

Eligible projects must relate to economic, social and cultural infrastructure; safety and accessibility upgrades; and/or town facility developments and upgrades.

Projects will need to demonstrate they expect to:

  • lead to the employment of locals, with a focus on employing farmers and/or farm staff/labourers/contractors – and/or
  • contribute to the economic activity of communities/regions – and/or
  • lead to the retention of businesses, services and facilities

Funding will be directed to declared local government areas. The declared councils are listed in the DCP Grant Programme Guidelines.

Key Criteria:

New South Wales

  • Armidale Regional
  • Balranald**
  • Bathurst Regional*
  • Bega Valley
  • Berrigan**
  • Bland
  • Blayney
  • Brewarrina
  • Broken Hill
  • Bogan
  • Bourke
  • Cabonne
  • Carrathool
  • Central Darling
  • Cobar
  • Coolamon**
  • Coonamble
  • Cowra*
  • Dubbo Regional
  • Edward River*
  • Federation**
  • Forbes
  • Gilgandra
  • Glen Innes Severn Shire
  • Gunnedah
  • Gwydir
  • Hay**
  • Inverell
  • Lachlan
  • Leeton*
  • Lithgow*
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Mid-Western Regional
  • Moree Plains
  • Muswellbrook
  • Murrumbidgee*
  • Narrabri
  • Narrandera
  • Narromine
  • Oberon
  • Parkes
  • Tamworth Regional
  • Tenterfield
  • Unincorporated Far West
  • Upper Hunter
  • Uralla
  • Walcha
  • Walgett
  • Warren
  • Warrumbungle
  • Weddin*
  • Wentworth

Queensland

  • Balonne
  • Barcaldine
  • Barcoo
  • Blackall Tambo
  • Bulloo
  • Boulia
  • Diamantina
  • Flinders
  • Goondiwindi
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Longreach
  • Maranoa
  • McKinlay
  • Murweh
  • Paroo
  • Richmond
  • Quilpie
  • Somerset
  • South Burnett
  • Southern Downs
  • Toowoomba
  • Winton

South Australia

  • Adelaide Plains**
  • Alexandrina**
  • Barunga West
  • Berri Bamera*
  • Ceduna
  • Clare and Gilbert Valleys
  • Cleve
  • Copper Coast**
  • Flinders Rangers*
  • Franklin Harbour
  • Goyder
  • Karoonda East Murray
  • Kimba
  • Light*
  • Loxton Waikerie
  • Mid Murray
  • Murray Bridge*
  • Mount Remarkable
  • Northern Areas
  • Orroroo/Carrieton
  • Peterborough*
  • Port Pirie City and District**
  • Renmark Paringa**
  • Southern Mallee
  • Streaky Bay
  • Unincorporated SA**
  • Wakefield
  • Wudinna

Victoria

  • Buloke*
  • East Gippsland
  • Latrobe**
  • Mildura**
  • Wellington
  • Yarriambiack**

Tasmania

  • Break O Day*
  • Glamorgan Spring Bay*
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