We're helping rural and regional councils improve their local roads with the $100 million Fixing Country Roads Program.

The Fixing Country Roads Program is the Victorian Government's commitment to regional Victorians to improve the condition of their local roads. $100 million has been provided for grants to rural and regional councils to undertake local road projects beyond regular road maintenance.

About the program

The Fixing Country Roads Program was created to assist councils improve the current state of their local roads to enhance the connectivity, reliability and efficiency of regional communities through projects such as:

  • pavement quality improvements including, pavement rehabilitations and sealing of gravel roads;
  • reconstructing damaged roads, with priority given to strategic transport links or connections to essential community services;
  • bridge improvement works including bridge strengthening/replacement on strategic routes;
  • capacity upgrades to promote better traffic flow and journey efficiency and reliability including intersection improvements;
  • local road intersection improvements; or
  • safety upgrades on local roads.

Round one

The Victorian Government has provided a total of $30.1 million to all 48 rural and regional councils as part of round one. A total of 91 projects will be delivered by councils across the state to improve the local road network.

Find out more about the funded projects by reading our Funded Projects Round 1 report [PDF 434Kb]

Round two

Grants of up to $1.5 million will be funded in round two. Applications for round two will open in early 2019.

How to apply

Local roads managed by rural and regional councils are eligible for applications to the Fixing Country Roads Program.

Application guidelines

Find out more about the application process by reading our Application Guidelines [PDF 2,398kb]

Application and assessment process

Application process map: Councils need to liaise with their liocal Fixing Country Roads contact at Regional Roads Victoria to ensure their bids are conforming. Councils then develop bids; bids are submitted via regionalroads.vic.gov.au. Please note that applications for Round 1 must be submitted by Monday 15 October 2018. Regional Roads Victoria review and prioritise bids; priority list is submitted to government. Successful Round 1 bids are announced in late October. Councils deliver projects. Al Round 1 projects must be completed by 30 June 2019.

Download the process map [PDF 72kb]

Frequently asked questions

Find out more about the Fixing Country Roads Program by reading our Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 69kb]

For more information

Phone: 133 RRV (133 778), Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm

Email: fixingcountryroads@roads.vic.gov.au