Places of purpose: guidelines released for $400 million regional Precincts and Partnerships Program

Governments and stakeholders encouraged to work together to deliver transformative investment through precinct ideas for their communities.

The Australian Government's regional Precincts and Partnerships Program (rPPP) will provide funding to support precincts across regional, rural and remote Australia to deliver transformative investment based on the aims of unifying regional places, growing their economies and serving their communities.

Regional precincts or 'places of purpose' are areas with a specific shared need or theme. They support better land use integration and ensure infrastructure investment considers and complements the broader region, its surrounding communities, spaces, transport and activities.

The program will focus on a partnership approach, bringing together governments and communities to deliver regional precincts that are tailored to local needs and have a shared vision for how that precinct connects to the region. The program will be delivered through two streams:

  • Stream One: Precinct development and planning. Grants of between $500,000 to $5 million will be available for master planning, consultation, design, business cases and partnership establishment.
  • Stream Two: Precinct delivery. Grants of between $5 million and $50 million will be available to help deliver one or more elements of a precinct. This could be enabling public infrastructure (roads, pathways, underground infrastructure), open spaces between elements, or a particular building that catalyses or complements other investment within the precinct.

Applications are open to state, territory and local government agencies or bodies, regional universities (which may be for-profit), and incorporated not-for-profit organisations.

The program is now open, with the first tranche of successful applicants to be announced later in the year.

The urban Precincts and Partnership Program (uPPP) announced by the Australian Government as part of the 2023–24 Budget is currently in the design phase. The uPPP will be available to applicants who are not in the statistical boundary for the rPPP. Together, these two programs will work to deliver precincts across the nation.

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