In 2016 the Victorian Government established the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (the Fund) as part of its commitment to better health for people in rural and regional Victoria. The Fund has continued and is administered as an annual grant program. Round 4 will be delivered in 2019-20. 

Round 4 of the Fund will include a $10 million Aged Care component which will be administered as a discrete grant program. The Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will utilise the same submission process, timelines and assessment framework as Regional Health Infrastructure Fund. 

Round 1 allocated $134 million across 93 projects

Round 2 allocated $60 million across 80 projects

Round 3 allocated $47 million across 112 projects

Grants are available for: 

  • Construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects
  • Equipment including: standalone furniture, fittings, medical equipment, engineering infrastructure and plant
  • Information and communications technology
  • New technologies including systems to reduce usage and increase efficiencies of power and/or water

Timeline 

Applications for Round 4 open on Friday 1 November 2019

Applications for Round 4 funding close on Monday, 16 December 2019 and are limited to two (2) submissions per agency.

Applications must be lodged through the Smartygrants website:

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

https://dhhs.smartygrants.com.au/RHIFR4

Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

https://dhhs.smartygrants.com.au/RHIFACR4

How will this money be allocated?

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services manages the Fund as an annual Grant program.

Round 4 will comprise a mixture of direct Ministerial allocations and submission based allocations. Round 1, 2 and 3 were heavily oversubscribed, receiving more than $350 million of funding requests.

Round 4 will make a number of direct allocations to prioritised critical infrastructure replacement, small medical equipment and business continuity priorities that are 'project ready' that were unsuccessfully submitted for previous rounds.

Grants criteria

Priority will be given to applications that address:

  • demand pressures from increasing population and/or changing age profile
  • need for buildings to be fit for purpose - moving from low-care to high-care residential aged services and mitigate infrastructure risks
  • need for major refurbishment / repairs / replacement of ageing buildings and equipment
  • safety and quality of services including compliance with regulatory requirements and reduction of clinical risk.

Assessment of applications

Applications will be assessed in a panel arrangement using a defined set of assessment criteria. Submissions should reflect agreed policy objectives and reflect how the proposed works will meet the objectives of better health for people in regional and rural Victoria.

Applications should demonstrate:

  • how the proposed changes will improve health services for people in rural and regional Victoria
  • alignment with the government's commitments and policies, for example, the 10-year mental health plan
  • How any risks have been identified and mitigation strategies to address these
  • an evidence base for the request, for example, incident data, trends supporting the issue.

More information

The Department of Health and Human Services has provided supporting documentation to help health services with their application:

  • Regional Health Infrastructure Fund Guidelines
  • Regional Health Infrastructure Fund Frequently asked questions - available to download from this page
  • List of eligible agencies
  • A list of projects funded through Rounds One, Two and Three is available to download from this page.

Queries can be directed to Jodie Jinnette on 9194 8547 or email rhif@dhhs.vic.gov.au.