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Resources for Regions

The Resources for Regions program demonstrates a commitment by the NSW Government to support mining-impacted communities in NSW. The program aims to support the ongoing prosperity of mining communities in regional NSW by providing economic opportunities, improved local amenity and positive social outcomes.

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Since 2012, Resources for Regions has delivered $295 million to 65 projects in mining-related communities across NSW (Rounds one – six). Funded projects include roads, water and sewerage systems, and social infrastructure such as local childcare centres.

The Program was refreshed for Round Seven in 2020, with key changes such as prescribed allocations of funding guaranteed for eligible councils to ensure funding will flow where it is needed most; and community programs are now eligible in addition to infrastructure projects. 

Applications are closed for Round Seven

Applications for the $50 million Resources for Regions Round Seven closed on 2 September 2020. Successful projects are expected to be notified from mid-November 2020.

Round Seven Program Information


Resources for Regions Strategic Review

In 2019 a strategic review of the Resources for Regions program was undertaken, in consultation with key stakeholders. The design of  Round Seven of the program incorporated a new set of funding criteria and key findings from the review. 

A summary document of the review, outlining key findings, the consultation process and recommendations is now available.  

A summary report (PDF, 137.05 KB)


The review makes several key recommendations to reshape and refocus the program including:

  • The program objectives should be updated and refined in order to better target the scope of the program.
  • Applications should link proposed projects to the relevant Local Government Area's (LGA) Community Strategic Plan or relevant NSW Government Regional Plan.
  • The scope of eligible projects should be broadened to include both infrastructure and programs.
  • Each mining-impacted LGA will be eligible to apply for a guaranteed amount of funding for their region.

These recommendations have been considered when designing the latest round of the program to ensure it best supports the needs of mining-impacted communities in NSW.

The University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance undertook research and analysis to inform the review of the Resources for Regions program.  

Download the UTS report (PDF, 736.1 KB)

More Information

If you would like more information on the Resources for Regions program, please contact us on or call 1300 679 673.



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