After removing the WASP (Water and Sewerage Program) and SCAP (Small Community Assistance Program) funding which had supported water industry infrastructure across the state, the Queensland 2009/10 State Budget committed $496.9 million to councils to support all essential community infrastructure. The Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program started in July 2011 but supported few water and sewerage capital works projects.
In the 2012 State election program the LGAQ 10 point plan requested the return of targeted funding for water and sewerage infrastructure but from 2012-15 state funding for water and sewerage was sporadic, coming mostly from Royalties for Regions.
In 2015 the LGAQ 10 point plan again requested the return of targeted funding for water and sewerage but none of the parties included specific funding in their election commitments.
At this stage, local government are eligible to apply for the National Stronger Regions Funding for infrastructure projects which provide economic benefit and have an identifiable and sustainable impact on a region. The NSRF will match up to $10M in capital funding to increase access to water and waste services, support improved water management or enhance irrigation services. Routine upgrades and repairs will not be funded. See http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF/ for more information.
For skills-related funding opportunities see State and National Skills Initiatives.
Grants and Funding Documents
QWRCIP Scholarships - Release Date 19-Jun-2017: - The Queensland Water Regional Communities Innovations Program is a charitable venture to help address urban water and sewerage challenges facing small and remote communities. Investment from corporate and other sources will provide scholarships to employees of qldwater member organisation with 10,000 or fewer connections. (32KB)
e Flash # 131 - 30 August 2011 - Release Date 30-Aug-2011: - 1. Reminder - $45 Million Infrastructure Funding for Councils. | 2. National Workforce Development Fund. | 3. Queensland Police Counter-Terrorism Stakeholder Security Report. | 4. AWA North Qld Regional Conference - Mackay 8 & 9 September 2011. (38KB)
e Flash #120 - 1 June 2011 - Release Date 01-Jun-2011: - 1. qldwater Response to Productivity Commission Draft Report. | 2. Skills Queensland Strategic Investment Fund Launched. | (34KB)
e Flash #119 - 25 May 2011 - Release Date 25-May-2011: - 1. Research to Address Chlorate Residuals. | 2. Water Sensitive Future Workshops. | 3. IWC Water Leader Scholarships. | (35KB)
e Flash #118 - 18 May 2011 - Release Date 18-May-2011: - 1. Round 3 PPP Funding - Last Chance to Apply. | 2. Barcoo Council Wins best of the West Water Taste Test. | (32KB)
e Flash #108 - 25 February 2011 - Release Date 25-Feb-2011: - 1. Call for Papers, Roma and Normanton. |
2. Local Government Statutes Review Discussion Paper. |
3. Critical Skills Infrastructure Fund. | (33KB)
e Flash #95 - 25 October 2010 - Release Date 25-Oct-2010: - 1. Department of Education Approves New Funding for Water Operations Training. | 2. Productive Ageing Package - Funding Opportunity to Train Older Workers. | (32KB)
Water Leaders Scholarships 2011 Available - Release Date 05-Jun-2010: - Full and partial scholarships avaialble from October 2010 for the 2011 year to study at the International Water Centre's Masters of Integrated Water Management. (769KB)
Description of capital roll-out program for fluoridation - Release Date 11-Nov-2008: - Letter to Service Providers from Implementation Project Management Group (Cardno-Beca) that was sent to Council CEO's and Mayors on 10 November 2008 providing an overview of how to access the Fluroidation Capital Assistance Program. | Free member download. | Third Party document that may be superseded. | (44KB)
QFCAP (Fluoridation Assistance) process diagram - Release Date 11-Nov-2008: - Fluoridation Capital Assistance Program process diagram that was sent to Council CEO's and Mayors on 10 November 2008. The flow diagram gives an overview of the support and functions provided by the IPMG (Implementation Program Management Group). | Free member download. | DLGP document that may be superseded. | (225KB)
Waterfund Community Grants - Release Date 21-Sep-2007: - Waterfund Community Grants, being offered by the National Water Commission to Local Governments and community organisations with the purpose of helping local community organisations save, recycle or improve the health of their local water resources. Please see attached funding factsheet for links and details. (177KB)
Lifestyle Waterwise Grants - Release Date 09-Sep-2007: - Information on Lifestyle WaterWise Grants Program being offered by the Department of Natural Resources and Water for NGO not for profit organisations. This is the 2nd and final round of funding with the closing date of 5 October 2007. Further information available on attached PDF. (124KB)
DLGSR Calendar for Subsidy Offers - Release Date 06-Aug-2007: - A calendar showing default dates for Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation to release offers for various subsidies. This is a copy of the information sheet available at the DLGSR website. (121KB)
ARCHIVE - Fluoridation Assistance Program (QFAP) - Release Date 29-Jun-2007: - The Queensland Fluoridation Assistance Program started in 2006, with the then Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation providing $6 million in funding for communities of more than 5000 planning to fluoridate their water supplies. | Free members download. | Archive only. | (382KB)