On 22nd May the Australian Government announced a $1.8 Billion package. This week’s blog is all about the Australian Government as we analyse what this means for you.
Continuing with our popular Q&A Series.....
Q: When will governments start to roll out the large-scale funds for shovel ready projects?
A: The large-scale shovel ready funds have begun, led by Victoria. Monday 18th May 2020, Danial Andrews, Premier of Victoria announced ‘Building Works: More Jobs for Victorians’. We have provided an extensive extract of the media release as we expect other states to follow shortly along very similar lines and it’s important to understand the focus of the funding. Do you have your projects shovel ready?
Q: When will grants get back to normal?
A: Never is the simple answer, as there is no such thing as normal when it comes to grants. In the over 40 years that Colin has worked in government and had an association with grants and funding in some form, the only normal is constant change. In seeking out funding it has to be remembered that what you are doing, and what Section51 helps you with, is achieving good things for your community. That remains the same. What changes constantly is what the funding providers are looking for and the process they use. We don’t reuse applications, even if it is for the same project, for the reason that every grant program is different to the last.
Q: How do we keep track of what grant funds are available? There are so many announcements, it’s just constant and confusing.
Don’t be confused by announcements. Announcements do not necessarily mean a grant program is open. We know everyone is trying hard to do the right thing but we still have politics and media grabs with State and Australian Government looking for headlines. The same grant program can be announced 2, 3 or more times before it is opened.
Welcome to the start of our series of regular Q&As, providing an inside perspective of the response of both Canberra and your state government in supporting local government through hibernation to economic recovery.
This Q&A has been prepared in response to multiple requests to Section51 from council staff asking ‘what is happening’ with funding and support for local government. We will not repeat the vast amount of official information and advice from government or your LGA. We are providing our personal perspective from the inside workings of Canberra. We may not know the answer to many questions, but we do know how to find out.
At the end of each Q&A we provide a simple 3 x 3 process to help guide you and council through the funding process. 3 tasks for the week, the next 3 weeks and 3 months. This will be updated for each Q&A.
Enough of an introduction, let’s get into answering some of the questions we have been asked.