Local Economic Recovery projects are beginning to be announced across bushfire-affected areas. Learn more.

Local recovery projects

Local Economic Recovery and Complementary Projects Fund

On 11 May 2020, the Australian Government announced $448.5 million in Local Economic Recovery (LER) and Complementary Project funding. This money will help bushfire-affected communities restore local economies and build back better, and it is supported by additional co-funding contributions from states.

The LER funding supports locals to lead recovery in their area. With our state and local partners, we can make sure support goes to where it’s needed. By partnering with state governments to co-fund projects, the NBRA can maximise funding available to affected communities.

We know it takes time for communities to move forward after a disaster. The most effective approach to long-term social and economic recovery is to:

  • listen to the advice of the local communities who know what is best for their recovery
  • support local recovery priorities.

A collaborative, well-coordinated, and flexible approach to recovery is key.

The process for funding LER projects

State governments are running the process of identifying the right projects to meet community needs, in line with national criteria agreed among states and the NBRA. These criteria are set out in Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

The process is a bit different in each state – some are doing an open call for project ideas, while others are working directly with local recovery committees and councils on local priorities. Great things take time, but momentum is gathering and the first projects are beginning to be approved.  

Projects are being assessed and announced progressively. Some information is below about who you can talk to in your area, to make sure the priorities for you and your community are factored in.

South Australia

The South Australian Government is consulting directly with local councils, recovery committees, communities, and other stakeholders in bushfire-affected areas. Projects already announced include Kangaroo Island’s desalination project. More projects are expected to be considered in the coming weeks. 


Submissions for the Expressions of Interest closed on 7 September 2020. To learn more about the process and eligibility visit the Queensland Reconstruction Authority websiteSix Queensland projects have already been announced. More projects are expected to be considered in the coming months. 


Applications open for the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery program grants on 27 October 2020. For more information about the process and eligibility visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/blerfund.


The Victorian Government is working with local councils, recovery committees and communities to identify projects to meet priority recovery needs. Five Victorian projects have already been announced. For more information, or to register an expression of interest (EOI) for a project idea, visit the Victoria Local Economic Recovery Program page at www.vic.gov.au/local-economic-recovery-program-bushfire-affected-communities.

How can I find out more?

See the national information in our Frequently Asked Questions.

We’ll provide regular updates on LER co-funding and state government processes, as well as successful projects, through the NBRA newsletter as they become available.