IAHP Stage 2 Major Capital Works Program

Up to $35M is available from Major Capital Works Program to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with access to effective high quality health care services.


Major Capital Works Program

The IAHP (Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme) Major Capital Works Program aims to improve access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to safe and effective essential health services through the provision of culturally appropriate, fit for purpose health infrastructure across Australia.



The IAHP (Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme) was established by the Australian Government on 1 July 2014. The IAHP provides funding for a range of activities including those focusing on primary health care, child, maternal and family health, and chronic disease prevention and management.

The objective of the IAHP is to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with access to effective high quality health care services in urban, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia. This includes through Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, wherever possible and appropriate, as well as mainstream services delivering comprehensive, culturally appropriate primary health care.

The expected outcomes of the IAHP include improvements in:

  • the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • access to high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care; and
  • system level support to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care sector to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of services.

Implementation of the IAHP aligns with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013 – 2023: Implementation Plan, which focusses on systematic service improvement and addressing geographic disparities through more effective and innovative regional arrangements.

The IAHP and Major Capital Works Program will be undertaken according to the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines (CGRGs).



Through this Grant Opportunity process, the Australian Government is making available total funding of up to $35 million (GST exclusive) over three financial years from 2018-19 to  2020-21 for the IAHP Major Capital Works Program.


Eligible Projects

The application must be for the same project that was shortlisted under the Stage One Expression of Interest.

Funded projects must be consistent with the outcomes and objectives of the Grant Opportunity.

The following activities and items are eligible to receive funding under the Grant Opportunity:

  • purchasing, building (including prefabricated structures), extending or refurbishing clinics and/or clinical staff accommodation, purchase of freehold vacant land (when required as part of a building activity), repairs and maintenance costs, furniture and fittings, and professional fees associated with undertaking the above works;
  • the payment of statutory charges and costs associated with the connection of essential services, such as power, water and sewerage;
  • professional services associated with the project management of Commonwealth funded capital works projects;
  • works which complement capital projects currently funded by the department where significant benefit from the additions can be demonstrated – funds must not be used for any previously funded works; and
  • the purchase and installation of renewable energy equipment in remote locations including where the electricity supply is unreliable or a significant cost for health service providers.

For most projects the department will require a Suitably Qualified Construction Project Manager to be engaged by the Grantee to supervise all construction works for the duration of the project.

The department may also consider other options for meeting the capital outcomes sought from Grant Opportunity applications, including funding IBA to own and lease infrastructure to applicants, where better value with relevant money can be achieved.  Such an arrangement would require the agreement of the organisation currently receiving primary health care funding to deliver clinical services under the IAHP through a leasing arrangement with IBA (i.e. the applicant of this grant opportunity).


Eligible Applicants

Only organisations shortlisted from the EOI Stage One process and invited to apply under Stage Two are eligible to apply for funding under this grant opportunity. Submitting an application for this Stage Two Grant Opportunity does not guarantee funding.

The application must be for the same project that was shortlisted under the EOI Stage One process.

Only Organisations invited to apply under Stage Two are eligible and will be considered under this Grant Opportunity.



Applications close 19 November 2018.


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