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What is Regional Health Infrastructure Fund?

In 2016 the Victorian Government established the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund as part of its commitment to better health for people in rural and regional Victoria. The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund has continued and is administered as an annual grant program. Round 4 will be delivered in 2019-20.


How to get this grant?

Your Regional Health Infrastructure Fund application will need to show:

  1. How your hospital is under demand pressures from increasing population or changing demographics. What evidence do you have?
  2. How your current buildings are not fit for purpose? An example is moving from low-care to high-care residential aged services? How can you prove this?
  3. That your buildings and equipment need a major refurbishment? Why are your current facilities not adequate?
  4. That safety and quality of services is being compromised? Do you have figures or incidents to support this claim?
  5. That you are failing compliance and regulatory requirements. Any evidence to support this?
  6. Clinical risk is increasing.  Can you show a trend of increasing risks or a recent risk management report?



The key objective of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is to assist regional and rural health services to improve:

  • safety and quality of services, including risk management relating to assets and infrastructure
  • enhance service capacity
  • support delivery of efficient models of care,
  • patient and staff amenity, and
  • service efficiency.

Funding allocation under the programs is outlined in the Department of Health and Human Services Policy and Funding Guidelines and approved by the Minister for Health.



Round 4 of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will include a $10 million Aged Care component which will be administered as a discrete grant program. The Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will utilise the same submission process, timelines and assessment framework as Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services manages the Fund as an annual Grant program.

Round 4 will comprise a mixture of direct Ministerial allocations and submission based allocations. Round 1, 2 and 3 were heavily oversubscribed, receiving more than $350 million of funding requests.

Round 4 will make a number of direct allocations to prioritised critical infrastructure replacement, small medical equipment and business continuity priorities that are ‘project ready’ that were unsuccessfully submitted for previous rounds.


Eligible Projects

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is available for:

  • Construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects
  • Equipment including: standalone furniture, fittings, medical equipment, engineering infrastructure and plant
  • Information and communications technology
  • New technologies including systems to reduce usage and increase efficiencies of power and/or water

Priority will be given to applications that address:

  • Model of Care redesign to mitigate demand pressures from increasing population and/or changing age profile
  • Need for buildings to be fit for purpose – e.g. moving from low care to high care residential aged services
  • Need for major refurbishment / repairs / replacement of ageing buildings and equipment that reflect infrastructure risk mitigation strategies.
  • Safety and quality of services including compliance with regulatory requirements and reduction of clinical risk.


Eligible Applicants

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is available to Victorian regional and subregional health services, local and small rural health services, multipurpose services, public residential aged care services, registered community health services, bush nursing hospitals and centres, women’s health services, Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations and publicly funded community specialist palliative care services.



Applications for Round 4 close 16 December 2019.


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Regional Health Infrastructure Fund Round 3 Recipients

#AgencyTypeProject allocationProject Description
1Albury Wodonga HealthAcute$2,000,000Fire Sprinklers Installation
2Albury Wodonga HealthPalliative Care$2,356,500Construction of Palliative Care sub-acute services Building
3Alpine HealthAged Care$120,000Replacement of two generators at Bright Hospital and Hawthorn Aged Care
4Alpine HealthAged Care$112,000Hot water boiler replacements at Myrtleford & Bright Health services
5Bairnsdale Regional Health ServiceMaternity$545,000Relocation of Family Birthing Centre
6Ballan District Health and CareAged Care$105,259Purchase of two high-efficiency boilers
7Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative LtdAboriginal Community$1,000,000Urgent safety upgrade to east wall of main building
8Ballarat Health ServicesAcute$1,046,500Replacement of ultrasound equipment
9Balmoral Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$126,009Replacement of two community transport buses
10Balmoral Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$93,286Refurbishment of site entrance including installation of CCTV & evacuation alarms. Separation of pedestrian and vehicular access
11Bass Coast HealthAcute$253,990Re-scaping of Helicopter Medical Transport Landing Site including installation of fire-fighting equipment
12Beaufort and Skipton Health ServiceAged Care$975,000Nursing home alterations and additions Beaufort Campus
13Beechworth Health ServiceAged Care$350,000Replacement of mechanical infrastructure including air conditioning systems
14Beechworth Health ServiceAcute$66,025Bed and trolley replacement
15Benalla HealthAged Care$58,000Installation of above ground water storage tank and fire pumps
16Bendigo Community Health Services LtdAcute$3,412,250Redevelopment of Holdsworth House and develop contemporary therapeutic treatment facility
17Boort District HealthAcute$90,000Construction of purpose-built maintenance workshop and storage facilities
18Boort District HealthAcute$200,000Construction of on-site short-term staff accommodation
19Buchan Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$20,150Motor vehicle upgrade
20Buchan Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$5,700Installation of staff and client security system, including CCTV monitoring & intercom system
21Cann Valley Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$40,000Motor vehicle replacement
22Casterton Memorial HospitalAcute$108,000Installation of fire sprinkler system in acute wing
23Castlemaine HealthAcute$165,522Upgrade of Central Sterilizing Services Department including steriliser replacement and reverse osmosis system
24Castlemaine HealthAcute$1,478,754Construction of car park to include disability access

Construction of purpose-built storage facility

25Castlemaine District Community Health LtdPrimary & Community Health$41,938Motor vehicle replacement

Replacement of clinical equipment, including defibrillator, physiotherapy bed and treadmill

26Castlemaine District Community Health LtdPrimary & Community Health$124,639ICT infrastructure upgrade including server, personal computers/monitors and website redevelopment
27Cobden District Health ServicesBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$4,488Replacement of computer wiring and cabling in Urgent Care Centre
28Cobram District HealthAcute$1,623,500Refurbishment of Irwin House residential aged care facility
29Cobram District HealthAcute$930,867Refurbishment and installation of new kitchen
30Cohuna District HospitalAcute$327,903Upgrade of essential facilities and equipment including nurse call system, fire detection system, ICT server, floor coverings, patient beds, theatre suction system, washer disinfector, and pan flusher
31Colac Area HealthAcute$200,000Replacement of Operating Theatre lights
32Dargo Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$53,211Installation of renewable energy system with climate control capabilities
33Dargo Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$15,163Minor refurbishment of Bush Nursing Centre
34Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health ServiceAboriginal Community$301,081Replacement of roofing iron, gutters and downpipes, internal ceiling repairs, carpeting, and minor repairs to wall at health facility
35Dingee Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$7,898Refurbishment of treatment and foyer areas
36Djerriwarrh Health ServicesAcute$160,000Central Water Dialysis Unit – Renal Dialysis unit
37Djerriwarrh Health ServicesAcute$1,150,000Upgrade of Mechanical Services – Maternity Ward
38East Grampians Health ServicePrimary & Community Health$630,000Engineering Infrastructure Replacement – Lift Replacement
39East Grampians Health ServicePrimary & Community Health$2,931,000Theatre Redevelopment and Expansion
40East Wimmera Health ServiceAcute$1,000,000Birchip Campus Redevelopment Project
41East Wimmera Health ServiceAcute$303,000St Arnaud Urgent Care Relocation Project
42Echuca Regional HealthAcute$184,162Air conditioning upgrade
43Edenhope and District Memorial HospitalAcute$817,000Refurbishment of Urgent Care Centre and Administration
44Elmhurst Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$32,100Installation of air-controlled cabinetry
45Ensay Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$20,000Minor refurbishment of Ensay Bush Nursing centre
46Euroa Health IncBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$190,000Refurbishment of bathrooms
47Gateway HealthPrimary & Community Health$250,000Cybersecurity enhancement across health service
48Gelantipy District Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$8,950Sound-proofing of clinical Areas
49Gelantipy District Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$5,272Replacement of ICT hardware and administration equipment
50Gippsland Southern Health ServiceAcute$246,862Operating Theatre equipment replacement and upgrade
51Gippsland Southern Health ServiceAcute$149,347Upgrade of Korumburra nurse call system
52Gippsland Women’s Health Service IncPrimary & Community Health$40,785Information and Communications Technology upgrade and replacement to connect to NBN
53Goulburn Valley HealthAcute$348,637Upgrade of the clinical areas used by Allied Health including cooling systems and flooring
54Goulburn Valley Hospice Care ServicePalliative Care$44,078Mobile technology: improving access, improving outcomes.
55Grampians Community HealthPrimary & Community Health$85,250Installation of solar panels on roof
56Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative LtdAboriginal Community$281,950Upgraded facilities to improve community access to health services
57Harrow Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$50,000Information and communication technology infrastructure replacement and upgrades
58Heathcote HealthPalliative Care$134,000Refurbishment of Palliative Care area
59Hepburn Health ServiceAged Care$770,000Creswick Aged Care upgrade to exiting Facility
60Hepburn Health ServiceAged Care$80,500Purchase of replacement Colonoscope, Light Source & Processor
61Hesse Rural HealthAged Care$250,500Natural Gas Conversion
62Hesse Rural HealthAged Care$199,518Upgrade and Replace Fire Detection, Monitoring Systems and Booster Pump set
63Heywood Rural HealthAged Care$183,000Fire Service Infrastructure Upgrade
64Heywood Rural HealthAged Care$6,500Dementia-friendly Resident Rooms and Outdoor Area Redevelopment Project
65Inglewood and Districts Health ServiceAged Care$20,000Purchase and installation of ceiling hoists in aged care facility
66Kilmore and District HospitalAcute$499,713Closed Circuit Television upgrade
67Kooweerup Regional Health ServiceAged Care$18,334Nurse call software upgrade
68Kooweerup Regional Health ServiceAged Care$138,800Replacement of Air conditioning in aged care centre
69Kyabram and District Health ServicesAcute$585,949Replacement Nurse Call System
70Kyabram and District Health ServicesAcute$500,000Operating Theatre central sterilising service upgrades
71Kyneton District Health ServicePalliative Care$26,606Replacement of Palliative Care beds
72Lake Bolac Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$6,700New internet server
73Lake Bolac Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$28,370Vehicle replacement
74Lockington & District Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$11,877Replacement of ICT hardware and administration equipment
75Mallee Track Health and Community ServicePrimary & Community Health$105,380Refurbishment of staff and student accommodation
76Mansfield District HospitalAcute$320,000Service Planning
77Maryborough District Health ServiceAcute$1,300,000Replacement of existing Computed Tomography equipment
78Mildura Base HospitalAcute$211,700Installation of negative pressure isolation room in Medical Ward
79Moyne Health ServicesAcute$630,452Replacement and capacity upgrade emergency power and electrical infrastructure
80Nathalia District HospitalAged Care$39,358Nathalia District Hospital floor covering replacement
81Nathalia District HospitalAged Care$45,580Installation of air conditioning system in Banawah campus
82Northeast Health WangarattaAcute$616,000Refurbishment of Maternity, Critical Care Unit and Emergency Department
83Omeo District HealthAcute$33,750Urgent Care Defibrillator Replacement
84Omeo District HealthAged Care$46,070Omeo District Health Air Conditioning
85Portland District HealthAcute$656,691Replacement of Perioperative Equipment
86Portland District HealthAcute$126,690Replacement of Central Sterilizing Service Department batch washer/thermal disinfector
87Portland District HealthAcute$320,000Service Planning
88Primary Care ConnectPrimary & Community Health$781,067Community Space upgrade of reception and waiting areas
89Primary Care ConnectPrimary & Community Health$257,742Technology upgrade to include telehealth facilities
90Red Cliffs and Community Aged Care Service IncAged Care$143,370Air Conditioner upgrades to high care building
91Rochester and Elmore District Health ServiceAged Care$200,000Bed and mattress replacement, installation of bed lights
92Rural Northwest HealthAged Care$132,840Refurbishment of residents’ bathrooms at Hopetoun Residential aged care facility
93Rural Northwest HealthAcute$32,558CCTV and lighting in facility carpark


Seymour HealthAcute$3,170,000Barrabill House Aged Care redevelopment to incorporate single rooms with ensuites
95Seymour HealthAcute$410,000Upgrade the fire detection system and sprinklers
96South West HealthcareMental Health$1,490,000Construction of purpose-built facility at Percy St site of Portland Community Mental Health Service
97Stawell Regional HealthAcute$293,979ICT infrastructure upgrade and digitizing of Medical Records
98Stawell Regional HealthAcute$912,600Upgrade and replace whole of health service Nurse Call and Duress System including security and fire panel upgrade
99Swan Hill District HealthAcute$200,000Replacement of flexible endoscopy equipment
100Swan Hill District HealthAcute$119,452Replacement of rigid endoscopy equipment.
101Swan Hill District HealthAcute$360,000Service Planning
102Swifts Creek Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$19,142Essential maintenance Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre including water re-usage pump
103Swifts Creek Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing – Hospital / Centre$18,348Installation of additional solar panels and L.E.D lighting across centre
104Terang & Mortlake CommunityAcute$273,659Kitchen corridor and fire safety upgrade
105Timboon and District Healthcare ServiceAcute$92,517Installation of new clinical patient monitoring system
106West Gippsland Healthcare GroupAcute$550,000Upgrade of Central Sterilizing Services Department including steriliser replacement and reverse osmosis system
107West Gippsland Healthcare GroupAcute$358,000Kitchen plant room upgrades to control air conditioning, hot water and flow control
108West Wimmera Health ServiceAcute$1,197,075Redevelopment of Central Sterilizing Services Department
109West Wimmera Health ServiceAcute$124,000Nhill Mira Roof Replacement
110Western District Health ServiceAged Care$326,628Penshurst Rural Health Service hydraulics and fire service upgrades
111Wimmera Health Care GroupAcute$982,578Upgrade of Central Sterilizing Services Department including steriliser replacement and reverse osmosis system
112Women’s Health Loddon Mallee IncWomen’s Health Service$85,000Floor Replacement
Round 3 Total$47,729,619


Regional Health Infrastructure Fund Round 2 Recipients






Project allocation


Project name

1Albury Wodonga HealthRegional Health Service$168,200Wi Fi Infrastructure upgrades
2Albury Wodonga HealthRegional Health Service$98,796Replace flooring & furniture for Residential older persons Mental Health facility
3Albury Wodonga HealthRegional Health Service$1,000,000ED  Planning Existing Commitment
4Bairnsdale Regional Health ServiceSub-Nursing Hospitals$124,072Acute ward Nurse call bell  infrastructure
5Ballan District Health and CareBush Nursing Hospital$14,030Medical Device washer and disinfector
6Ballarat Health ServicesRegional Health Service$411,500Air conditioner replacement Mental Health
7Ballarat Hospice Care IncPalliative Care$6,234,931Establishment of Palliative Care Hub in new Ballarat  Health precinct
8Barwon HealthRegional Health Service$3,000,000Mental Health Acute unit refurbishment
9Barwon HealthRegional Health Service$485,000refurbishment of Hydro pool
10Bass Coast HealthSub-Regional / Local Health Service$605,400body protection to patient care areas
11Bass Coast HealthSub-Regional / Local Health Service$315,000


Replacement of Emergency Lift
12Bass Coast HealthSub-Regional / Local Health Service$205,600Medical Air compressors and back up medical air manifold system
13Bass Coast HealthSub-Regional / Local Health Service$512,000Replacement air handling  units
14Bass Coast HealthSub-Regional / Local Health Service$287,080replacement fire panel
15Beechworth Health ServiceSub-Regional Health Service$30,000Replacement X-ray equipment
16Benalla HealthLocal Health Service$200,000Upgrade Soluscope and drying equipment
17Bendigo and District ACCHO Co-operative LtdACCHO$800,000Stage 2 Early Learning Years Centre
18Bendigo HealthRegional Health Service$4,984,000New 15 bed wing and refurbishment project
19Boort District HealthSub-Regional Health Service$992,691Relocation of Dental Clinic
20Cann Valley Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$49,654Bush Fire safety improvement
21Castlemaine HealthLocal Health Service$780,000bed replacement program
22Central Gippsland Health ServiceSub-Regional Health Service$466,000Air cooled Chiller Replacement
23Cobram District HealthSub-Regional Health Service$378,399Theatre equipment upgrade
24Cohuna District HospitalSub-Regional Health Service$213,400Fire systems upgrade
25Colac Area HealthLocal Health Service$349,266CSSD upgrade inc: Air-conditioning and reverse osmosis water to Theatre
26Dargo Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$43,412remote rural Nursing service car
27Dargo Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$3,823Mobile ICT device for Client communication
28Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health ServiceACCHO$154,464Refurbishment to accommodate Allied Health Services
39Dingee Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$5,603Service expansion support
30Djerriwarrh Health ServicesLocal Health Service$468,000CSSU  rectification building works
31East Wimmera Health ServiceSub-Regional Health Service$211,420St Arnaud Campus lift replacement
32East Wimmera Health ServiceSub-Regional Health Service$1,301,200Renovation of Birchip campus and Aged Care facility
33Echuca Regional HealthSub-Regional Health Service$958,297Operating Theatre equipment
34Elmhurst Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$27,802Vehicle replacement
35Ensay Bush Nursing centreBush Nursing Centre$82,000Vehicle replacement and Covered ambulance parking
36Gelantipy District Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$7,255Increase power efficiency
37Goolum Goolum ACCHO CooperativeACCHO$63,251Upgrade Hamilton Street Medical Clinic
38Heathcote HealthSub-Regional Health Service$260,934Fire Safety Works
39Heywood Rural Health$680,000To integrate Medical Clinic & Primary Care Services to Community Health Hub
40Indigo North Health$275,301Kitchen Refurbishment
41Indigo North HealthIncorporated Public Residential Aged Care$361,000Heating and Cooling