$200M is available from the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to help hospitals with facilities upgrade and meet the needs of their communities.

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

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Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is a dedicated new fund to rebuild rural and regional hospitals will ensure families in regional Victoria have access to the quality health care they deserve.


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 Victorian Government has established the $200 million Regional Health Infrastructure Fund as part of its commitment to better health for people in rural and regional Victoria. The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund will assist regional and rural health services to improve:

  • safety and quality of services
  • service capacity
  • models of care
  • patient and staff amenity and
  • service efficiency.

Projects will be determined through application-based funding rounds, with rural and regional hospitals and health services and agencies able to make submissions.



The Department of Health and Human Services will oversee an annual grants process of $50 million per year for four years. The first round was delivered in 2016-17. The second round opens on Monday, 22 May 2017.


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 and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations. In the second round eligibility has been expanded to include publicly funded community palliative care services.


Eligible Projects

Regional Health Infrastructure Fund can be used to build new or remodel existing facilities to provide greater comfort for patients and enable doctors and nurses to deliver safer, and more efficient care. Health services can also apply to buy equipment including furniture, fittings, and medical equipment or upgrade essential infrastructure such as plant equipment, systems to reduce power and water usage and information and communications technology. In summary, the grants can be used for:

  • construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects
  • equipment including: standalone furniture, fittings, medical equipment 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:

  • 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
  • Safety and quality of services including compliance with regulatory requirements and reduction of clinical risk.



Applications close 21 August 2017.


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 More Information



#AgencyTypeProject allocationProject name
1Albury Wodonga HealthRegional Health Service$330,414Upgrade of facilities and equipment at Kerford

Inpatient Unit, Mackie House OPMHS

Wangaratta and Nolan House Albury

2Albury Wodonga HealthRegional Health Service$302,235Replacement of the Nurse Call system at Wodonga Hospital
3Bairnsdale Regional Health ServiceSub Regional Health Service$273,500Replacement of existing Chiller system servicing the Theatre Complex and Medical/surgical ward – Bairnsdale Hospital
4Ballan District Health and CareBush Nursing Hospitals$108,671Main Kitchen Refurbishment
5Ballan District Health and CareBush Nursing Hospitals$81,600Risk management system
6Ballan District Health and CareBush Nursing Hospitals$78,427Servers and associated equipment Redundancy and back-up
7Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative LtdRegional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation$6,000,000New standalone medical clinic and regional health – hub housing new and existing health and specialist services
8Ballarat Health ServicesRegional Health Service$1,000,000Planning for redesign of hot floor at Base Hospital
9Ballarat Health ServicesRegional Health Service$1,547,870Replacement of six Laparoscopic camera tower systems in Operating Suites – Ballarat Base Hospital
10Ballarat Health ServicesRegional Health Service$1,320,000Replacement of chillers – Queen Elizabeth Centre
11Ballarat Health ServicesRegional Health Service$150,225Expansion of current wireless network – Queen Elizabeth Centre
12Barwon HealthRegional Health Service$921,378Call Bell replacement program
13Barwon HealthRegional Health Service$600,000Cardiac  Services Telemetry Monitoring System
14Barwon HealthRegional Health Service$400,000Barwon Health Cancer Services Audio Visual Connections
15Bass Coast HealthSub Regional Health Service$611,000Theatre Air Handling Units (AHU’s), controls and Building Management System
16Bass Coast HealthSub Regional Health Service$55,400Neo-natal Resuscitation Cots
17Bass Coast HealthSub Regional Health Service$437,500Water filtration system and associated infrastructure
18Bass Coast HealthSub Regional Health Service$985,350Installation of sprinkler system to all bed based areas  – Wonthaggi Hospital
19Bass Coast HealthSub Regional Health Service$17,143Replacement of Instrument Drying Cabinet – Wonthaggi Hospital
20Bass Coast HealthSub Regional Health Service$982,000Replacement of the central chilled water plant
and associated equipment – Wonthaggi Hospital
21Beechworth Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$92,775Installation of a fire sprinkler system –- Beechworth Health Service
22Benalla HealthLocal Health Service$1,580,000Construction of a new building comprising seven single rooms with ensuites, a store room and a Nurse Unit Manager’s office – Morrie Evans Wing (Stage 1).
23Benalla HealthLocal Health Service$2,601,000Construction of a new building comprising nine single rooms with ensuites and ancillary areas – Morrie Evans Wing (stage 2)
24Benalla HealthLocal Health Service$52,670Purchase of Portable Ultrasound device – Benalla Hospital
25Benalla HealthLocal Health Service$32,970Purchase of a defibrillator monitor – Benalla Hospital
26Benalla HealthLocal Health Service$130,000Replacement of Clinical ICT infrastructure – Benalla Hospital
27Bendigo Community Health Services LtdRegistered Community  Health Service$384,150Fit-out of new premises (and the adjoining entry/reception area) adjoining current base at 171 Hargreaves Street
28Buchan Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$18,309Upgrade of Motor Vehicle – Buchan Bush Nursing Centre.
29Casterton Memorial HospitalSmall Rural Health Service$135,000Replacement of existing air conditioning system in Acute

Residential Care and Reception/Administration – Casterton Memorial Hospital.

30Central Gippsland Health ServiceSub Regional Health Service$4,126,691Expansion of the surgical services at Sale Hospital to include major orthopaedic surgery.
31Cobaw Community Health Services LtdRegistered Community  Health Service$9,771,000Construction of a new Health Community Access Hub – Cobaw Community Health
32Cobden District Health ServicesBush Nursing Hospitals$40,000Replacement of Hydronic Heating System, upgrade Switchboard and Controls – Community Health & Lovely Banks Nursing Home.
33Cobram District HealthSmall Rural Health Service$180,000Upgrade of current telecommunication infrastructure
34Cobram District HealthSmall Rural Health Service$370,000Upgrade of current electrical substation and main switchboard
35Cobram District HealthSmall Rural Health Service$460,000Replacement of the Chilled water system – Cobram Hospital
36Colac Area HealthLocal Health Service$642,000Installation of hydrant flow and pressure upgrade; automatic fire suppression systems; building occupant warning system
37Djerriwarrh Health ServicesLocal Health Service$9,000,000Operating Theatre Renovation
38Djerriwarrh Health ServicesLocal Health Service$1,590,000Maternity Unit Renovation
39East Grampians Health ServiceLocal Health Service$4,120,000Expanded Community Health Centre
40Edenhope and District Memorial HospitalSmall Rural Health Service$6,317,642Redevelopment of the aged care facilities – Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital
41Elmhurst Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$8,930Carpet replacement in clinical areas
42Euroa Health IncBush Nursing Hospitals$231,104Replacement of Nurse Call and security system. Installation of solar panels – Euroa Health.
43Gelantipy District Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$28,388Upgrade Motor Vehicle
44Goulburn Valley HealthRegional Health Service$9,957,000Waranga Campus Redevelopment to support the co-location of acute health, aged care and community health services from the Waranga Memorial Hospital on a single, central site in Rushworth
45Hepburn Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$2,475,875Creswick Nursing Home Redevelopment
46Hepburn Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$354,632Replacement of ICT equipment – Hepburn Health Service, Daylesford, Creswick, Trentham and Clunes campuses
47Kilmore and District HospitalSmall Rural Health Service$337,103Purchase of clinical equipment for Maternity and Neonatal services
48Kilmore and District HospitalSmall Rural Health Service$143,500Replacement of Nurse Call for  Caladenia Nursing Home
49Kyabram and District Health ServicesLocal Health Service$823,180Remodelling Urgent Care Services and Acute Services hub – Kyabram and District Health Services
50Kyneton District Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$167,750Replacement of backup Generator – Kyneton District Health Service
51Latrobe Regional HospitalRegional Health Service$2,621,000Expansion of the Special Care Nursery to treat neonates – Latrobe Hospital.
52Lockington & District Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$47,890Replacement Motor Vehicle
53Lockington & District Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$44,138Expansion of verandah – Lockington & District Bush Nursing Centre.
54Lyndoch LivingIncorporated Public Residential Aged Care Service$494,216Replacement of Nurse call duress alarm system Lyndoch Living
55Maldon HospitalSmall Rural Health Service$341,431Provision of dementia friendly outdoor living area sheltered from the weather and gardening activity area – Jessie Bowe House, Maldon Hospital
56Mansfield District HospitalSmall Rural Health Service$475,000Refurbishment of bathrooms, bedrooms, medication room and staff dining area in Buckland House Nursing Home – Mansfield District Hospital
57Maryborough District Health ServiceLocal Health Service$258,000Replacement and upgrade of MDHS Dunolly Fire pump
58Maryborough District Health ServiceLocal Health Service$898,800Increasing access to Medical Imaging Services
59Mildura Base HospitalSub Regional Health Service$2,164,900Redevelopment and refurbishment of the Inpatient Unit to assist with the reduction in restrictive intervention
60Mildura Base HospitalSub Regional Health Service$2,296,000Expansion of the Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit – Mildura Base Hospital
61Moyne Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$2,100,000Urgent Care Centre at Port Fairy
62Nagambie HealthCareBush Nursing Hospitals$258,376Upgrade of fire protection system – Nagambie HealthCare
63Nexus Primary HealthRegistered Community  Health Service$616,831Renovation and remodelling of the Nexus Primary Health Wallan site including treatment area, pharmacy, kitchen and installation of elevator – Nexus Wallan
64Northeast Health WangarattaSub Regional Health Service$15,175,000Construction of new 12 bed Critical Care Unit; construction of new medical records unit; relocate Oncology; expansion of Emergency Departments and clinics; and associated engineering infrastructure – Wangaratta campus
65Otway Health and Community ServicesMulti Purpose Service$371,757Upgrading Urgent care Unit at Apollo Bay
66Rochester and Elmore District Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$488,525Replacement of Surgical Services equipment – Rochester Hospital.
67Rochester and Elmore District Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$80,342Upgrade of duress and Critical Messaging system
68South West HealthcareSub Regional Health Service$5,500,000Total Planning for stage 2 Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment. (confirmed 11/5/17)
69South West HealthcareSub-Regional$749,024Refurbish Operating Theatre Complex
70South West HealthcareSub-Regional$1,251,740Medical Equipment
71Stawell Regional HealthLocal Health Service$220,000Purchase of two sterilizers to expand CSSD capacity
72Swan Hill District HealthSub Regional Health Service$2,660,000Establishment of Sub Acute Services to include GEM, General Rehabilitation, Palliative care and Transition Care Program – Swan Hill District Health
73Swifts Creek Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$6,993Install an automatic switch for backup generator – Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre
74Swifts Creek Bush Nursing CentreBush Nursing Centre$3,945Install a CCTV system – Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre.
75Tallangatta Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$263,843Upgrade of fire protection system – Tallangatta Health Service (main building, acute ward, Bolga Court and Lakeview residential care).
76Timboon and District Healthcare ServiceMulti Purpose Service$133,220Replacement of existing emergency generator – Timboon Hospital
77Upper Murray Health and Community ServiceMulti Purpose Service$783,479Replacement of the Air Conditioning systems
– Corryong Hospital
78West Gippsland Healthcare GroupSub Regional Health Service$1,000,000Planning of redevelopment Warragul Hospital
79West Gippsland Healthcare GroupSub Regional Health Service$3,300,000Establishment and operation of 8 bed Short Stay Unit
80West Gippsland Healthcare GroupSub Regional Health Service$6,000,000Establishment and operation of a 3rd Operating Room and required infrastructure
81West Wimmera Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$352,560Upgrade of the Air Conditioning System – Nhill Campus
82West Wimmera Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$396,003Upgrade of the fire detection system – Nhill, Natimuk, Rainbow and Jeparit campuses
83Wimmera Health Care GroupSub Regional Health Service$2,600,000Contribution to $5.2 m Wimmera Cancer Care Centre
84Wimmera Health Care GroupSub Regional Health Service$634,245Upgrade of Medical Records, Telephony and ICT infrastructure – Horsham and Dimboola campuses
85Wimmera Health Care GroupSub Regional Health Service$90,741Replacement of ICU Patient Monitoring System
86Wimmera Health Care GroupSub Regional Health Service$500,000Installation of Fire Sprinklers in Acute Building
87Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre IncBush Nursing Centre$8,634Installation security system
88Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre IncBush Nursing Centre$6,000Upgrade computer server
89Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre IncBush Nursing Centre$2,699Replace vaccine fridge.
90Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre IncBush Nursing Centre$34,650Install of back-up generator
91Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre IncBush Nursing Centre$33,400Replacement Motor Vehicle
92Yarram and District Health ServiceSmall Rural Health Service$4,000,000Constructing new integrated Healthcare Centre – Yarram Hospital
93Yarrawonga HealthSmall Rural Health Service$413,031Refurbishment of the aged infrastructure in Warrina Hostel
Round 1 total$132,050,795


Some Recent Case Studies


The Education Investment Fund is one of three Nation-building funds established by the Nation-building Funds Act 2008.

The role of the EIF is to build a modern, productive, internationally competitive Australian economy by supporting world leading, strategically focused infrastructure investments.

Ben Cusack worked with the following clients to develop their grant applications:

  • 2011 – Southern Cross University – $46M Project – $33M Grant
  • 2012 – Southern Cross University – $39M Project – $28M Grant


Bulletpoint assisted the Greater Shepparton City Council to receive $7.19 million towards the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct through the Regional Development Australia Fund Round Four.

This project will substantially expand the capacity of the 65 hectare Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct (GSRSP) by building new fields and facilities for a range of sports.

It will provide modern infrastructure for the site, including a linking boulevard, fencing, landscaping, playgrounds, signage, car parks, traffic signals and supporting works.

The project will include construction of five new football fields, a new synthetic hockey pitch and athletics track, and eight new netball courts, together with upgrades to existing multipurpose fields. New lighting, pavilions and improved spectator amenities feature in most elements of the project.


Future Industries Fund Grant Consultant

Bulletpoint assisted Harry & Larry’s Ice-cream secure $1,200,000. Based in Brunswick, Harry & Larry’s manufacture a range of specialty ice creams.

The grant will see 30 new jobs created and investment in a factory expansion with custom engineered production lines, including the latest freezing technology, to make a range of gourmet ice creams and desserts in complex shapes and layers.



Bulletpoint assisted KHA secure $1.04M for a National Education Program for End Stage Kidney Disease. The cumulative cost to the Australian Government of treating all current and new cases of ESKD from 2009 to 2020 is estimated at around $12 billion. The project will support the development of comprehensive education to support the patient journey towards home dialysis potentially saving $430 M.


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Bulletpoint assisted Healthfirst secure $770,000 to provide telehealth training and support to 800 health professionals in South Australia.Healthfirst are major providers of health care services and training in Australia.They focus on improving access and models of care (service redesign) in General Practice and community settings.



Bulletpoint assisted Eldercare secure $400,000 to build workforce capacity and capability in Residential Aged Care.Eldercare is a not-for-profit aged care provider with 22 locations throughout Adelaide, South Australia.The project will focus on increasing the competencies of carers from a sample of locations and reconfiguring their roles.


Media Release

More regional Victorians will be able to get the health care they need closer to home, thanks to a big Budget boost for the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF).

The $50 million boost, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19, was announced today, as Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards at Bendigo Health’s Golden Oaks Nursing Home.

The now $250 million fund – the largest of its kind in Victorian history – will go to rebuilding rural and regional hospitals to ensure all Victorians can access the quality care and facilities they need, no matter where they live. Already the RHIF has funded 172 projects across regional Victoria, creating over 430 construction jobs.

While in Bendigo, Premier Daniel Andrews also announced that the Golden Oaks Nursing Home would receive nearly $5 million through the second round of the Labor Government’s RHIF programensuring residents get the modern, high quality facilities they deserve.

This funding boost will be used to build a new 15-bed wing, enabling the majority of residents to move from dual occupancy to single rooms, and securing the long-term future of this aged care facility.

This will mean residents can look forward to more private and comfortable bedrooms, as well as safer and more modern amenities. A dining room and kitchen upgrade will also allow for meals to be cooked fresh onsite.

Meanwhile, construction is now underway on a $3.5 million project to build a link between the Golden Oaks Nursing Home and the 45-bed Carshalton House. This project – funded in conjunction with Bendigo Health and a generous bequest – will further improve the quality of life for residents.

Last year’s Budget delivered $1.67 billion to help hospitals meet demand and provide the care Victorian patients deserve, as well as $428.5 million in new hospital upgrades. In 2017/18, Bendigo Health received $290.5 million in funding from the Labor Government – a whopping $56.7 million increase on the Liberals’ last Budget.

This is in stark contrast to Malcolm Turnbull who has declared his intention to short-change Victoria’s hospitals by $2.1 billion – and put patients at risk – with his proposed and deeply flawed National Health Reform Agreement.

Hitting local patients hard, Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed agreement would mean a $56.8 million shortfall for Bendigo Health – the equivalent of 191 fewer doctors, 455 fewer nurses or 9,155 fewer surgeries.