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Regional Health Infrastructure Fund

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) provides vital government funding to rural and regional health services and agencies across Victoria so these services can continue to provide safe and efficient care to local communities.

Established in 2016, the $490 million fund is the largest program of its type in Victoria and was created to improve:

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

What's new

2020-21 funding round

The 2020-21 funding round closed on 31 March 2021.

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund grants are available to eligible applicants 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
  • compliance related capital and/or upgrade works
  • motor vehicles - eligibility restricted to bush nursing centres only.

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund aims to achieve the following benefits:

Largest grant program of its kind

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history.

The $490 million fund enables rural and regional health services to invest in modern infrastructure and equipment to continue providing safe and efficient care to local communities. 

Care closer to home

The fund supports rural and regional health services across the state, so Victorians can access high quality healthcare, no matter where they live. This means people can access health care services within their own communities.

Support growing demand

Victoria is the fastest-growing state in Australia. That’s why the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund is helping rural and regional Victoria meet growing demand by upgrading public health and residential aged care services and providing them with high quality, modern equipment and facilities.

New or redeveloped facilities support more patients to access care locally. Modern e-health technologies enable health providers to work efficiently and to link patients in remote areas with the care they need.

Stronger local economies

Construction and upgrades of rural and regional health services provide opportunities for local trades and businesses to undertake project-based work.

The expansion of public health services can also provide ongoing employment opportunities for medical and healthcare professionals and create employment pathways for younger generations. The fund can help contribute to the economic viability of rural and regional communities and aims to improve liveability now, and into the future.

Community support

The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund also supports Aboriginal community controlled health services, women’s health services and bush nursing centres. These services support rural and regional Victorians to access holistic care in a familiar environment. They can also create thriving hubs that encourage local health professionals to work collaboratively.

Projects funded through the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastructure Fund are administered by the Victorian Health Building Authority and delivered by the public funded health service provider.

Round 5 applications for the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund opened on 11 February 2021 and closed on 31 March 2021.

Need help?

For assistance regarding the funding programs, please email rhif@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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Additional supporting documentation:

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Last updated: 01 June 2021