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Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund

The $200 million Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund provides vital government funding to health services and agencies across Melbourne to improve service capacity, service efficiency and deliver contemporary models of care.

Established in 2020 as part of the Victorian Budget 2020-21, the fund was created to:

  • improve the safety and quality of services
  • enhance service capacity and efficiency
  • support contemporary models of care
  • improve patient and staff amenity.









The Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund will provide grants to eligible applicants for:

  • construction - including replacement, reconfiguration, 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, e.g. fire safety works.

Priority will be given to applications that address:

  • fire safety
  • infection prevention and control
  • minor medical equipment
  • healthcare worker safety
  • construction works.

Priority will also be given to applications from community health services and Aboriginal community controlled health organisations.

Improved models of care

The fund will enable health services and agencies to adopt new technologies and deliver contemporary models of care, improving the quality and safety of care for patients and staff.

Support growing demand

Metropolitan health services and agencies will have increased capacity to deliver healthcare in their facilities, meeting growth in demand for services. These benefits will flow through to the wider community, with patients returning home and getting back to work, school, family or community life more quickly.

Stronger local economies

Construction and upgrades of metropolitan 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.

Greater community support

The Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund has dedicated funding categories for Aboriginal community controlled health services and community health services. These services provide personalised and culturally sensitive care to local communities and can create hubs that encourage local health professionals to work collaboratively.

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

Applications for the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund opened on 11 February 2021.

Applicants should refer to the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund guidelines for information on:

  • eligibility criteria
  • submission process 
  • submission requirements
  • assessment criteria
  • conditions of funding.

Please note:

  • applications are limited to two submissions per health service or agency campus
  • all applications can be lodged through the SmartyGrants portal
  • the online application form must be completed in its entirety and further information and supporting documentation should be provided as attachments to the application form.

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Need help?

Technical assistance regarding completion of the online form can be obtained through reviewing the help guide for applicants at SmartyGrants, or emailing SmartyGrants or calling (03) 9320 6888.

For assistance regarding the funding program please email

More information

Additional documentation to guide and support your applications can be found here:


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Last updated: 12 February 2021