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 $350 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
Submissions for round 4 of the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, which includes the Public Sector Residential Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund closed in December 2019.
The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund and the Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund aim to achieve the following benefits:
Largest grant program of its kind
The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, which includes the Public Sector Residential Aged Care Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, is the largest grant program of its kind in Victorian history.
The $350 million fund enables rural and regional public health and residential aged care 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 public health and residential aged care services across the state, so Victorians can access quality healthcare, no matter where they live. This means people can access health and residential aged 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 and the Public Sector Residential Aged Care 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 public health and residential aged care services provide opportunities for local trades and businesses to undertake project-based work.
The expansion of public health and residential aged care 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.
The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund also supports Aboriginal community-run 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 and Human Services Building Authority and delivered by the public funded health service provider.
$200M FUND ESTABLISHEDMAY 2016
ConstructionsJUNE 2016ROUND 1 APPLICATIONS OPENED
ROUND 2 APPLICATIONS OPENEDMAY 2017
ConstructionsAPR 2018FUND INCREASED TO $250M
ROUND 3 APPLICATIONS OPENEDJUNE 2018
ConstructionsIncl. $10M for aged careMAY 2019FUND INCREASED TO $350MIncl. $10M for aged care
ROUND 4 CLOSEDDEC 2019
MAY 2016$200M FUND ESTABLISHED
JUNE 2016ConstructionsROUND 1 APPLICATIONS OPENED
MAY 2017ROUND 2 APPLICATIONS OPENED
APR 2018ConstructionsFUND INCREASED TO $250M
JUNE 2018ROUND 3 APPLICATIONS OPENED
MAY 2019ConstructionsIncl. $10M for aged careFUND INCREASED TO $350MIncl. $10M for aged care