Fixing Local Roads Program

The NSW road network is over 180,000 kilometres in length, with approximately 80 per cent classified as ‘Local Roads’.

Local councils are currently responsible for maintaining well over 85 per cent of the NSW road network (including Regional and Local Roads).

Councils were able to apply for funding to complete vital works to improve journeys on these local roads which are used by regional communities every day, making journeys for locals, farmers and freight safer, more efficient and more reliable.

These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities. Better roads mean:

  • improved access to schools, towns, hospitals and jobs
  • increased efficiencies for our primary producers
  • easier movement of freight
  • better outcomes for road safety in regional and rural communities.

In 2020, the Australian Government committed an additional $191 million to the Fixing Local Roads Program to support economic activity in regional NSW. This increased the total funding for the Program to $691 million.

The Program has now provided funding to 577 projects across the state, improving the day-to-day lives of locals, ensuring better regional connections and supporting vital jobs in regional NSW. Better regional roads are providing a boost to regional tourism, and after severe drought, Covid and flooding events; helping regional businesses revitalise and grow.

Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2022

The Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2022 (PDF, 1.14 MB) outlines relevant program information, including:

  • the Program objectives
  • eligibility
  • assessment criteria
  • key dates
  • funding limits and co-contributions
  • payment
  • reporting milestones
  • how to apply.

This supersedes the Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2021 and provides a streamlined approach to assessing applications.

Eligible Local Government Bodies

The Fixing Local Roads Program was available to local government bodies in regional NSW.

The list of the 93 eligible regional councils and the two eligible entities can be found at Appendix 1 of the Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2022 (PDF, 1.14 MB). The two eligible entities are the Unincorporated Far West and Lord Howe Island Board.

Successful Projects

Project lists last updated March 2023.

Please note: although this information is updated regularly, project conditions can change rapidly, and so some details may not reflect more recent project developments.

For the most up-to-date project information, please contact or the relevant council.

Project lists

March 2023

Documents and forms

Media releases

  • 9 February 2023. Fixing local roads to drive better journeys across the regions.
  • 26 July 2022. More local roads to be fixed in the regions.
  • 30 November 2021. $1M to fix more Coffs Coast roads.
  • 8 October 2021. $45 million for Far West local road upgrades.
  • 23 September 2021. More cash to fix local roads in the bush.
  • 7 June 2021. More cash for local road upgrades in the bush.
  • 2 June 2021. More jobs, better roads for Lake Macquarie.
  • 31 March 2021. Better roads and more jobs for the regions.
  • 29 June 2020. Cash flows to help fix local roads.