Fixing Local Roads Program

Roads being repaired

Fixing Local Roads is a $500 million NSW Government program, providing funding to councils to assist in reducing the local roads maintenance backlog. Councils can apply for funding to assist in repairing, patching, maintaining or sealing existing priority council roads.

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 Fixing Local Roads program to $691 million.

Applications for Round 2 of the Fixing Local Roads program were open from 2 November until 11 December 2020. All applications were received electronically through the SmartyGrants platform. If you have any queries regarding Round 2 applications, please contact

Well-maintained roads play a vital role in our regions, supporting growth and development, as well as providing access to critical services such as hospitals and schools. These benefits and connections stimulate the economy and promote the social wellbeing of our communities.

Reduced access to services and decreased safety directly and indirectly leads to significant cost to local economies. By taking care of the council local road maintenance backlog and improving standards and connectivity, there is potential for economic growth and employment opportunities.

The total 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 total NSW road network (including regional and local roads).

The ability of local government to effectively manage their respective road assets is becoming increasingly challenging. This has led to an increased maintenance backlog on Local Roads, resulting in a deteriorating asset base that leads to poor outcomes for NSW communities.

Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2020

The Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2020 sets out relevant program information, including the program objectives, eligibility, assessment criteria, key dates, funding limits and co-contributions, payment, reporting milestones and how to apply. This supersedes the Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2019 and provides a streamlined approach to assessing applications.

Eligible Local Government Areas

Please refer to the Eligibility List. Eligible local government bodies are found at Appendix 1 of the Fixing Local Roads Guidelines 2020.


Applications must be submitted using the Fixing Local Roads application form in SmartyGrants.

Have a question?

If you have any questions please email the Fixing Local Roads team on to seek advice on potential projects and for information on preparing applications.

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31 March 2021

Better roads and more jobs for the regions



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