RCV Revised 2020-21 State Budget Submission

Regional Cities Victoria has released its revised submission to the 2020-21 state budget, which isĀ focused on policies and targeted initiatives that will support their communities through both the response and recovery phases of the COVID-19 crisis.

RCV has identified five key areas that are critical to aiding the recovery of regional economies:


  • $7.5 million to implement the Small Business Better Approvals program across planning and building approvals.
  • $2 million per annum for the expansion and continuation of the Streamlining for Growth Program and implementation of PSP 2.0.
  • A low-cost loan scheme, similar to the successful Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme, to finance enabling infrastructure for regional housing developments, and business and employment precincts.



  • Additional direct investment by State Government in housing stock, with some funds specifically allocated to regional municipalities.
  • Support to implement affordable housing provision through planning schemes, including enabling fast track planning processes.
  • Commitment of additional rental assistance to Registered Housing Providers, so that the private sector can fund, build and own, and then lease to RHPs to manage.



Further investment of $100 million in digital and telecommunications infrastructure through the Connecting Regional Communities Program, including:

  • Free Wi-Fi in all regional cities
  • Free Wi-Fi on all regional trains.
  • Continued roll-out of the Mobile Blackspot Program across regional and rural Victoria.



  • Consultation with RCV councils on the location of recycling and resource recovery infrastructure in regional Victoria; and
  • Consultation with local governments in relation to the use of the Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy to ensure stronger sustainability outcomes for local communities.



  • Support the RCV business case with a $2 million commitment to establish the proposed Treasury Shared Service model.


Download a copy of the revised RCV’s 2020-21 State Budget Submission here.