2022 Betterment Fund


The Queensland Government has established a $170 million Betterment Fund ($150 million under DRFA Category D and $20 million DRFA Category E) available across eligible local government areas in Queensland impacted in the 2021-22 disaster season. It is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Event damaged assets in local government areas activated under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for Category B Reconstruction of Essential Public Assets (REPA) assistance may be eligible under this fund.

The objectives of the 2021-22 Betterment Fund are to restore essential public assets damaged in 2021-22 events to a more resilient standard:

  • So infrastructure and communities are more resilient to future disasters
  • So future costs associated with disasters are reduced
  • To address Queensland’s assessed natural hazard risks
  • In alignment with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience objectives of strengthened disaster risk management and investment in disaster risk reduction


The 2022 Betterment Fund is currently in delivery. More than 60 submissions have been lodged by 15 councils.

Successful projects

The following Excel spreadsheet provides details of the 2022 Betterment Fund successful projects including council; project name; betterment funding year; project description; betterment funding (pre-approved funding amount); betterment funding (final funding amount); and delivery status. 

Applicant Project name Betterment funding year Project description Betterment funding (Pre-Approved) Betterment funding final funding  Delivery status
Aurukun Shire Council Aurukun Access Road 2022 Road shoulder stabilisation for both the Left and Right hand side of the road for approximately 17.5km on Aurukun Access Road  $     1,847,101.36 TBA - In Delivery In Delivery
Cloncurry Shire Council Kajabbi Road 2022 Stabilisation and seal for approximately 6.7km on Kajabbi Road  $     2,244,300.74 TBA - In Delivery In Delivery
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council Ferry Road 2022 Sealing an 8.2km section of Ferry Road  $     2,326,613.90 TBA - In Delivery In Delivery
Torres Strait Island Regional Council Dauan (Mt Cornwallis Island) - Reservoir Road 2022 Reinforced concrete roadway be constructed on Dauan Island Reservoir Road which compliments the previous approved QRRRF funding for the design of the reinforced concrete roadway upgrade.   $     1,803,633.16 TBA - In Delivery In Delivery
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council Farm Road, Lower Weir Road, Mount Bentley Road, Sundowner Ridge Road, Tip Bypass Road 2022 Various upgrades including transverse drains (whoa boys) and concrete drains across 5 assets  $     1,073,425.41 TBA - In Delivery In Delivery
Quilpie Shire Council Old Charleville Road - 16-3_4B-Quilpie - Combined 2022 Sealing approximately 1.8km of gravel over five sites on Old Charleville Road  $        298,954.80 TBA - In Delivery In Delivery

(QRA Reference: QRA1679. Last updated 25 July 2023)

Interactive map: Betterment Projects

The Betterment interactive map below shows all approved projects including the year of the Betterment Fund (funding year), organisation, project name, betterment funding (pre-approved and final funding), and project description.

Guidelines and eligible applicants

Eligible applicants are local governments and state agencies with assets that are eligible for Category B REPA funding for DRFA activated events in 2021-22 (refer to Annexure 2 of the Guidelines lists Activated 2021-22 events).

Eligible projects are betterment works proposed for assets that:

  • meet the DRFA definition of an essential public asset
  • have sustained damage as a direct result of an event listed above
  • meet all eligibility requirements for DRFA REPA funding under the event.

To access the 2022 Betterment Fund requirements download the following:

Administering agency

Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA)

Funding acknowledgement

The 2022 Betterment Fund is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.


For enquiries email submissions@qra.qld.gov.au

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