Accessible Communities (Completed)

  • How much?

    This initiative provides $5 million in 2011-12 for grants of up to $100,000 
  • Apply when?

    from 24/01/2011  to 25/03/2011 
  • Who to contact?

      Ph:   Email  
Short Description: Make Local Communities Accessible for all Australians 

Additional Supplementary Note:

Interest in this initiative was considerable with a total of 377 eligible applications received from 277 local governments. A full list of successful applicants will be available once all funding agreements with successful applicants are in place.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs will shortly commence funding agreement negotiations with local governments for the 77 projects that will be funded under this initiative.

You can see the local governments that have been successful in receiving funding under the Accessible Communities initiative at the following link:

Accessible Communities initiative - successful local governments


The applications were assessed using the selection processes as set out in Part B of the Program Guidelines.

Similar characteristics of those applications that were successful demonstrated strong responses against each of the selection criteria with all of the relevant requested documentation provided.  Many of the unsuccessful applications did not address, or adequately address each individual selection criterion.

Letters have been sent to all local governments in relation to those applications which were unsuccessful to advise what arrangements have been put in place to provide feedback.

Supplementary Note:

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ (FaHCSIA’s) Accessible Communities initiative has received a large number of applications for funding. In order to assess applications in a timely fashion, FaHCSIA has decided it is necessary to increase the number of selection panels above the number specified in section 3.1 of Part C of the current Program Guidelines. Section 3.1 of Part C of the Program Guidelines has been updated to reflect this.

This notification of change is in compliance of the requirement (set out in the Preface to Part C of the Program Guidelines) to give notice to applicants of any amendments to the Program Guidelines.

No action from applicants is required as a result of this amendment.

Accessible Communities

The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs' (FaHCSIA's) Accessible Communities initiative is currently open for applications. Applications for funding were due to close at 2.00pm AEDST Friday 25 February 2011.

In response to the communities affected by recent disasters and extreme weather events which have impacted on the ability of these local governments to develop and lodge an application, FaHCSIA has been asked to consider extending the closing date for Accessible Communities applications.

To ensure that the process is fair and equitable the extension will be offered to all applicants. Therefore the application period will now be extended to 2.00pm AEDST Friday 25 March 2011. Local governments that have already completed an application will be given the opportunity to resubmit by the closing date at 2.00pm AEDST Friday 25 March 2011.

This initiative provides $5 million in 2011-12 for grants of up to $100,000 to local governments who match the funding to make local buildings and public spaces more accessible for people with disability so they can fully participate in the community.

Each local government is permitted to submit up to two applications. Each application can be for up to $100,000 (GST-exclusive) based on meeting a range of criteria.

For more information on Accessible Communities see the Including People with Disability in Community Life – Accessible Communities Fact Sheet.

Local governments who wish to apply for funding under Accessible Communities initiative should see the following information:


Content Updated: 13 August 2012