The Department received 31 grant applications for funding under the Suburban Jobs Program, seeking over $400 million. Applications for grant funding were open to local governments, state statutory authorities and associations, and state business enterprises. The application period opened on 7 December 2011 and closed on 17 February 2012.
The majority of applications sought funding to contribute towards the construction of multi-purpose facilities that delivered services to build the local skills base, or encourage local business development and investment to improve employment availability in suburban locations.
A smaller number of applications sought funding for proposals such as road and transport projects that included research and planning components, or for projects to improve community amenity.
Applications were assessed by a Departmental Panel, which comprised representatives from both the Suburban Jobs Team and other areas of the Department not involved with the Suburban Jobs Program. Representatives of other Commonwealth agencies with relevant responsibilities also reviewed each application and provided advice to the Department about the degree of consistency with related Australian Government policies and programs, including:
- The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
- The Department of Infrastructure and Transport
- The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
The Departmental Panel also drew upon advice regarding each application from its probity and legal advisor (Australian Government Solicitor), and sought advice from an Expert Panel which comprised the service providers:
- SGS Planning and Economics, and
The Expert Panel assessed applications independent of the Department and one another.
Funding recommendations were made by the Department, and were based on the assessment report provided by the Departmental Panel. Funding decisions were made by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, the Hon Tony Burke MP.
The following local governments, state statutory authorities and associations, and state business enterprises submitted applications for funding under the Suburban Jobs Program.
- Bankstown City Council, NSW
- Blacktown City Council, NSW
- Brimbank City Council, VIC
- Campbelltown City Council, NSW
- Cardinia Shire Council, VIC
- Casey City Council, VIC
- Central Coast Regional Development Corporation, NSW
- City of Darebin, VIC
- City of Gosnells, WA
- City of Holdfast Bay, SA
- City of Onkaparinga, SA
- City of Playford, SA
- City of Salisbury, SA
- City of Stirling, WA
- City of Wanneroo, WA
- Fairfield City Council, NSW
- Flinders University, SA
- Frankston City Council, VIC
- Griffith University, QLD
- Growth Areas Authority, VIC
- Hume City Council, VIC
- Melton City Council, VIC
- North East Development Agency, SA
- Parramatta City Council, NSW
- Town of Kwinana, WA
- University of Western Sydney, NSW
- West Australian Land Authority, WA
- Whittlesea City Council, VIC
- Wyndham City Council, VIC
- Wyong Shire Council, NSW
- Supporting Jobs in Western Sydney- 25 July 2012
- Applications open for Suburban Jobs program - 7 December 2011
- $150 million to lay the foundations for a sustainable Australia - 10 May 2011
- Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities: A Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia
- Our Cities, Our Future (National Urban Policy)
Suburban Jobs Team
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601