Safer Communities Fund Round 3 - Infrastructure Grants

At a glance


Provides local councils and community organisations with grants of up to $1 million for security infrastructure activities to address crime and anti-social behaviour in public or community spaces.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, applicants must have an ABN and be one of the following:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body

Industry/trade associations and chambers of commerce can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria above.

Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46



On 26 August 2018 the ministerial arrangements changed. The decision maker for Safer Communities will now be the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Peter Dutton MP.

The Safer Communities Fund provides grants of up to $1 million to community organisations and local governments for local crime prevention and security infrastructure activities and to protect community organisations that may be facing security risks associated with racial and /or religious intolerance. Project activities can include:

  • installation of fixed or mobile CCTV cameras
  • installation of security lighting
  • installation of bollards
  • installation of security and alarm systems, intercoms and swipe access attached to a public or community space
  • crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) including changing environmental characteristics in public or community spaces, such as a lack of lighting or poor natural surveillance, that can facilitate street crime and violence.

Grants of up to $1 million will be available to fund up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2020.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a local government agency or body as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • Industry/trader associations and chambers of commerce can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria above.

    In order to be eligible you must:

  • provide evidence from the site owner or manager providing authority for you to undertake the project at the nominated site. You should use the letter template at the bottom of this page and provide this with your application or prior to entering into a grant agreement. 
  • be able to start your project within 8 weeks of executing a grant agreement which can include project planning activities.
  • have met relevant state or territory legislation obligations related to working with children, and ensure that any person that has direct, unsupervised contact with children as part of a project under this program, has undertaken and passed a working with children check, if required under relevant State or Territory legislation. You are also responsible for assessing the suitability of the people you engage as part of your project to ensure children are kept safe.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a school or preschool that is registered as an educational establishment with a state or territory registration authority

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score at least 50% against each merit criterion.

  • The extent that your project will contribute to improved community safety (50 points)
  • The impact of grant funding on your project (30 points)
  • Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (20 points)

How to apply

To apply for a grant you need to complete the online application form.


For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

Applications that meet eligibility will proceed to a merit assessment. AusIndustry will prepare a report that examines the claims you have made against the merit criteria. The Minister for Home Affairs will make the final decision taking into account the merit assessment and the availability of grant funds.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, you will receive a written offer. This offer does not mean you should start your project. Following receipt of a written offer, you must then enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. You must not commence any work on your project before a grant agreement is executed.

If you are unsuccessful, we will notify you in writing and give you the chance to discuss the outcome with us.

If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will contain the schedule for payments.

For projects up to six months long with a grant of up to $50,000 we will pay the entire grant on execution of the grant agreement.

For projects longer than six months or with a grant of more than $50,000 we will make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments based on your forecast expenditure.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample application form
  • Letter template - authority to undertake the project at the nominated site
  • Sample grant agreement up to 6 months and $50,000
  • Sample grant agreement over 6 months or over $50,000

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