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National Radioactive Waste Management Facility – New Community Benefit Program 2019-22

This New Community Benefit Program supports projects that will lead to strong social and economic outcomes in and around Kimba and Hawker (Wallerberdina Station) in South Australia, with $2 million available to each community ($4 million total).

Application detail:
Applications close at 5:00pm ACST (South Australia local time)

What do you get?

Grants of between $5000 and $1 million covering up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Who is this for?

Organisations, businesses, authorities or councils in the Kimba and Hawker regions.


The Australian Government is seeking to identify a site for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. This facility will provide for the disposal of Australia’s low level waste and temporary storage of Australia’s intermediate level waste.

The New Community Benefit Program supports the Australian Government’s commitment to assist local communities while the site selection and establishment phases are underway.

This new program is in direct response to identified community needs in the context of the final stages of the site selection process for the facility.

The program provides up to $4 million to support projects that provide social or economic benefit to local communities in and around Kimba and Hawker. There is $2 million available in each region.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • support local communities throughout the site selection process
  • mitigate and manage any potential social cohesion impacts on communities located near sites that are under consideration as a site for the facility by diversifying their economies 
  • contribute to the siting and establishment of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • reduced social cohesion impacts on communities located near sites under consideration
  • increased economic diversity and opportunities in affected communities

Projects must be completed by 31 May 2022.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN).

You must also be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a not-for-profit organisation, including community groups with voting and/or financial membership of at least 5 individuals
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, council or incorporated association
  • The Flinders Ranges Council or the District Council of Kimba
  • the Outback Communities Authority

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.



How do you apply?

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility – New Community Benefit Program 2019-22 is currently closed to applications.

Grant recipients

This program builds upon the support previously delivered through the Community Benefit Program With around $5.7 million invested across 57 projects and initiatives in these communities since consultation on the proposed facility began in 2016.

Find a list of supported projects under the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Programme.

Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample Application Form

Sample Grant Agreement

Map – Kimba regional boundary

Map – Hawker (Wallerberdina Station) region boundary