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The Better Universities Renewal Funding (BURF) was announced in the 2008-09 Budget as a one off $500 million initiative of the Australian Government. The Australian Government decided that immediate access to capital funding was required to renew universities’ infrastructure.

BURF Institutional Projects and Funding

Funding has been provided for campus renewal, to improve higher education institutions’ infrastructure for teaching, learning and research and to enhance the student experience through improved student amenities.

BURF funding was made available at the end of the 2007-08 financial year. The department has implemented this initiative and funding agreements have been finalised with institutions.

Under each funding agreement, funding was provided for one or more of the following priority areas:

  • information and communications technology;
  • laboratories;
  • libraries and student study spaces;
  • teaching spaces; and
  • student amenities.

Under the funding agreement, all institutions submitted a Schedule of Works plan for projects that aligned with one or more of the priority areas. All Schedules have been approved.

All of the funding must be expended by 30 June 2011.

Details of the funding calculations and allocations are available at:

Summaries of the projects being undertaken by individual institutions are available at:


All universities were required to submit final reports within one month of project completion. Learn more about the reporting requirements.


For any queries or for more information, contact the BURF Coordinator.

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