National Aerial Firefighting Program

Up to $55.7M is available from National Aerial Firefighting Program to support national coordination of leasing and sharing of aerial firefighting resources between jurisdictions.


National Aerial Firefighting Program

The National Aerial Firefighting Program facilitates the lease of a fleet of highly specialised firefighting aircraft that are readily available for use by State and Territory emergency service and land management agencies across Australia. This program also plays a key role in ensuring the sharing of aerial firefighting resources between emergency service and land management agencies throughout Australia.



The National Aerial Firefighting Program grant opportunity will run over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21. This is an ongoing cooperative national arrangement with the State and Territory Governments to combat bushfires.

This national aircraft fleet complements aerial firefighting resources arranged directly by the State and Territory Governments. The national fleet receives funding support from the Australian Government as well as State and Territory Governments. The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is to increase access to highly specialised and effective aerial firefighting resources whose cost might otherwise be out of reach of individual jurisdictions.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (the department/we) is responsible for administering the grant opportunity on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs.



The maximum grant amount is $55,790,000 (includes $44,790,000 over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21 and the additional $11,000,000 announced on 5 December 2018 to be provided in 2018-19).

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs. The maximum grant period is three years.


Eligible Projects

The National Aerial Firefighting Program supports availability of aircraft for aerial firefighting within Australia during the bushfire season. The grant will represent the Australian Government’s contribution to meeting standing costs of leasing aircraft.


Eligible Applicants

A grant will be provided to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) to support the National Aerial Firefighting Program. NAFC was formed in July 2003 by the Australian States and Territories to provide a cooperative national arrangement for combating bushfires.



Applications close 18 December 2018.


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