Up to $50.1M is available from the Regional Airport Security Screening Fund to implement new aviation security screening requirements.
Regional Airport Security Screening Fund
The Regional Airport Security Screening Fund supports eligible regional airports in moving quickly to implement new aviation security screening requirements.
The Regional Airport Security Screening Fund was announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to support eligible regional airports required to conduct enhanced aviation security screening.
The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) has determined funding eligibility based on departing passenger data held by the Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) from the 2017 calendar year, seating capacity of the aircraft hosted by the airport and details of the aviation security screening equipment in use at each airport as at 8 May 2018. Funding is only available where eligible regional airports are required to purchase or replace existing equipment in order to meet the minimum new aviation security screening requirements.
The program is restricted to pre-identified eligible regional airports invited to apply. Home Affairs consulted with eligible airports prior to the program opening for applications. During the consultation process, Home Affairs determined the individual security screening equipment requirements and maximum grant amount for each airport.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $50.1 million over four years for the program which includes $49,195,000 million for grants.
The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs. Grant amounts for individual airports are pre-determined by Home Affairs based on a set cost to replace existing or purchase new aviation security screening equipment where necessary, to meet requirements that apply to that airport.
To be eligible your project must:
- include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
- be consistent with the information contained in your invitation to apply for grant funding.
Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and be consistent with the information contained in your invitation to apply for grant funding.
Project activities can include:
- acquisition, and commissioning of approved aviation security screening equipment
- upgrade of existing equipment to meet the same specifications (hardware and software) of approved aviation security screening equipment and commissioning
- acquisition and commissioning of any equipment that is directly associated with the new aviation security screening equipment such as roller beds, trays and perspex shields
- capital works to accommodate new aviation security screening equipment that is pre-approved by the Home Affairs prior to making an application, and which is detailed in your invitation to apply. Home Affairs contacted those airports that are eligible to undertake capital works prior to the round for applications opening.
To be eligible, you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be invited to apply as an eligible regional airport or entity formally authorised by the eligible airport.
The Department of Home Affairs determined which regional airports were eligible based on:
- departing passenger data held by the BITRE from the 2017 calendar year
- seating capacity of the aircraft hosted by the airport and
- details of the aviation security screening equipment in use as at 8 May 2018.
They can only accept applications:
- where you can provide a letter from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet any costs not covered by grant funding.
Applications close 21 March 2019.