Up to $3M is available from Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program to enhance safety and accessibility of remote and very remote aerodrome owners and operators.

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program

The Regional Aviation Access Program (RAAP) provides funding for access and safety upgrades to remote aerodromes as well as subsidised flights to ensure residents of remote communities have access to regional service centres.

The RAAP includes the following initiatives:

  • Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme
  • Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Program, and
  • Remote Aerodrome Inspection (RAI) Program.



The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program will enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia, providing year round all weather access that will:

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using remote and very remote airstrips
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care, community mail and passenger air services
  • complement air services delivery to communities subsidised under the Australian Government’s Remote Aviation Access Program (RAAP) through the Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme, and/or
  • meet operational requirements of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) or operators providing similar aeromedical services.

Safe, operational aerodromes are vital in the delivery of essential goods and services in remote and very remote communities, particularly where road access is unavailable, unreliable or disrupted for extended periods due to seasonal weather conditions. An effective airstrip, accessible all year round, improves the delivery of health care services such as those provided by the RFDS or other aeromedical providers, improves access to work and education opportunities and helps connect residents of remote communities.



There is a total of $8 million available for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program Round 6.

The maximum grant amount is $3 million, however it is expected that most grants will not exceed $1.5 million. The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage), unless

  • you are a Priority Indigenous Location. In this case the grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project costs
  • you and a third party are both contributing to eligible project costs. In this case the grant amount will be up to 33.3 per cent of eligible project costs.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must include eligible activities and eligible expenditure. Your project can include activities at different locations, as long as they are all in Australia.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and can include:

  • works to improve all weather capability of the aerodrome and aircraft safety including:
    • sealing and/or re-sealing and re-sheeting of aircraft pavements
    • repair, restoration and/or reconstruction of the airstrip, taxiway and/or apron
    • airstrip drainage works
  • works to enhance aerodrome safety for aircraft operations including:
    • installation or restoration of animal fencing
    • provision of markers and navigational aids
    • works to reduce safety hazards at an aerodrome
    • provision of safety related operational and/or training manuals and training for key operational personnel
  • works to better enable night time operations including:
    • installation of runway and taxiway lighting
    • provision of power for aerodrome lighting
    • installation of Pilot Activated Lighting Control systems.

The Program Delegate may also approve other activities.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible expenditure you have incurred on an agreed project as defined in your grant agreement.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • costs associated with contractors who undertake project activities
  • the portion of employee costs directly related to undertaking core elements of the project
  • aviation-safety related staff training costs
  • capital expenditure for the purchase of assets including power provisions, lighting and control systems, markers and navigational aids, training materials
  • materials for airstrip sealing, re-sealing and sheeting, repair, restoration and reconstruction or drainage works
  • fencing materials
  • the cost of an independent audit of project expenditure (where we request one) up to a maximum of 1 per cent of total eligible project expenditure.

Not all expenditure on your project may be eligible for grant funding. The Program Delegate makes the final decision on what is eligible expenditure and may give additional guidance on eligible expenditure if required.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be an owner and/or operator of an existing aerodrome in a remote or very remote area in Australia

and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia (including incorporated trustees on behalf of a trust)
  • an Australian local government agency or body
  • an Australian State or Territory Government agency or body
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).

State agencies or other eligible entities may apply on behalf of aerodrome owners/operators. In such cases, the state agency or other eligible entity will be the lead applicant in a joint application and will be wholly responsible for the project, including administering, reporting and acquitting all project expenditure. Only the lead organisation can submit the application form and enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth.



Applications close 29 November 2018.


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