Retaining Domestic Airline Capability Program

This program provides domestic airlines with funding to ensure they have the capability to quickly resume services when restrictions ease.


Closes in 30 days

Closing date: 31 Dec 2021

What do you get?

Targeted and proportionate payments.

Who is this for?

Domestic airlines.


This program will provide time-limited, targeted and proportionate payments to assist domestic airlines to ensure they can quickly ramp up as aviation activity increases when domestic travel and border restrictions ease.

Airlines can use the funds for eligible costs, based on their operational needs. Eligible costs include replaced wages, aircraft storage costs and other plant and machinery maintenance, and training, licensing and accreditation costs necessary to maintain key staff and equipment in a flight ready state.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • have an RPT Air Operators Certificate (AOC)
  • demonstrate that you have been operating in a declared hot spot and show that you were operating on the impacted route prior to the hot spot declaration
  • show that activity on the airline’s network has declined by at least 30%
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • be one of the following:
    • a company incorporated in Australia
    • a company incorporated by guarantee
    • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    • an incorporated association
    • a partnership
    • a joint application
    • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Retaining Domestic Airline Capability Program.

Funding for domestic airlines