Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS-B) Broadcast Rebate Program

Grants of up to $5,000 to increase the uptake of ADS-B equipment in Australian–registered aircraft to improve safety and efficiency for Australian airspace users.
Open
Closes in 46 days

Closing date: Friday 31 May 2024 5:00pm AEST Fri 31 May 2024 5:00pm AEST

Application detail:

The grant opportunity will be open until 31 May 2024 or until funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.  

What do you get?

Up to $5,000 per eligible aircraft covering up to 50% of eligible project expenditure. Only one grant per aircraft and per device is permitted.  

Who is this for?

Registered owners of crewed aircraft operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) which are shown in an approved registration database.

Overview

The objective of this program is to incentivise voluntary uptake of ADS-B equipment in Australian–registered aircraft operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to improve safety and efficiency for Australian airspace users.

The program will provide:

  • better situational awareness for pilots through improved electronic visibility of nearby airborne VFR aircraft
  • enhanced search and rescue capabilities through improved air traffic information
  • air traffic controllers with additional and accurate automated aircraft position information of VFR aircraft.

The program funds two classes of eligible ADS-B equipment:

  • installed ADS-B equipment that air traffic controllers can use for aircraft separation purposes (referred to as ADS-B)
  • portable ADS-B equipment for local electronic traffic information purposes (referred to as ADS-B EC).

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have eligible activities
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you are the registered owner of a crewed aircraft operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and shown in an approved registration database including:

You can’t apply if :

Eligible activities must occur no earlier than 20 December 2021.

For ADS-B, eligible activities must include the purchase and installation of eligible equipment by an approved installer.

For ADS-B EC, eligible activities must include the purchase of eligible equipment.

We will reimburse you for eligible expenditure items only.

For ADS-B, eligible expenditure items are the:

  • cost of purchasing eligible equipment
  • cost of installation of eligible equipment by an approved installer.

For ADS-B EC, eligible expenditure is the cost of purchasing eligible equipment.

Only one grant per aircraft and per device is permitted however you can apply for multiple grants if you own more than one eligible aircraft.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete. You can’t correct a mistake.

We can only accept applications where you provide:

  • a clear copy of the registration certificate for your aircraft and agree to us verifying registration and ownership in the approved registration databases listed above
  • a paid Australian Tax Invoice(s), including evidence of payment, for the purchase and installation of eligible equipment for ADS-B or the purchase of eligible equipment for ADS-B EC in the aircraft no earlier than 20 December 2021
  • for ADS-B installations, a signed declaration by an approved installer using the template provided on business.gov.au.

We can only accept applications where you declare that:

  • you are the owner of the aircraft
  • you incurred the eligible expenditure
  • the aircraft is only used for operations under VFR
  • the aircraft does not require mandatory fitment of eligible equipment for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations as a condition of aircraft registration
  • the aircraft is located in Australia
  • the installation of eligible ADS-B equipment was undertaken in Australia (if applicable).

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

We know many businesses have concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on grant applications and grant management. When applying for a grant, consider timeframes and constraints that may impact grant activities due to COVID-19.

If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to meet the obligations of your grant agreement, to discuss your circumstances and how we can assist you, you should contact:

You can find further COVID-19 government financial assistance and support for Australian businesses on our coronavirus information and support for business page.

We review your application against the eligibility criteria.

If the process identifies unintentional errors in your application, we may contact you to correct or clarify the errors.

The Program Delegate decides which grants to approve. The Program Delegate’s decision is final in all matters, including:

  • the grant approval
  • the grant funding to be awarded
  • any conditions attached to the offer of grant funding

We will not review decisions about your application.

Apply now

Apply for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Rebate Program now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • have all the required documents.
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Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

See our customer portal's frequently asked questions to help with your queries. If you can't find your answer, contact us for assistance.

We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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