Regional Airports Program

Regional Airports Program provides regional airports or aerodromes with grants to enhance aviation safety and accessibility.

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

Grants will be from $20,000 to $5 million to undertake essential works to improve aviation safety and access for regional communities.

Who is this for?

Owners and operators of airports or aerodromes in regional areas of Australia.


The Regional Airports Program provides grants to improve the safety and accessibility of airports and aerodromes in regional areas of Australia. It will support critical air infrastructure that will:

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using regional airports or aerodromes
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services
  • improve the connectivity of Australia’s regions to domestic and global market opportunities
  • meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services in the region

There is a total of $58.8 million available for this grant round.

Grants will be from $20,000 to $5 million.

The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs (grant percentage), unless:

  • where the applicant (you) and a third party (could include State, Territory or local government or other non-government funding) are both contributing to eligible project costs, the grant amount will be up to 33.3% of eligible project costs or
  • where the applicant meets the Small Project criteria in section 3.2 of the Grant opportunity guidelines as an Australian local government agency or body or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation and the total project cost is equal to or less than $300,000, the grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible costs.


To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an owner and/or operator of an existing aerodrome or airport in a regional area in Australia

You must also be one of the following:

  • 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 that is 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. For further information on joint applications, refer to section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

We can only accept applications where:

  • your aerodrome is identified as Inner Regional or Outer Regional as defined by the 2016 Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Area.
  • your aerodrome or airport’s passenger throughput was below 250,000 passengers (from all flight types) in 2019.
  • you can provide evidence from your board or Council (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported by the applicant organisation, and that the organisation is willing to accept responsibility to complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

Check the full eligibility details in the Grant opportunity guidelines.


How do you apply?

The Regional Airports Program grant opportunity is currently closed to applications.

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement

Sample Board or CEO approval letter