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Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program

The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program provides funding to improve aerodromes in remote areas of Australia. The aim is to provide year round all weather access and improve delivery of essential goods and services.

Close date: 12 Nov 2020 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Grants of up to $500,000 to enhance aerodrome safety and accessibility.

Who is this for?

Owners and operators of aerodromes in remote or very remote areas of Australia.


The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program provides grants to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia. It will provide year round all weather access, particularly where road access is unavailable or unreliable. This 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
  • support delivery of health care services by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and similar providers
  • 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
  • meet operational requirements of the RFDS or operators providing similar aeromedical services

The maximum grant amount is $500,000.

The grant will be up to 50% of eligible project costs, unless:

  • you are an Indigenous owned and/or operated aerodrome – then we will cover up to 100% of eligible project costs
  • you are an Australian local government agency or body and the total project cost is equal to or less than $150,000 – then we will cover up to 100% of eligible project costs
  • you and a third party are contributing to project costs – then we will cover up to 33.3% of eligible project costs


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

You must also be one of the following:

An eligible organisation may apply on behalf of an aerodrome owner or operator (this excludes Indigenous owned or operated aerodromes seeking 100% of funding). In this case, you’ll be:

  • the lead applicant in a joint application
  • responsible for the project including administering, reporting and acquitting project expenditure

We can only accept applications if your aerodrome is identified as “remote or very remote” as defined by the 2016 Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Area.

Check the full eligibility details in the grant opportunity guidelines.


How do you apply?

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines, sample application form, sample grant agreement and program FAQ before you apply.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment. 

Apply for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read the sample application form
  • read the sample grant agreement 
  • read the program FAQ
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Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Grant recipients

Successful applicants for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample simple grant agreement

Frequently Asked Questions

Sample Board or CEO letter of support