Find out answers to important questions about the Regional Airports Development Scheme.
When can I apply for funding?
Funding rounds generally open in October or November to allow local governments the opportunity to budget for any future successful RADS grants. However, the 2013-15 RADS funding round will open and close later because of the 2013 State election. The opening of the funding round is advertised in the public notices section of the West Australian newspaper before the opening of the RADS funding round. The opening of the funding round is also placed on the Department of Transport website
How will I know if my application was successful?
Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified in writing and successful projects are listed on the website
when available. Every effort is made for announcements to be made around the end of the financial year.
Due to the 2013 State election the announcement of both successful and unsuccessful applications could be made in the 2013-14 financial year.
The website lists my project as being successful for funding, what do I do?
Successful applicants receive a letter offering a grant and detailing the next steps to take. If you have not received the letter, please contact the Aviation Team
My organisation does not currently meet the eligibility criteria to apply for RADS funding, can I still send an application?
Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria are generally not accepted.
My proposed project does not fall under any of the categories listed in the eligible projects list , can I still apply for funding?
Yes. You will need to clearly demonstrate how it will improve regional air services,and air safety or promote regional development for the benefit of regional communities.
I have missed the deadline to send my application. Can I still apply for funding?
Yes, you can email an application form to the Aviation Team
. Your project may be considered for second round or emergency funding. However, you must note that priority will be given to submissions that are submitted on time and with complete documentation.
I have obtained funding from another organisation. Can this be my financial contribution to the project?
It is generally expected that the applicant will fund 50% of the eligible estimated total cost. Should you secure funds from another State or Commonwealth agency you are required to notify the DoT as soon as possible. It is expected that each organisation/agency will then contribute to one third of the eligible estimated total cost unless otherwise agreed to by either DoT or the Minister.
My organisation does not have sufficient funds to financially contribute to the project. Can I still apply for funding?
RADS funding for more than 50% of the eligible estimated total cost is generally only approved when the organisation can demonstrate lack of available funds for the project. Strong justification as to why more than 50% funds are required must be included in your application.
My project will take over 12 months to complete. Can I apply for RADS funding?
Yes. Whilst most projects can be completed within 12 months, some larger projects will necessitate more time. In such cases, funding over several financial years may be allocated.
The project is running late. Do I need to advise the Department of Transport?
Yes. The Department of Transport needs to know if you are encountering any difficulties or delays. This is to ensure that funds for your project are available when your project is complete. If you do not expect your project to be completed by the end of the financial year, you must let the Aviation Team
know as soon as possible, because grant carry-overs are not guaranteed.
Can my grant be paid out before I start the works?
No, grantees must not commence work on or order any good or services, associated with their RADS project until after the funding agreement is executed (signed by both parties).
I have designed my own sign, do I still need to erect the RADS sign that you sent?
Yes. The RADS sign must be erected at a prominent location.
I have finished my project. How do I claim my grant?
Information on how to claim your grant is available in the ‘Welcome to RADS' brochure (refer to Funding allocation
page). This brochure contains templates to assist grantees with the administrative requirements associated with their RADS grants.
My project was completed before the agreed date. Can I claim my grant now?
Yes. Refer to the 'Welcome to RADS' brochure under Managing your grant
The project scope that was approved needs to change. Can I still claim my grant?
If your project scope changes, you must advise the Aviation Team
who will treat this as a contract variation and assess whether you are still eligible to obtain a RADS grant.
I have spent less than expected. Can I still be paid the full grant amount?
No. Grant payment is determined by the amount of money actually spent by the grant recipient. Savings are redistributed to other projects in Regional and Remote Western Australia.
My organisation has provided some in-kind work. Can I claim overheads and mark-ups?
No. Grant payment is determined by the amount of money actually spent by the grant recipient. For a full list of items not eligible for funding please refer to the RADS guidelines brochure below.