Funding allocation

Of the $3.88 million budgeted for the 2015-17 RADS finding round, a first round of offers has been awarded to 25 regional airports who will share in over $2.5 million in State Government funding.

The remaining $1.36 million of 2015-17 RADS funding has been set aside for projects that require further consideration or are pending funding approval from other sources. An announcement to the awarding of remaining 2015-17 RADS funds will be made in the second half of 2015.

  Funding round: Grant allocation results (2015/2017)

The 2015-17 funding round closed on Thursday 18 September 2014.

  • A total of 51 applications were received requesting over $9.7 million in grants.
  • Applications were reviewed by the RADS Consultative Committee.
  • 25 regional airports were successful in sharing over $2.5 million of funding for 30 projects in the first round of 2015-17 RADS offers.

Projects that were granted funding will enable improved access and safer emergency evacuations for regional towns, assist with infrastructure upgrades and improve airport planning.

The Shire of Dundas was awarded the largest grant ($0.30 million) for the first 2015-17 round to raise the level of the Norseman Aerodrome.

A grant of $0.26 million will replace airside lighting at Derby Aerodrome.  Refer to the full list of successful projects in the 2015-17 funding round below.

Media statement:

25/03/2015: Regional airports share in $2.5 million

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If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Aviation Policy and Programs Branch at the Department of Transport via:

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
(08) 6551 6192 (08) 6551 6949 Email

  RADS Funding round: grant allocation map (2015/2017)

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  Managing your grant

Airstrip runway

If you are successful in obtaining a 2015-17 RADS grant, the Welcome to RADS brochure will assist you with the necessary actions and requirements for your grant to be acquitted. It contains information about how you should report on your grant, as well as templates which you may wish to use.


The new 2015-17 Welcome to RADS brochure will be sent to successful grantees together with their funding agreements.

The conditions as outlined in your funding agreement prevail.

  RADS funding

Between the 2008-09 and 2013-15 RADS funding rounds, the grant program was supported by a combination of Department of Transport and Royalties for Regions funding.

From 2008-09 to 2013-15, 188 projects have received or been granted RADS funding totalling more than $33 million, in support of projects valued at approximately $70 million.

The 2015-17 RADS funding round is funded by the Department of Transport. Refer to the document below for a full list of RADS projects that have been completed and fully acquitted from 2008-09 to 2015-16.

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  Gascoyne RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2009-10 Carnarvon Airport Reconstruct and cement stabilise runway 4/22 $818,162 $175,889
2009-10 Shark Bay Airstrip Reseal the runway $288,119 $144,059
2010-11 Gascoyne Junction Install permanent lighting that meets RFDS and CASA standards, including connection to towns main power system $178,516 $58,516
2011-12 Carnarvon Airport Undertake site reinvestigation, prepare an airport master plan and a detailed structure plan $213,705 $143,183
2011-12 Learmonth Airport Construction of dedicated helicopter and general aviation apron area $2,829,227 $1,025,400
2011-12 Burringurrah Airport Install runway lighting $46,177 $46,177
2011-12 Carnarvon Airport Profile and overlay of the existing apron $404,486 $202,243
2012-13 Shark Bay Airstrip Resurface the runway and apron $161,851 $161,851
2013-15 Carnarvon Airport Undertake maintenance of the current runway and taxiway surfaces, construct a Runway End Safety Area and undertake runway design investigations $341,097 $279,797

  Goldfields/Esperance RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2008-09 Esperance Airport Asphalt overlay the runway $1,747,750 $873,874
2009-10 Forrest Single coat spray seal the runways $645,650 $273,757
2009-10 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport Install animal exclusion and aviation security fencing $140,415 $70,207
2009-10 Wanarn Upgrade current lighting with rechargeable sensor lights $29,400 $14,700
2010-11 Esperance Airport Create an airport master plan and conceptual terminal layout design plan $91,464 $45,000
2010-11 Esperance Airport Erect 5.1km of 17 line fence (1.8m high) around the airport perimeter $73,340 $36,670
2010-11 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport Purchase and install a closed circuit TV system and review the master plan $261,286 $104,750
2010-11 Kambalda Develop an airport master plan $40,000 $20,000
2010-11 Laverton Aerodrome Purchase and install a 30,000 litre Jet A1 fuelling facility $318,717 $158,746
2011-12 Esperance Airport Construct an extension to the apron and move the refuelling bowser $260,219 $130,109
2011-12 Esperance Airport Development of passenger security screening facilities at the terminal $2,542,621 $1,126,000
2011-12 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport Installation of bollards to increase security into the terminal $27,788 $12,631
2012-13 Eucla Airstrip Develop a master plan, upgrade navigation aids and runway lighting $47,050 $23,473
2012-13 Ilkurkla Roll and grade the airstrip and purchase and install a solar illuminated windsock $104,878 $58,770
2012-13 Laverton Aerodrome To develop a master plan for Laverton Aerodrome $45,040 $22,470
2012-13 Laverton Aerodrome Upgrade the electricity supply to three phase power from the grid and purchase and install apron lighting $81,664 $29,922
2012-13 Leonora Airport Bitumen seal and line mark the apron $71,201 $35,400
2012-13 Norseman Aerodrome Purchase and install animal exclusion fencing $33,067 $16,675
2012-13 Tjuntjuntjara Aerodrome Install permanent airstrip lighting, replace some damaged airstrip cones and conduct surface grading. $87,743 $70,480
2013-15 Eucla Airstrip Install a new windsock pole with solar lighting and pilot activation, and upgrade the existing runway lights $29,774 $14,629
2013-15 Leonora Airport Upgrade the standby generator and apron floodlights $77,332 $38,666
2013-15 Norseman Aerodrome Upgrade the airstrip signal area to become more distinctive for arriving aircraft $9,632 $3,602
2013-15 Norseman Aerodrome Conduct a feasibility and engineering study for the runway, taxiway and apron areas $56,291 $27,500

  Great Southern RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2009-10 Denmark Seal landing and take off zones, construct new taxiway to service the leased hangars and construct an emergency plane standing area $169,691 $75,636
2011-12 Albany Harry Riggs Regional Airport Review airport master plan and construct passenger security screening facilities at the Airport terminal $3,509,496 $1,250,000
2011-12 Katanning Airport Seal, widen and upgrade the runway $665,692 $325,000
2011-12 Kojonup Aerodrome Construct a taxiway, aircraft parking area and realign the access road $55,336 $26,241
2012-13 Gnowangerup Airstrip Widen the airstrip, apply final coat seal and construct a dam $65,390 $32,695

  Kimberley RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2009-10 Billiluna Airport Replace solar panel lighting on both sides of the runway $22,600 $22,600
2009-10 Derby Bitumen reseal the apron and taxiway $346,826 $173,413
2009-10 Djugerari Airstrip Install box culverts on runway $80,902 $40,451
2009-10 Halls Creek Aerodrome General Maintenance $1,348,000 $70,000
2009-10 Kununurra Airport Install bore casings in order to monitor ground water and strengthen RPT taxiways with asphalt finish $1,050,222 $349,500
2009-10 Mt Barnett Install automatic lighting $28,346 $13,291
2009-10 Mulan Airstrip Replace the runway strip cones to meet RFDS requirements $10,930 $6,449
2009-10 Ngallagunda (Gibb River) Install subsoil drainage on runway, re-sheet the entire strip, install cut off drains along perimeter fence and relocate the aircraft landing area. $188,655 $94,327
2010-11 Bellburn Purchase and install solar lighting for the airstrip and the taxi area, a windsock and non-slip mounting tiles $36,764 $32,004
2010-11 Billiluna Airport Purchase and install lights and a windsock, parking area lighting and runway edge cones $38,355 $38,355
2010-11 Camballin Airport Repair the airstrip runway and runway drainage system and purchase and install fencing and runway marking $175,281 $175,281
2010-11 Djarindjin-Lombadina Repair the main runway, build a new taxiway to the main runway, build a taxiway and fixed wing apron parking area and build a new terminal/patient transfer facility and maintenance shed. $747,521 $560,641
2010-11 Kalumburu Airport Replace Fencing surrounding the airstrip $78,745 $24,006
2010-11 Kundat-Djaru Widening the Airstrip run-off area to 90m, extend runway, purchase and install airfield lighting and illuminated windsock $33,570 $33,570
2010-11 Kununurra Airport Expand the current airport terminal footprint ($2,200,000 over 2 years) $8,070,044 $2,200,000
2010-11 La Grange (Bidyadanga) Supply and install animal proof fencing around the airport $47,968 $38,797
2010-11 Marion Downs Construct a new apron and re-sheet the runway $30,000 $10,000
2011-12 Curtin Aerodrome: civil facilities Upgrade and strengthen taxiway L $1,382,485 $1,302,929
2011-12 Curtin Aerodrome: civil facilities Purchase and install an explosives and narcotics trace detector $49,000 $24,500
2011-12 Djugegari Airstrip To upgrade the runway drainage $108,804 $108,804
2011-12 Halls Creek Aerodrome Reseal the runway $126,292 $63,146
2011-12 Noonkanbah Airstrip Purchase and install solar runway lighting and an illuminated wind indicator $45,466 $41,829
2011-12 Silent Grove Camp Ground Provide and install airstrip lighting $3,876 $3,725
2011-12 Tjirrkarli Airstrip Purchase e-flare lighting $5,811 $5,811
2011-12 Wangkajunka Airstrip Study for relocation of the airstrip $19,105 $19,105
2011-12 Windjana Gorge National Park Purchase and install airstrip lighting $3,876 $1,862
2012-13 Charnely River Station Aerodrome Upgrade the airstrip and form and drain surface pavement $79,740 $39,870
2012-13 Fitzroy Crossing Airport Reconstruct the runway at Fitzroy Crossing Airport $3,659,840 $1,643,268
2012-13 Halls Creek Airport: runway study Commission a study into the extension design and costing of runway 04/22 at Halls Creek Airport $42,382 $21,100
2012-13 Halls Creek Airport: terminal study Commission a study into the upgrade of the terminal $7,812 $3,906
2012-13 Kundat-Djaru Purchase new lighting, a replacement battery and a new windsock $10,263 $10,263
2012-13 Mt Hart Replace airstrip markers and purchase lights $19,774 $7,500
2012-13 Warmun Aerodrome Re-sheet the runway, construct turning nodes and run-up pads, clear drainage and install markers and a windsock $245,001 $73,496
2013-15 Balgo Hills Provide an airfield equipment storage unit and complete airport fencing $5,961 $5,961
2013-15 Berkeley River Construct a gravel airstrip $225,126 $112,563
2013-15 Djarindjin-Lombadina Develop a master plan, replace sub standard boundary fencing, relocate the primary windsock and provide a secure shed for airport plant and equipment $435,521 $199,722
2013-15 Kalumburu Airport Install strip markers, repaint the runway, upgrade the windsock and clear vegetation $23,600 $23,600
2013-15 Mount House Station Upgrade the airstrip $59,480 $29,978
2013-15 Mt Barnett Widen the runway and airstrip, replace the windsock light, install strip markers and clear within the fence lines $42,734 $42,734
2013-15 Ngallagunda (Gibb River) (out of session) Provide and install airstrip solar lighting and illuminated windsock $78,474 $78,474

  Midwest RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2008-09 Geraldton Airport Security upgrade $2,502,358 $1,374,301
2009-10 Cue Airfield Install animal exclusion fencing $77,124 $38,562
2009-10 Dongara Airfield Upgrade the airstrip lighting $62,585 $31,293
2009-10 Kalbarri Airfield Enrichment seal the runway and apron areas $209,507 $104,754
2009-10 Murchison Airfield Seal runway, taxiway and purchase lights $327,707 $155,000
2009-10 Wiluna Install new security fencing $35,889 $14,400
2010-11 Cue Airfield Create an airport master plan $32,000 $16,000
2010-11 Geraldton Airport Upgrade and review the airport master plan to incorporate future sustainability needs, research effects of encroaching urban development and future expansion of Geraldton Airport. $103,002 $40,000
2010-11 Meekatharra Airport Reseal the runway and replace runway markings $264,024 $132,012
2010-11 Mount Magnet Airport Purchase and install automatic weather information broadcast (AWIB) and an illuminated wind indicator $24,145 $7,604
2010-11 Paynes Find Airport Purchase and install runway lighting, a solar windsock light kit, fuel shed and construct an ambulance unload and transfer pad $96,448 $48,221
2010-11 Sandstone Airfield Install solar powered runway lighting and LED floodlighting on the runway, terminal and ablution block $99,476 $48,375
2010-11 Wiluna Re-sheet the main runway, apron, taxiway and part of runway 15/33. $246,501 $123,250
2010-11 Yalgoo Airport Purchase and install runway lighting, a solar windsock light kit, fuel shed and construct an ambulance unload and transfer pad $104,180 $50,721
2011-12 East Wallabi Aerodrome Re-sheeting the runway $403,273 $150,000
2011-12 Geraldton Airport Provide full construction design specifications and plans for construction of a new parallel Runway $357,000 $178,500
2011-12 Morawa Aerodrome Purchase and install runway and windsock lighting $82,184 $27,500
2011-12 Rat Island Airstrip Re-sheet the runway $365,000 $150,000
2011-12 Three Springs Airport Extension of the apron and apron seal $28,395 $21,858
2012-13 Cue Airfield Bitumise the proposed apron area for access from the current apron to the hangar $190,008 $84,401
2012-13 Geraldton Airport Construct a general aviation apron $1,085,190 $350,000
2012-13 Mount Magnet Airport Reseal the turning nodes, taxiway and apron, carry out bitumen emulsion enrichment of runway 16/34 and repaint all turning nodes, taxiway and apron markings $219,806 $109,903
2013-15 Eneabba Install solar runway beacons $76,923 $50,238
2013-15 Morowa Aerodrome Develop a master plan to provide for structured expansion of civil facilities and accommodate growth of aviation $43,660 $20,000
2013-15 Mount Magnet Airport Replace existing fibro-cement cones and gables with new poly propylene units $14,759 $7,380
2013-15 Mount Magnet Airport Replace the wind indicator and associated emergency lighting $20,081 $10,040
2013-15 Mount Magnet Airport Install a non-potable water supply at the terminal building $6,096 $3,048
2013-15 Mount Magnet Airport Rectify existing deformities with the runway $20,300 $10,150
2013-15 Mount Magnet Airport (out of session) Prepare airport asset management plan $6,000 $3,000

  Pilbara RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2009-10 Kiwirrkurra Airfield Purchase and install a fence and solar lighting $146,644 $48,366
2009-10 Newman Strengthen the existing runway to enable large capacity aircraft to land at the airport and rectify the shoulder issue identified in a CASA report on the taxiway $2,406,828 $1,131,209
2009-10 Port Hedland Airport Purchase and install lighting and replace current centre line taxiway lights $146,022 $73,011
2009-10 Roebourne Install replacement fencing $46,973 $23,486
2010-11 Newman Replace visual approach lighting system with a new PAPI system on both runways $134,001 $67,001
2010-11 Port Hedland Airport Extend the taxiway, construct taxiway, asphalt, replace lights and specified terminal works $4,694,544 $1,557,150
2011-12 Port Hedland Airport Develop a airport master plan $84,495 $42,248
2011-12 Parnngurr Community Airstrip Purchase and installation of runway lighting $46,530 $40,000
2012-13 Koordarrie Station Aerodrome Lengthen the airstrip at Koodarrie Station $13,860 $7,465
2012-13 Kunawarritji (Well33) out of session To replace the solar lights $57,210 $57,210
2012-13 Newman Extend the general aviation apron and construct a helibase $1,148,267 $366,068
2012-13 Punmu Airstrip Upgrade the airport fencing $31,331 $15,900
2013-15 Port Hedland Airport (out of session) Long term lease review scoping study $94,789 $47,395

  South West RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2009-10 Bunbury Airport Construct a new 700 metre taxiway extension to existing western taxiway $365,747 $171,500
2009-10 Busselton Regional Airport Extend the runway and safety area $45,272 $22,636
2009-10 Busselton Regional Airport Commission an infrastructure assessment study $45,920 $45,920
2010-11 Augusta Purchase and replace all pilot activated lighting and the emergency lighting generator $29,345 $14,673
2010-11 Bunbury Airport Create a five year master plan $30,000 $15,000
2010-11 Busselton Regional Airport Undertake economic, environmental and infrastructure studies to assess the feasibility for a future upgrade $257,294 $257,294
2010-11 Busselton Regional Airport: passenger demand study KPMG Undertake passenger demand study $136,229 $136,229
2010-11 Manjimup Re-position the runway lights, purchase and install additional runway lights, reseal the runway, resurface the apron and taxiway and purchase and replace the runway line markings $312,400 $147,787
2011-12 Bunbury Airport Preparation of a 'Detailed development plan' to facilitate the creation of additional hangar sites $49,924 $24,962
2011-12 Busselton Regional Airport Temporary extension to passenger terminal to allow passenger screening $295,382 $147,691
2011-12 Busselton Regional Airport Reseal portion of runway, apron and seal helipad $38,626 $19,313
2011-12 Busselton Regional Airport Upgrade drainage and install security fencing $66,451 $33,226
2011-12 Collie Airport Seal the runway $238,178 $119,089
2012-13 Bunbury Airport Replace and upgrade existing runway lighting and install new taxiway lighting $281,425 $140,300
2012-13 Busselton Regional Airport: develop noise modelling report Prepare and develop a noise modelling report and integrate into land use planning schemes and airport master plan $48,640 $24,320
2012-13 Busselton Regional Airport: operational plan Prepare an operational management plan for the proposed stages of development $46,600 $20,000
2012-13 Busselton Regional Airport: pavement Construct pavement including lighting and required line markings to allow the use of a jet A1 installation $722,799 $352,268
2012-13 Busselton Regional Airport: terminal Expand the terminal $1,437,909 $516,300
2012-13 Busselton Regional Airport: purchase noise monitoring equipment Purchase noise monitoring equipment $24,531 $12,266
2013-15 Augusta - Tallinup Airport Prepare an airport asset management plan $6,000 $5,650
2013-15 Bunbury Airport Install fencing and construct taxiways $225,546 $112,773
2013-15 Busselton Regional Airport Overlay and extend the existing taxiway and extend the airports internal roadway to allow development of a new hangar $134,316 $67,158
2013-15 Busselton Regional Airport Upgrade airport security fencing from 1.2 metres to 1.8 metres high $14,508 $7,254
2013-15 Collie Airport Trim and remove trees, and paint line markers $35,857 $17,928

  Wheatbelt RADS projects

Year Airport Project Total project cost RADS contribution
2009-10 Cunderdin Airfield Grade the runway, survey approaches, coat-spray the runway and install markers and markings to register the aerodrome $339,545 $169,772
2009-10 Wyalkatchem Design and build facilities including a terminal, runways, taxiways and aprons $2,006,167 $1,800,000
2010-11 Corrigin Increase the apron size, replace the wind direction indicator, upgrade the apron lighting and construct a new patient transfer facility and helicopter landing site $241,603 $81,570
2010-11 Cunderdin Airfield Create a commercial aviation precinct development plan $46,540 $20,700
2010-11 Dalwallinu (Nugadong) Resurface the runway, construct a taxi apron, kangaroo proof fence and patient transfer facility $291,540 $107,415
2010-11 Hyden Aerodrome (Wave Rock) Purchase and install runway lighting and an illuminated wind direction indicator $97,479 $33,923
2010-11 Kondinin Airstrip Purchase and install animal proof fencing and lockable security gates for entry and exist of airport runway $12,122 $5,528
2010-11 Varley Airport Reconstruct the runway gravel surface, drainage system, purchase new markers and replace damaged markers $48,249 $24,214
2010-11 Wagin Aerodrome Create an airport master plan $47,355 $30,748
2010-11 Wyalkatchem Complete the cross strip, construct a taxiway and apron facility linking the main runway to the terminal building, construct 130 metres of new drainage and complete entry roads and car park facilities $771,623 $484,546
2011-12 Kondinin Airstrip Extension and sealing of blast areas at the north and south ends of the airstrip $25,576 $12,375
2011-12 Narembeen Airport Gravel resurfacing of the landing strip and taxi area surfaces $119,967 $59,984
2011-12 Wagin Aerodrome Seal the east-west runway $546,974 $386,163
2012-13 Dumbleyung Airport Re sheet the runway and replace damaged lighting $47,079 $23,497
2012-13 Hyden Aerodrome (Wave Rock) Construct a patient transfer station and ambulance bays and seal and line mark the airstrip $131,983 $40,000
2012-13 Kellerberrin Airport (Alan Mather Airport) Resurface the runway $90,442 $45,139
2012-13 Koorda Airstrip Seal the apron and install a patient transfer facility and a toilet $30,991 $15,000
2012-13 Kununoppin Airstrip Construct a patient transfer facility with shower and toilet and seal the apron extension $55,774 $27,887
2012-13 Narrogin Airport Hire a consultant to develop a revised airport master plan $32,000 $16,000
2012-13 Northam Aerodrome Construct long-term aircraft parking area, an apron and a helipad, widen the taxiway, reseal 500 sq metres of the runway, seal short term parking area, provide concrete and paint around the windsocks, and fence the parking area $163,883 $75,500
2012-13 Southern-Cross Aerodrome Re-sheet runway 09/27 $173,864 $86,845
2012-13 Turquoise Coast Aerodrome Hire a consultant to locate a suitable site for the proposed Turquoise Coast Regional Aerodrome $75,471 $37,706
2013-15 Beverley Aerodrome (out of session) Purchase and install solar runway lights and a windsock $102,217 $14,184
2013-15 Goomalling Develop a master plan to review the current airstrip $8,235 $3,437
2013-15 Jurien Bay Develop an area for general aviation hangars and associated taxiways $64,947 $28,970
2013-15 Merredin Airport Install airport vermin fencing and replace the windsock towers $486,586 $151,500
2013-15 Northam Aerodrome Resurface the apron $112,848 $56,424
2013-15 Southern-Cross Aerodrome Improve the current apron $212,315 $103,711
2013-15 Westonia $36,317 $15,812

  Other funding sources

The Commonwealth Governments Remote Aviation Access Program (RAAP) is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and provides funding to support remote aviation services that are not commercially viable but are essential for the social and economic wellbeing of the communities they serve.

The five funding components on RAAP are:

  1. The Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme.
  2. The Remote Aerodrome Safety Program.
  3. The Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund.
  4. The Remote Aerodrome Inspection Program.
  5. The Remote Aerodrome Upgrade Program.

The National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) is a new program administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. The objective of the NSRF is to fund investment ready projects which support economic growth and sustainability of regions across Australia, particularly disadvantaged regions, by supporting investment in priority infrastructure.

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