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 2016.

  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

AV_P_RADS_Grant_Recipients.pdf icon RADS 2015 - 17: Grant recipients Kb

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 2015/2017 (map)

View 2013-15 Funding round: grant allocation map in a full screen map.

  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.

AV_P_RADS_Projects_by_Regions.pdf icon RADS: Projects by regions Kb

  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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  Funding allocation: Documents


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