Funding allocation

Of the $3.88 million budgeted for the 2017-19 RADS finding round, a first round of offers has been awarded to 13 regional airports who will share in almost $1.25 million in State Government funding.

The remaining $2.6 million of 2017-19 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 2017-19 RADS funds will be made in 2017.

  Funding round: Grant allocation results (2017/2019)

The 2017-19 funding round closed on Friday 5 August 2016.

  • A total of 31 applications were received requesting over $3.3 million in grants.
  • Applications were reviewed by the RADS Consultative Committee.
  • 13 regional airports were successful in sharing almost $1.25 million of funding for 16 projects in the first round of 2017-19 RADS offers.

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

The City of Geraldton was awarded the largest grant of $294,050 for the first 2017-19 round to purchase and install a x-ray machine and explosive trace detection equipment at the Geraldton Airport

Refer to the full list of successful projects in the 2017-19 funding round below.

applications shared $3.3M in RADS grant funding

regional airports shared almost $1.25M in funding

External Link 01/12/2016: Airport funding to benefit regions
AV_P_RADS_Grant_Recipients_17_19.pdf icon RADS: 2017-19 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 6191 (08) 6551 6949 Email

  Managing your grant

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If you are successful in obtaining a 2017-19 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 2017-19 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 2015-16 RADS funding rounds, the grant program was supported by a combination of Department of Transport and Royalties for Regions funding.

From 2008-09 to 2016-17, 223 regional airport projects have received or been granted RADS funding totalling more than $37 million, in support of projects valued at approximately $84 million.

The 2017-19 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 support for aerodrome infrastructure and air services to remote areas that are not commercially viable but are essential for the social and economic wellbeing of the communities they serve.

The funding components on RAAP are:

  1. The Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme.
  2. The Remote Aerodrome Inspection (RAI) Program.
  3. The Remote Aerodrome Upgrade (RAU) Program.
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  Funding allocation: Documents


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