Funding allocation

In the 2017-19 RADS funding round, a first round of offers awarded almost $1.25 million in State Government funding to 13 regional airports.

A 2017-19 second RADS funding round has now awarded approximately $1.36 million towards 12 regional airports.

  Grant allocation results (2017/2019): Second funding round

The 2017-19 second funding round closed on Monday 13 November 2017.

  • A total of 19 applications were received requesting almost $2 million in grants.
  • Applications were reviewed by the RADS Consultative Committee comprising of representatives from:
    • Department of Community Services;
    • Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES);
    • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage;
    • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development;
    • Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), and
    • Tourism WA.
  • 11 regional airports were successful in sharing almost $1.4 million of funding for 12 projects in the second 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 Shire of Wiluna was awarded the largest grant of over $300,000 to install runway lighting, create design plans for a passenger terminal, install airport CCTV equipment and replace airport security fencing at the Wiluna Airport.

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

applications requested over $5M in 2017-19 RADS grant funding

regional airports shared over $2.5M in 2017-19 funding for projects totalling almost $5.2M

AV_P_RADS_Grant_Recipients_R2_17_19_map.pdf icon RADS: 2017-19 grant recipients: Round 2 Kb
AV_P_RADS_Grant_Recipients_all_17_19.pdf icon RADS: 2017-19 grant recipients: Complete list Kb
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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 6191 (08) 6551 6949 Email

  Managing your grant

Airstrip runway

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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