Round 6 of Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program open for applications

The Federal Government is now seeking applications for projects to undertake safety and access works at remote aerodromes under round six of its Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the program was about improving the safety and accessibility of airstrips across remote Australia to better connect communities to the services they need to survive and thrive.

“It is important for all communities to have great transport links and even more so in our remote areas where local airstrips are crucial pieces of community infrastructure,” Mr McCormack said.

“For many Australians living in remote communities, airstrips are needed to get essential supplies, mail deliveries and potentially lifesaving medical services, as well as connect with education and employment opportunities and travel long distances.”

All owners and operators of remote community airstrips who can see a real need for an upgrade are encouraged to apply under round six.

Eligible projects can include:

  • upgrading runway surfaces;
  • upgrading stormwater drainage;
  • installing or upgrading runway lighting and navigation aids; and
  • installing or upgrading animal proof runway fencing.

The program does not cover landside works including terminals, hangars, buildings or commercial developments.

Applications for round six are open until 29 November 2018 and can be lodged by owners/operators of remote airstrips including community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments.

Further information on the program, including the guidelines and application form, is available on the Australian Government’s Grants Portal at or by contacting 13 28 46.