Regional Airport Program guidelines tweaked for smaller projects

Round 2 of the Commonwealth’s Regional Airport Program (RAP) has opened with new guidelines for small local governments and Indigenous corporations.

Councils and corporations with projects valued at $300,000 or less may seek funding for 100 percent of eligible project costs.

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 RAP helps finance access and safety upgrades at airports across regional Australia to ensure they meet local community and industry needs.

Landside works including terminals, hangars, commercial developments or buildings are not covered.

Applications for Round 2 will remain open until 15 December 2020,  

In related news, the federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has advised that applications for Round 8 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program (RAUP) close on 12 November.

The RAUP is part of the Commonwealth’s commitment to enhancing the safety and accessibility of remote area airstrips. Round 8 details can be found at

Up to $7 million is being made available under the RAUP over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years, with a maximum grant of $500,000.