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Regional Aviation Funding

Funding sources

We recognise that regional aerodromes are not passive assets and need to be actively managed and maintained in accordance with regulatory requirements.

The South Australian Government offers two funding sources to support regional aviation infrastructure upgrades:

  • SA Support Regional Aviation Program (SASRAP)
  • Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program (RAUP) co-contribution funding.

SA Support Regional Aviation Program (SASRAP)

This competitive grant program contributes State Government funding towards infrastructure improvements in the regional and remote aerodrome network. Funded upgrades will improve safety and accessibility, help aerodromes comply with regulatory requirements, accommodate changing airline fleets and regional market growth, and deliver regional economic and social benefits through improved aerodrome infrastructure.

SASRAP Round 8 will provide funding in 2023–2024.

  • Grants of up to $100,000 are available to successful applicants.
  • All funded projects need to be completed, and all grant monies expended by 30 June 2024.
  • Opened for applications 6 December 2022.
  • Closes for applications 28 February 2023.

Read the program guidelines, including eligibility criteria, applicant co-funding requirements and assessment criteria.

To preview the application form and submit applications, visit SA Support Regional Aviation Program Round 8 2023–2024 on SmartyGrants.

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program (RAUP) co-contribution funding

While the Australian Government administers the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program, the State Government may provide matching co-funding towards projects. Applicants need to notify the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (email if they intend to seek a State Government co-contribution and ensure this is made clear in their application.

For more information, visit Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

Featured images

View the gallery to see how previous funding was used. Photos were shared by grant recipients.

Information resources

MLS Annual Safety Inspections

South Australian aerodromes covered by the Local Government Association's Mutual Liability Insurance Scheme will receive annual safety inspections. The Department for Infrastructure and Transport contributes 50% towards the cost of the annual inspection program. Copies of all inspection reports are provided to the Department, and to the South Australian Government Financing Authority (a unit of the Department of Treasury and Finance).