Funding allocation

In the 2021-23 RADS funding round, grant offers have been awarded to 24 regional airports who will share in almost $3 million in State Government funding.

  Funding round: Grant allocation results (2021-23)

The 2021-23 funding round closed on Friday 7 August 2020.

  • A total of 51 applications were received requesting over $19 million in grants.
  • Applications were reviewed by the RADS Consultative Committee.
  • 24 regional airports were successful in sharing almost $3 million of funding for 25 projects over the 2021-23 financial years.

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 Wirrimanu Aboriginal Corporation was awarded the largest grant of $427,058 to resheet the runway pavement and replace runway lights with LED fittings at Balgo Hill Airport.

Refer to the full list of successful projects in the 2021-23 funding round below.

External Link Regional airports grants help boost economic recovery in regions

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Aviation Branch at the Department of Transport via:

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
140 William St, Perth WA 6000 PO Box C102, Perth WA 6839 (08) 6551 6961 (08) 6551 6949 Email

  Managing your grant

Managing your grant
Managing your grant

If you are successful in obtaining a 2021-23 RADS grant, the 'Managing Your RADS Grant' brochure will assist you with the necessary actions and requirements for your grant to be paid and acquitted. It contains information about how you should report on your grant, as well as templates which you may wish to use.


The new 2021-23 'Managing Your RADS Grant' brochure will be sent to successful grantees together with their funding deeds.

The conditions as outlined in your funding deed prevail.

  RADS funding

Between 2009-10 and  2021-22, 308 regional airport projects have been granted RADS funding totalling almost $50 million, in support of projects valued at approximately $114 million. RADS projects have improved airport safety, accessibility, security and development planning at regional airports.

regional airport projects have been granted RADS funding between 2009-10 and 2021-22

($ Million) in RADS funding awarded between 2009-10 and 2021-22

The 2021-23 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.  

  Other funding sources

The Commonwealth Governments Remote Aviation Access Program (RAAP) is administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and provides funding support for access and safety upgrades to remote aerodromes as well as subsidised flights to ensure residents of remote communities have access to regional service centres.

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.

Additionally, in the 2019-20 Budget, the Commonwealth Government committed $100 million over 4 years through the Regional Airports Program (RAP) to ensure that key regional airport facilities meet the needs of communities and local industry, now and into the future.

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