Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program
The Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Program is part of the Australian Government's Regional Aviation Access Programme (RAAP) and provides funding for upgrades to remote airstrips in isolated outback communities.
The key objective of the RAU program is to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote areas of Australia and facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services including health care.
Eligible projects can include:
- Upgrading runway surfaces;
- Upgrading stormwater drainage;
- Safety equipment such as runway lighting and navigation aids; and
- Other infrastructure such as animal proof fencing.
The Program does not cover landside works including terminals, hangars, buildings or commercial developments.
Applications for funding can be made by airstrip owners, such as community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments in remote areas that require aerodrome upgrades.
The Guidelines for Round 7 of the RAU Program are now available. The release of the Guidelines will enable those seeking to apply for Round 7 of the RAU Program to familiarize themselves with the eligibility requirements and assessment criteria prior to applications opening. Application forms and the application process will be available from 1 October 2019 and close on 12 November 2019.
Program Guidelines, the application form and contact details for enquiries and other program information is available on the RAUP website - www.business.gov.au/raup.
For any queries on the application process, please call 13 28 46.
On 22 March 2019, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced $10.1 million in Commonwealth funding for 34 access and safety upgrade projects across Australia.
On 23 March 2018, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced $7.0 million in Commonwealth funding for 31 access and safety upgrade projects across Australia.
On 10 February 2017, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced $11.8 million in Commonwealth funding for 91 access and safety upgrade projects across Australia.
On 10 December 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister announced $11.6 million in Commonwealth funding for access and safety upgrades to 52 aerodromes across Australia.