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Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program

As part of the Digital Economy Strategy announced on 6 May 2021, the Government committed $32.6 million over two years to establish the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program (the Program), up to 30 June 2024. The Program will support strategic partnerships with industry, using emerging aviation technology to address community needs, particularly in regional Australia.

Applications now closed

Round One of the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program has now closed. The Program Guidelines PDF: 644 KB are still available, but there may be some changes for Round Two of the Program, which will commence at a later date.


The objective of the Program is to encourage and enable the development and deployment, of emerging aviation technologies to enhance the competitiveness, efficiency and reliability of Australian aviation, including by expanding employment in the aviation sector; improving supply chain and market efficiency and improving connections with regional and remote, including Indigenous, communities. The Program will also contribute to the digital transformation of Australian businesses, increased business efficiency, and reduced carbon emissions through new technology.

Under the Program, the Department will partner with industry to test emerging aviation technology through pilot projects across five focus areas:

  1. Digital farming
  2. Connecting regional communities
  3. Boosting regional supply chains
  4. Improving health outcomes for remote indigenous communities
  5. Manufacturing in emerging aviation technology.

The scope of the Program is broader than administration of grants funding. The Department will work with industry partners to deliver pilot projects, including through:

  • Coordination and consultation with Commonwealth, state and local government agencies
  • Advice and assistance with navigation of regulatory processes
  • Development/testing of new policies/regulations where required to support the project
  • Provision of funding to support project implementation (operational and capital expenditure).

Funding under the Program will be used flexibly to support a range of activities that contribute to project delivery including direct payments to industry partners and, where agreed between the government and industry partners, provision of a range of other funding for procurement related activities to support the delivery of projects.

Funding will be administered in accordance with the Commonwealth resource management framework, including the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017 (CGRGs), the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and the Department’s Accountable Authority Instructions.

Program design and administration will be consistent with the following key principles for grants administration (as per the 6.2 of the CGRGs):

  • Robust planning and design
  • Collaboration and partnership
  • Proportionality
  • An outcomes orientation
  • Achieving value with relevant money
  • Governance and accountability, and
  • Probity and transparency.

The Grant Opportunity, with Program Guidelines and a call for applications, was released on 20 December 2021.

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis against a number of selection criteria and the comparative merits of other applications.

Collaboration Hub—Making Connections / Finding a Project Partner

We recognise that some parties may wish to participate in the EATP program but have difficulty identifying suitable partners, willing stakeholder communities (including remote or regional Indigenous communities), project proponents, etc.

We invite such parties to submit the following details by email to for publication on this page, to provide an opportunity for interested parties to make contact should they wish to collaborate:

Community / company name:
Contact name:
Telephone / email:
Nature of partnership/collaboration sought:

We will publish these details on this page as they are received from interested parties.

Important Note: The department will not be vetting the parties on this list and inclusion on this list does not represent endorsement by the Department. Parties seeking to make contact are expected to undertake their own checks/due diligence.

Interested Party (Company/Community) Contact (Name, Telephone, Email Interested in: (Nature of partnership/collaboration sought)
...and Beyond UAV mapping and modelling Steven Young
Telephone: 0404 885 893 

Looking for a Broad Acre Farming Enterprise looking at utilization of UAV’s for monitoring and selective application of chemicals.

Seeking Organic Farm or Organic farming community interested in exploring the use or UAV technology into organic farming enterprise

Adesar Holdings Pty Ltd
(Bistra Services)
Paul Truda
Mobile: 0450628737
We are looking for people in the aviation industry :
- Aeronautical Engineers licensed by CASA to design and certif
- Structural Engineer
- with experience in aeroplane
- Manufacturers of carbon fibre lattice tube
- Mylar Fabricators - (Sailmakers
- Fuel Cell - manufacturers with design expertise
- Propeller Manufacturers/Repairer
- Aviation Software 
Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd Paul Falzon
0412 643 275
Looking to support and/or partner with organisations developing emerging aviation technology that require specialist engineering design, analysis, manufacturing, assembly and testing capability focussed on advanced composite materials and structures. Further details on our capability can be found at
AIR Hub Dr. Adriano Di Pietro

The Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub is dedicated to aerospace industry, current and emerging, collaborative development partnerships. The AIR Hub provides expertise in (1) advanced composite materials for aerospace applications – design, manufacture and testing, (2) advanced manufacturing for aerospace supply chain, (3) digitalisation including CAD, CAM, industry 4.0 and digital twinning and (4) advanced air operations for flight trialling, instrumentation, test and integration.

Website -

Australian UAV Pty Ltd James Rennie 0497070576
Professional drone operations business looking to support industry with operational trails. Offices and full-time staff throughout Australia and experience in UTM trials, fixed-wing, multi-rotor and powered lift. 
Australian UAV Technologies Pty Ltd (T/As Silvertone UAV) Gerry Gerlach
Telephone 02 6931 8252
A regional company looking to collaborate with interested partners who might require either a larger UAV platform or our assistance with opportunities within the sector.
Clipper Aeronautics
Tina D’Souza - 0468 833 873
Daniel Curtis - 0413 550 828
Clipper Aeronautics is a small team of Aerospace engineers with extensive experience operating within the CASA and DASA (Defence) regulatory environments in aviation design, repair, maintenance, sustainment, and operations. Utilising their expertise in the development of complex air and space systems, the team seeks to design, build and fly an AAM concept demonstrator. We seek partners that can take on portions of design or manufacturing work that would integrate with our own development effort. Areas for potential collaboration include the development of bespoke electronics systems, composite manufacturing, and test equipment/rig design.
Deakin University Professor Seng Loke
Telephone: +61 3 924 68753 
Seeking collaborators interested in
urban air mobility/traffic simulation 
(or digital twinning for urban air mobility).
Department 13 Dr. Joni Sytsma
+61 0499 285 639
Department 13 operates drones commercially beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) across Australia from our remote operations centre in Canberra, and we are searching for partners in remote and indigenous communities who would be willing to partner on this project to deliver critical supplies. We have expertise in navigating CASA BVLOS regulations and developing hardware and software solutions that pertain to drone technologies.
Electro.Aero Pty Ltd Joshua Portlock
Telephone +61 409 011 447
Electro.Aero develop and manufacture SAE International AS6968 standardized aircraft chargers and SmartHangar sustainable energy management systems for airports and vertiports. Looking to collaborate with any airframers, operators or sites and can provide comprehensive feasibility studies of SmartHangar charging needs and solutions to supplement any existing limited grid connection.
Flight Technologies Pty Ltd Kihan Garcia
Flight technologies specializes in providing custom development, aircraft integration and payload design.

We have worked with a range of systems including DJI, DJI AG,Autopilot, PX4, and MicroPilot.

Our services including consulting, 3D CAD design, manufacturing, electronic design and software implementation. Providing companies a one stop shop to help bring their drone dreams to market.

FlyFreely David Cole
0407 450 078
FlyFreely is seeking to assist project leads that may require access to a Drone Management Platform to help manage all aspects of their operations, compliance and fleet over the life of the EATP and beyond. We are also open to developing any new capability your project may require to help automate any operational or compliance challenges. We also have a full API available for integration.
Based in Brisbane, FlyFreely is a CASA verified drone safety app, providing full Part 101 MOS record keeping compliance and partner to one of the teams working on the FIMS prototype.
FNQ Drones Lee Windle
Mobile +61 400 817 708
Looking to partner with businesses looking for opportunities in the Far North Queensland community.
Greenbird Sara Hales
0434 570 152
Keith Tonkin
0417 631 681
Seeking to explore over water navigation, application of regional air mobility solutions in remote areas and potentially IFR operations.

Greenbird welcomes expressions of interest from organisations seeking to join a collaborative and industry led approach to AAM ecosystem development within Australia.

MicroTau Pty Ltd Dylan McGrath
0418 235 625
We are seeking a regional partner with a need for improved aircraft efficiency, range, endurance or payload capacity. MicroTau would like to collaborate on flight testing an applied surface film proven to reduce drag, to the benefit of the partner organisation.
Monash Drone Discovery Platform Matthew Lee
Mobile: 0403 562 848
The MDDP is seeking to partner with leading organisations looking to expand their capability in all 5 Focus areas.
The core capability of the platform is the manufacture, testing, and deployment of bespoke drone technologies including VTOL delivery spec aircraft and payload delivery technologies.
Regional Development Australia (RDA Perth) Mr Charles Pan
Interim Chair, Drone Hub
Board Member, RDA Perth
+61 417 099 066
RDA Perth are currently seeking to have exploratory discussions with key industry stakeholders (Aviation manufacturers, Airports, Safety Authorities, Airlines, Aviation Defence Industries, Autonomous Flight Experts in R&D, and Universities) with a view to create Western Australia's Drone Hub.
Skyportz Clem Newton-Brown
Telephone +61 3 95211606
Mobile +61 411 255 179
Collaborate on bids for the EATP grant utilising our landing sites.
University of Wollongong Bobby Du
Industry partner for research into digital farming.
Wentworth Shire Council Craig Copley
Telephone 03 5027 5027
Mobile 0439 657 205
The ability and desire to assist with such a program where possible.
University of NSW Dr Oleksandra Molloy 
Phone number: 02 5114 5184
Find industry/academic partner to collaborate on this project
University of South Australia Dr. Mirjam Wiedemann, PhD
Tel: +61 8 830 23489
Councils and airports that are interested in exploring infrastructure requirements for hydrogen flight.
University of Wollongong Bobby D
We seek partners to test remotely piloted DJI UAVs BVLOS for Agriculture, Infrastructure applications. Applications may include a remote command/operations centre and/or connected drone recharge base(s) in the field
Unleash Live Hanno Blankenstein
Telephone: 0420 304 442
We seek partners to test remotely piloted DJI UAVs BVLOS for Agriculture, Infrastructure applications. Applications may include a remote command/operations centre and/or connected drone recharge base(s) in the field
Transport for NSW Aviation team
Transport for NSW is the state government’s transport agency in New South Wales. Transport for NSW leads the development of safe, integrated and efficient transport systems for the people of NSW.
Transport for NSW welcomes expressions of interests from organisations looking at exploring the use of emerging aviation technology for freight and passenger services in NSW.
We encourage anyone considering these use cases to reach out so we can understand how we can support your proposal.
Wentworth Shire Council Craig Cople
Telephone 03 5027 502
Mobile 0439 657 205
The ability and desire to assist with such a program where possible.
Viable Partners

Alan Fung

Seeking collaboration and partnership on digital farming / precision agriculture through drones and artificial intelligence as well as research on the role of drones to support remote indigenous communities.
Valqari LLC

Geoff Graves
WhatsApp/Signal +1 718 877 3128 

Valqari provides a drone agnostic, handsfree, automated, safe and secure delivery drone loading and unloading system. We can connect to any vertically landing drone (VTOL or Multicopter), and provide a completely touchless transfer system. We enable deliveries 24/7/365, increasing accessibility, and limiting risk. 

US based, with Aus. patent and keen to get into the Australian market. If you have a delivery program, but are challenged by accessibility issues, and your customers can use a mailbox, then we'll fit.

Further Information

Frequently Asked Questions

You can read a document entailing Frequently Asked Questions about the Program PDF: 1360 KB.

Industry Briefings

In line with the Program’s Communications Strategy, we are open to providing briefings on the Program Guidelines. Please contact us by 28 February 2022 using the details below if you are interested in hosting a briefing (please note this does not include one-on-one briefings).

Read the Briefing notes PDF: 251 KB

Briefings completed to date are:

  • Austrade Industry Briefing—13 January 2022
  • Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems—2 February 2022

Addendums to Program Guidelines

In line with the Program Guidelines and to ensure equal access to information, all additional information provided during the application process is available here and on Grantconnect.

Read the Addendum Number 01—Supplementary Questions and Answers PDF: 36 KB

Read the Addendum Number 02 – Collaboration Hub PDF: 241 KB

Read the Addendum Number 03 – Extension of EATP Program End Date PDF: 141 KB

Contact us

All information required is contained within the Program Guidelines PDF: 644 KB. While the Department will be limited in what can be discussed now Round One of the grant opportunity has closed, questions or queries can be made to