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Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program

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

Applications now closed

Round One of the Program has now closed and applications are currently being assessed.

Applications can no longer be submitted for Round One. The Round One Program Guidelines PDF: 644 KB are still available for reference, and guidelines for Round Two of the Program will be released 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. To this end, the Program aims to expand employment in the aviation sector; improve supply chain and market efficiency and improve connections with regional and remote locations, 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.

Through 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 Department is responsible for administering the program and will also 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, may also include provision of 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 are being 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
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
0450 628 737

We are looking for people in the aviation industry:
- Aeronautical Engineers, licensed by CASA to design and certify
- 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.

Advanced Propulsion Technologies Pty Ltd

Dr. Albert Parker, Ph.D.

Advanced Propulsion Technologies Pty Ltd engages in the research and development of more performing and environmentally friendly machineries for transport applications including aviation and may thus contribute to the definition of novel products for the mobility industry. Specifically, we have experience in hybrid electric propeller propulsion, with battery and fuel tank onboard energy storage, and production of electricity on board by fuel cells or combustion engine and generator, for use in UAV/UAM and small aircrafts fuelled with hydrogen or hydrogen-derived e-fuels. We also have experience in hydrogen and hydrogen-derived e-fuels combustion engines for commercial turboprop and turbofan jetliners. Finally, we may also help with the study of hypersonic propulsion by hydrogen unified turbine-based combined cycle ram/scramjet engines moving towards hypersonic commercial aviation


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.

Australian UAV Pty Ltd

James Rennie
0497 070 576

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
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.

Castleburn Station

Emile Theodore
0418 563 601

We are a remote beef cattle farming enterprise located in the Victorian High Country - 15 minutes south of Dargo. We have been using DJI drones to muster and move cattle for some years. We would be interested in utilising drones for other Agricultural tasks such as stock surveillance (particularly during calving), pest animal counts, weed control, crop maintenance and mapping. Should any EATP participants require a real-world field-testing partner, we encourage you to make contact.

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
03 924 68753

Seeking collaborators interested in urban air mobility/traffic simulation (or digital twinning for urban air mobility).

Department 13

Dr. Joni Sytsma
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
0409 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.

Fliight 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.


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
0400 817 708

Looking to partner with businesses looking for opportunities in the Far North Queensland community.


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
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, RDA Perth
0417 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.


Clem Newton-Brown
03 95211606
0411 255 179


Collaborate on bids for the EATP grant utilising our landing sites.

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.

Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE)

Lance MacManus
0427 935 987

Molly Wagner
0488 168 436

 TSBE is an independent, member-driven economic development organisation actively linking our business community to opportunities across the Toowoomba, Western Downs, Maranoa and surrounding areas. We’re committed to ensuring that our local business community will innovate, adapt and prosper and we take pride in encouraging major investment in emerging industries. To ensure our region continues to diversify and grow sustainably TSBE has identified the need for investment in activities that foster the regions overall capabilities in onshore manufacturing, data systems, controlled flight testing and manned UAV control rooms. With an extensive defence and aerospace ecosystem in Toowoomba, TSBE is currently working with national and international companies to grow the emerging industries capabilities and welcomes the opportunity to further discuss with any company looking to grow their presence in Toowoomba’s aerospace sector.

University of NSW

Dr Oleksandra Molloy 

02 5114 5184

Find industry/academic partner to collaborate on this project

University of South Australia

Dr. Mirjam Wiedemann, PhD
08 830 23489

Councils and airports that are interested in exploring infrastructure requirements for hydrogen flight.

University of Sydney

Professor Athman Bouguettaya


Our research group is interested to collaborate with industry partners on drone-based service delivery.  Our research work focuses on using drones as an efficient, ubiquitous, and green alternative for service delivery in a skyway network in highly constrained environments (no-fly zones, obstacles, weather, drone failures, etc).  We have developed proof-of-concept prototypes in our Drones Lab at the University of Sydney.

University of Wollongong

Bobby Du

Industry partner for research into digital farming.

Unleash Live

Hanno Blankenstein
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

Viable Partners

Alan Fung
0423 200 667

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.

Wentworth Shire Council

Craig Cople
03 5027 502
0439 657 205

The ability and desire to assist with such a program where possible.

Further Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see Frequently Asked Questions about the Program PDF: 1360 KB. For further queries, please see the Department’s contact details below.

Industry Briefings

In line with the Program’s Communications Strategy, the Department held a number of briefings on the Program Guidelines following the opening of the Round One application period:

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

Read the Briefing notes PDF: 251 KB

The opportunity for briefings on the Round Two program guidelines will be announced when the Round Two application period is open.  

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.

Round One applications are currently being assessed, however the Department can respond to queries that will not impact the assessment process. Questions or queries can be sent to