Regional Airports Program

In the 2019–20 Budget, the Australian Government committed $100 million to the Regional Airports Program, a competitive grants program intended to:

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using regional airports or aerodromes
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services
  • improve the connectivity of Australia's regions to domestic and global market opportunities
  • meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services in the region.

In the 2024–25 Budget, the Australian Government announced:

  • the Regional Airports Program will be extended with an additional $40 million in competitive grant funding over three years from 2024–25.

Regional Airports Program—Round 3

On 20 January 2023, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Catherine King MP announced $27.9 million in funding for 44 projects under round three of the Regional Airports Program.

Regional Airports Program—Round 2

On 28 July 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister announced $29.6 million in Australian Government funding for 89 projects under round two of the Regional Airports Program.

Regional Airports Program—Round 1

On 13 June 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister announced $41.2 million in Australian Government funding for 61 projects across regional Australia.