In the 2019–20 Budget, the Australian Government committed $100 million over four years to 2022–23 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.
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.