The Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program is part of the Australian Government's Regional Aviation Access Program.
The objective of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program is to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia. Safe, operational aerodromes are vital in the delivery of essential goods and services in remote and very remote communities, particularly where road access is unavailable, unreliable or disrupted for extended periods due to seasonal weather conditions. An effective airstrip, accessible all year round, improves the delivery of health care services such as those provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service or other aeromedical providers, improves access to work and education opportunities and helps connect residents of remote communities.
On 4 August 2022, the Assistant Minister for Regional Development announced $14.9 million in funding for 55 projects.
On 4 May 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister jointly announced $8.2 million in Australian Government funding for 46 projects.
On 6 May 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister jointly announced $9.0 million in Australian Government funding for 45 projects.
On 22 March 2019, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced $10.2 million in Australian Government funding for 34 projects.