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Regional aviation funding

Regional aviation funding

The South Australian Government has two funding sources for regional aviation.

Support Regional Aviation Program: Provides grants up to $100,000 for priority infrastructure upgrades at regional airports.  Applications for Round 5 have been extended to Sunday 31st January 2021.  Projects need to be shovel ready and capable of completion by the end of 31 May 2021.

Guidelines for applicants (PDF, 165 KB).

Applications can be made via SmartyGrants:

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program: State Government may provide matching funding towards projects that have been successful in applying for funding under the Australian Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program (see below).

The Australian Government provides the majority of funding opportunities for airports located in regional and remote locations across several programs.  Information about these funding opportunities can be found at

Airport location

Funding available for


Aerodromes in Remote locations

Works for essential access and safety up to     $3 million

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program

Any location

Commercial projects with a landside or commercial focus eg terminals, improving runway for larger tourist/cargo aircraft, business parks.

Building Better Regions Fund

Regional location

Essential works for access and safety

Regional Airports Program

Any location

Aviation Security Equipment and related costs

Regional Airport Security Screening Fund

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