Grants open to regional and remote airports across WA with the McGowan Government continuing to champion access to regional areas. The funding boost will aim to support local jobs and improve air safety.

Regional and remote airports across Western Australia are invited to apply for the latest round of Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) grants, totalling almost $1.7 million.

The RADS grants are aimed at helping regional and remote airports to improve air services, airport infrastructure and air safety by providing access to funding.

All eligible owners or leaseholders of regional airports that can be accessed by the public are encouraged to apply for the latest RADS funding.

The overall 2017-19 RADS budget was $3.88 million, with the first round of 2017-19 RADS grants being awarded to 15 regional airports sharing in about $2.2 million in State Government funding.

The second round for 2017-19 is now open with nearly $1.7 million in funds up for grabs.

Applications for grants must provide for common-user transport infrastructure to improve air services and/or air safety for regional communities.

RADS grants are funded through the Department of Transport.

All applications for grants will be assessed by the RADS Consultative Committee which comprises of representatives from the Department of Transport and other key government agencies and stakeholders.

Applications are available for downloading at and close at 5pm (WST) on November 13, 2017.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“These RADS grants will assist remote and regional airports in WA to maintain and upgrade airport infrastructure, ensuring these regional aerodromes continue to meet the economic and community needs of our regions.

“The McGowan Government is taking a broad approach to regional air travel, as demonstrated by our inquiry into regional airfares.

“The impacts of these smaller projects can be far-reaching and sometimes lifesaving to the communities in which they operate.

“Airports are key to growing our economic, tourism and social links throughout regional WA.

“The State Government is committed to ensuring safe and accessible aviation services that meet the transport needs of regional communities across WA, and these grants help make this possible.”