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Regional aviation funding

The South Australian Government offers two funding sources for regional aviation:

  1. Support Regional Aviation Program
  2. Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

Support Regional Aviation Program

This competitive grants program contributes state government funding towards infrastructure improvements in the regional aerodrome network. Funded upgrades will improve safety and accessibility, help aerodromes comply with regulatory requirements, accommodate changing airline fleets and regional market growth, and deliver regional economic and social benefits through improved aerodrome infrastructure.

The total value of the program in Round 7 is $1 million. Grants of up to $100,000 are available to successful applicants.

Round 7 closed on Friday, 24 June 2022.

All funded projects need to be completed and all grant monies expended by 30 June 2023.

Applications were made via SmartyGrants.

Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program

The state government may also provide co-funding towards projects that have successfully applied to the Australian Government’s Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program (see below). Applicants should let us know if they intend to seek a state government co-contribution.

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, e.g. 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