Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme
The Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Programme is part of the Australian Government's Regional Aviation Access Programme (RAAP) and provides funding for upgrades to remote airstrips in isolated outback communities.
The key objective of the RAU programme is to enhance the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote areas of Australia and facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services including health care.
Eligible projects can include:
- Upgrading runway surfaces;
- Upgrading stormwater drainage;
- Safety equipment such as runway lighting and navigation aids; and
- Other infrastructure such as animal proof fencing.
The Programme does not cover landside works including terminals, hangars, buildings or commercial developments.
Applications for funding can be made by airstrip owners, such as community groups, Indigenous organisations and local governments in remote areas that require aerodrome upgrades.
On 10 February 2017, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced $11.8 million in Commonwealth funding for 91 access and safety upgrade projects across Australia.
On 10 December 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister announced $11.6 million in Commonwealth funding for access and safety upgrades to 52 aerodromes across Australia.