Case Study 5.2: Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme
The Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme (RASS) subsidises weekly passenger and freight air transportation for approximately 9,000 people living in 239 remote communities, comprising 74 indigenous communities and 165 cattle and sheep stations in 10 remote regions across the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.
Many of the communities located in these remote regions have road access cut off for months during the wet season. The regular RASS flights make it possible for people living in these remote regions to visit nearby communities and access essential goods and services that Australians in more populated communities take for granted, such as:
- fresh food, medical supplies, educational materials, spare parts; and
- professional services relating to health, education, welfare and social needs of remote communities across Australia.
Subsidised flights have been provided under RASS for 25 years. Typically around 2,500 passengers and 33,000 kg of freight a year are carried by RASS flights each year (Photo: DITRDLG)