This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities Regional Development’s award of funding under the Regional Aviation Access Program, and the administration of agreements with successful applicants for funding.

The Regional Aviation Access Program provides funding assistance for access and safety upgrades to remote aerodromes, as well as subsidised flights, to ensure residents of remote communities have access to regional service centres. The 2018–19 Budget included $85 million for the program for that year and over the forward estimates.