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DITRDC Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program open for applications

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications’ aviation technology partnerships program is open for applications. Applications close on 31 March.

The Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program will support strategic partnerships with industry, using emerging aviation technology to address community needs, particularly in regional Australia. Its objective is to encourage and enable the development and deployment of emerging aviation technologies to enhance the competitiveness, efficiency and reliability of Australian aviation, including by expanding employment in the aviation sector; improving supply chain and market efficiency and improving connections with regional and remote, including Indigenous, communities. The Program will also contribute to the digital transformation of Australian businesses, increased business efficiency, and reduced carbon emissions through new technology.

Under the Program, the Department will partner with industry to test emerging aviation technology through pilot projects across five focus areas:

  • Digital farming
  • Connecting regional communities
  • Boosting regional supply chains
  • Improving health outcomes for remote indigenous communities
  • Manufacturing in emerging aviation technology

Funding under the Program will be used flexibly to support a range of activities that contribute to project delivery including direct payments to industry partners and, where agreed between the government and industry partners, provision of a range of other funding for procurement related activities to support the delivery of projects.

All information required is contained within the Program Guidelines PDF: 311 KB. While the Department will be limited in what can be discussed now the grant opportunity has been released, questions or queries can be made to

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