ADS-B subsidy now available

Date published: 19 August 2022


The Australian Government is offering a subsidy of up to $5,000 for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment. These grants can cover 50 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing eligible ADS-B devices.

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Subsidies are available until 31 May 2023 or until the allocated funding is exhausted. Purchases made after 20 December 21 may also be subsidised.

This subsidy only applies to aircraft operating under the visual flight rules (VFR) and can be used to fund one of two eligible classes of equipment:

  • installed ADS-B equipment that air traffic controllers can use for aircraft separation purposes
  • portable ADS-B equipment for local electronic traffic information purposes (referred to as ADS-B EC). For example, the SkyEcho 2.

ADS-B benefits

ADS-B provides improved situational awareness for pilots through better electronic visibility of nearby airborne VFR aircraft. ADS-B is an evolution of traditional radar and offers substantial increases in surveillance coverage. It is a system which automatically transmits relevant information (such as identity, precise location and altitude, velocity) to a ground station and to other air traffic.

Although flying with ADS-B is only required for instrument flight rules aircraft, it also offers significant benefits for VFR aircraft. Further information on the use and benefits of ADS-B can be found in CNS/ATM resource kit – Chapter 4: Surveillance and ADS-B.

ADS-B or ADS-B EC: Which one is right for you?

ATC use ATC can see you on radar. ATC will not be able to see you as these typically have reduced power and range.
Other aircraft (if fitted with ADS-B in) You will be able to see other aircraft with ADS-B. You will be able to see other aircraft with ADS-B.
Typical bundles GNSS + ADS-B OUT + Mode S tx or GNSS + ADS-B OUT/IN + Mode S tx GNSS + ADS-B EC OUT + ADS-B IN
Fitment Fixed + antenna Portable
Indicative installed cost $7,000 - $10,000 $900

How to apply

To apply for the subsidy, your aircraft must be in either the CASA Australian aircraft register, or a register of an approved Australian sport aviation organisation, such as Recreational Aviation Australia or the Sports Aviation Federation of Australia.

Visit the Australian Government Business online portal to find out more about the subsidy and start your application.

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