Short-term (by June 2024)


This forms part of the Central Highlands Workforce Development and Accommodation Strategy.

CHDC to develop position paper to work directly with the airlines to find solutions on reducing the cost of airfares and expanding regional subsidy schemes for residents.

Monitoring of new fleet and its impact on costs and availability of flights to also be undertaken and improvements to be appropriately communicated to community.

◼ TIMEFRAME: Position Paper to be finalised by 30 June 2024 and roundtable held through WAC in July 2024.


  February 28, 2024: CHDC and Qantas regional management meet, discussing WDAS and regional challenges. Central Highlands considered for Qantas resident fare discounts.

  April 22, 2024: Ongoing discussions with Qantas regarding the awareness and impact of the new E190 fleet and operational changes available from May 2024.

  April 30, 2024: Meeting held with Qantas to discuss introduction with new E190 including business class, flight scheduling, and consideration of Central Highlands being included as part of the Resident Fare Scheme. Discussions also included education and marketing support for regional opportunities and Sustainable Aviation Fuel projects.

Anthony Penney and Adam Humphries from Qantas and CHDC CEO Peter Dowling.

  May 3, 2024: Meeting with Mr. Colin Boyce MP to discuss WDAS strategy and advocate for regional airfare subsidy scheme coverage by the Federal government.

Federal MP for Flynn Colin Boyce, Kate Isles from Infinitum Partners (centre, appeared via video link) and CHDC CEO Peter Dowling.



WDAS – Summary