UN aviation Assembly a success for Australia

Media Release


11 October 2016

I am pleased to announce Australia has had its Category One status on the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) governing Council reaffirmed following an election process involving more than 190 member states.

This continues our tradition of serving as a ‘State of chief importance in civil aviation’ on the Council. As a founding member of the body, I am delighted Australia has retained this status following the election at ICAO's 39th Assembly in Montreal, Canada.

ICAO is the specialised United Nations agency for international cooperation in civil aviation and works to enhance aviation safety, security, efficiency, and sustainability.

Australia's participation at the Assembly has once again demonstrated our global aviation leadership and enabled Australia to influence key international aviation safety, security and environmental standards and recommended practices.

Another significant achievement for Australia at this year's Assembly was the awarding of the most prestigious award in international aviation, the Edward Warner Award, which was awarded to the late Dr David Warren AO, an Australian citizen renowned for inventing the ‘black box’ flight and data recorder.

An historic agreement was also reached to introduce a global carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation to control carbon dioxide emissions.

The agreement is the culmination of more than six years of negotiations and is the first time an industry sector has committed to reducing its carbon footprint on a global scale.