Major study of General Aviation sector

Media Release

DC160/2016

28 October 2016

  • Australian Government commits to major study into general aviation in Australia to remove barriers to growth
  • Representatives of the general aviation sector invited to contribute to work
  • Study will cover issues ranging from regulatory and cost issues affecting the sector

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced a major study will be undertaken to identify priorities for General Aviation (GA) in the future.

“I am keen to remove barriers to growth in this vital part of the aviation industry including reducing costs and regulatory burden,” Mr Chester said.

“General aviation has a rich history in Australia and I'm confident it can have a prosperous future. This study will help get the public policy right to support growth in the sector.

“The study, to be conducted by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), forms an important part of the Government's response to proposals from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF).

“As part of the response, I can confirm that CASA will be undertaking a review of the private pilot medical requirements—an area that I know has been a key issue for the GA sector.

“The BITRE study will cover a range of issues, including assessing the key drivers and influences on the sector.

“That means identifying trends, what the economic, demographic, and regulatory factors behind these trends are, as well as outlining the key challenges facing the industry.

“Representatives from the general aviation sector will be offered the opportunity to assist with this work.

“I will be requesting that the General Aviation Action Group, which was formerly a sub-group of the Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC), report directly to me in future,” Mr Chester said.

“The Action Group will also act as a reference group for the BITRE general aviation study.

“I am looking forward to seeing the results of this study as we work with industry and other key stakeholders on the common goal of a safe, growing and sustainable Australian general aviation industry,” Mr Chester said.

Terms of reference for the study are available online: https://infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/