Work begins with GA Advisory Group

Media Release

DC053/2017

14 March 2017

  • The first meeting of the Group discussed a range of issues including skills and training, regulatory reform, and categorisation of aircraft operations.
  • The Group provided initial feedback on the General Aviation Study.

The new General Aviation Advisory Group has met for the first time, discussing a range of key issues including the classification of operations, levels of flying activity, skills and training, and regulatory reform.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester attended the meeting in Canberra and said direct engagement between the industry and the Government was key to achieving the common goal of a safe, growing and sustainable aviation industry.

"The General Aviation Advisory Group will ensure the industry has a voice at the heart of Government by providing advice directly to me on matters affecting the general aviation (GA) sector,” Mr Chester said.

He reiterated that the aviation sector should develop strategies to attract young people, including more women, into the industry.

The Group received a briefing from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) on the progress of the General Aviation Study and members provided initial comments to inform the study going forward.

The Group also agreed on its terms of reference and operating protocols.

“I look forward to working with the GA Advisory Group to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lay ahead for the sector in Australia,” Mr Chester said.

The next meeting of the Group is expected to be held before the BITRE finalises the GA study, which is scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2017.

More information on the GA study is available at: infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/general/index.aspx