New Aviation Industry Consultative Council takes flight

Media Release


10 December 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has established the Aviation Industry Consultative Council—providing the aviation sector with a direct voice to the Minister and the Australian Government.

Chairing the first meeting in Canberra today, Mr Truss said the Council is dedicated to aviation matters and will be a valuable forum for discussion between the industry and Government.

“Aviation is central to the Australian economy—from domestic and international tourism, to business and work-related travel, family reunions and medical emergencies; so the Australian Government is committed to ensuring aviation's many voices are heard,” Mr Truss said.

“Our government has already initiated and responded to the landmark Aviation Safety Regulation Review, we have reformed the Qantas Sale Act, abolished the carbon tax on aviation fuel, revived the Enroute Charges Payment Scheme and ended half-a-century of dithering by locking-in Badgerys Creek as the site for a dedicated Western Sydney airport.

“But there is more to do in this ‘aero-space’ and we welcome ideas and insights from industry. The Council will act as an advisory body tackling high level strategic issues, but it is not a decision-making entity.

“The Council is made up of 18 members from across the aviation sector (see ‘Attachment A’ below), providing a broad range of perspectives, including representatives from airlines, airports, manufacturing, maintenance and flight training sectors.”

At today's inaugural Council meeting, members highlighted issues of concern to the industry, notably opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens, challenges in regional aviation, the need to revitalise the General Aviation Industry Action Agenda, aviation workforce skills and implementation of the Government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review Report.

These will be considered further as part of the future work program for the Council.

Mr Truss also introduced the newly appointed Director of Aviation Safety, Air Vice-Marshal (Ret'd) Mark Skidmore AM, to the Council. The Council will meet twice a year, or as required, and will complement other industry forums, not compete with them.

“I am pleased to be Chairing this new Aviation Industry Consultative Council and working side-by-side with industry to build a better future for Australian aviation,” Mr Truss said.

Attachment A

Aviation Industry Consultative Council membership

Name Position Organisation
Mr Stephen Goodwin* National Chairman Australian Airports Association
Mr Jim Davis Chairman Regional Aviation Association of Australia
Mr Martin Laverty CEO Royal Flying Doctor Service
Mr Alan Joyce* CEO Qantas
Mr Michael Monck President Recreational Aircraft Australia
Mr John Borghetti* CEO Virgin Australia
Mr David Boundy Chairman Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia
Mr Mike Close President Air Sport Australia Confederation
Mr Barry Abrams Executive Director Board of Airline Representatives of Australia
Mr Ken Cannane Executive Director Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association
Mr Philip Reiss Director Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia
Mr Peter Pallot CEO Sunshine Coast Airport
Mr John Patterson Executive Director Australian Mayoral Aviation Council
Mr Tony Brand Director Horsham Aviation Services
Mr Pine Pienaar CEO Flight Training Adelaide
Mr Allan Brooks* President Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Australia
Ms Marj Davis OAM* Immediate Past Pres. Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia
Mr Darryl Taylor* Managing Director Tasmanian Helicopters

* Not present at the first meeting. Mr Joyce, Mr Borghetti and Mr Goodwin nominated alternative representatives who took part in the meeting.