Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Australia Extends Transport Safety Assistance to Indonesia

Media Release

WT104/2014

03 July 2014

Joint release with:

Julie Bishop

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Australia will continue to support safer maritime and aviation transport in Indonesia with the Australian Government committing $4.6 million to extend the Indonesia Transport Safety Assistance Package for 2014–15.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding formed part of Australia's aid program to Indonesia and built on the $43 million allocated to the Indonesia Transport Safety Assistance Package since 2007.

“Indonesia and Australia have worked closely to strengthen transport safety in the region through the training of transport safety inspectors and accident investigators, and undertaking joint search and rescue exercises,” Mr Truss said.

“The Indonesia Transport Safety Assistance Package successfully contributes to transport safety in Indonesia, particularly by assisting Indonesia to comply with international standards. This improves the safety of the millions of Australians who transit our neighbours’ transport zones annually, as well as the millions of visitors to and from Australia.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop welcomed Australia and Indonesia's strengthened transport cooperation as part of a comprehensive bilateral relationship involving about 60 different areas and 20 Australian agencies.

“In addition to improved safety, efficient transport systems also facilitate trade, tourism, and economic development,” Ms Bishop said.

“They are crucial to reducing poverty by decreasing deaths and injuries, encouraging investment and providing the means for services to reach citizens, for goods to reach markets and for people to connect. It is a good fit within the Government's new aid paradigm to encourage greater economic development.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will administer the Indonesia Transport Safety Assistance Package.

Transport safety assistance will be delivered by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Airservices Australia.