Government Releases Aviation Safety Regulation Review

Media Release

WT077/2014

03 June 2014

A panel of leading independent aviation experts has completed a comprehensive review into Australia's aviation safety regulation, and presented its report to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.

The Aviation Safety Regulation Report was handed to Mr Truss by panel chair David Forsyth AM on Friday.

The Review was commissioned by Mr Truss in November 2013 following a Coalition commitment during the 2013 federal election.

“Aviation services are an essential part of Australia's economy so it is vital we foster an aviation industry that is dynamic and growing, overseen by a regulatory system that delivers the highest level of safety,” Mr Truss said.

“Australia has an internationally renowned and enviable aviation safety record. To keep it that way it is important and appropriate to rigorously assess our aviation safety regulatory system to ensure continued excellence.”

Mr Truss said the independent review verified Australia's status as a leader in aviation safety, backed by an advanced aviation regulatory system, but it also identified opportunities for system improvements to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of aviation standards.

“The role of the regulator is pivotal in our safety system, and many of the recommendations in the report relate to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority,” Mr Truss said.

“The recommendations span issues including the relationship between the regulator and operators, a more collaborative approach to regulatory oversight and the role of the CASA board.

“The report highlights opportunities to improve regulatory reform and to provide greater clarity around aviation safety regulations by moving from a two- to a three-tiered regulatory approach. It also makes recommendations on the sharing of safety data and strategic planning through the State Safety Program.

“I thank the Review Panel for their comprehensive work and detailed consideration of the issues; I also thank industry and the public for their contribution to the review.”

The Australian Government will now consider the report in detail.

The full report is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/asrr/index.aspx. Some 269 submissions were made to the review and arrangements are being made for publication of submissions, subject to confidentiality provisions and legal requirements.

Comments on the Report and its recommendations can be sent to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development by 30 June 2014.