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

Response to Airline Accident Investigations Report

Media Release

WT042/2014

20 March 2014

Today Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced the Australian Government's response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee's Report into Aviation Accident Investigations.

Mr Truss welcomed the Committee's report as an important contribution to further improving Australia's aviation safety framework and commended the Committee on its careful deliberations.

“The Government has agreed to 20 of the 26 recommendations in the report, with a further four of the recommendations being matters for consideration by the independent safety agencies concerned,” Mr Truss said.

“Key recommendations that the Government has agreed to include improvements to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's (ATSB) investigative and reporting policies and procedures, and the establishment of better and more transparent information sharing and governance arrangements between the ATSB and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

“A number of initiatives have already been implemented to address many of the recommendations in the report.

“In November last year we established an independent Aviation Safety Regulation Review, which is expected to bring forward a number of options for the Government's consideration on further improvements to Australia's aviation safety regulation framework.

“The Review, being undertaken by a panel of leading international aviation safety experts, is also examining options for reducing the cost of regulation on industry.”

The Aviation Safety Regulation Review Panel is expected to deliver its report to the Government by the end of May 2014.

Mr Truss said since receiving the Senate Committee's report, an independent peer review of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had also commenced which is examining the Bureau's methodologies and processes, concerns about which were raised in the Committee's report.

The peer review of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is being carried out by the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, which is also expected to finalise its report in May 2014.

Mr Truss added that the government has also recently introduced legislative amendments to strengthen the CASA Board by providing for an additional two members.

“These amendments will allow the Government to increase the level of aviation experience on the Board and allow an expanded Board to oversee CASA's new strategic direction, which the Government will issue to CASA after it has considered the Aviation Safety Regulation Review Panel's report,” he said.

A copy of the Australian Government's full response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee's Report into Aviation Accident Investigations is available online at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/safety