Appointments to the Board of Airservices Australia

Media Release

WT248/2015

13 August 2015

The Australian Government has made three appointments to the Board of Airservices Australia, strengthening its legal and financial expertise and ensuring the Board is well placed to oversee the finalisation and delivery of its significant capital expenditure programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today said Mr John McGee has been appointed to the Board for the next three years.

“Mr McGee's financial, legal and governance experience makes him well suited to serve on the Board as it continues to invest in critical aviation safety infrastructure and services,” Mr Truss said.

Mr Truss said the reappointment of Ms Samantha Betzien and Ms Annette Kimmitt for two years will give continuity to the organisation.

“Ms Betzien and Ms Kimmitt's respective legal and financial experience will help the Board as it brings Airservices' national civil-military air traffic management system and harmonisation project, OneSKY, to fruition,” Mr Truss said.

“Airservices has outlined an extensive capital expenditure programme of more than $1 billion over the next five years, providing critical air traffic infrastructure and technology to enhance the safety, efficiency and capacity of the Australian air traffic network.

“These appointments will help ensure the Board continues to have the right mix of skills to effectively oversee Airservices delivery of this major investment programme.”

Airservices Australia is a government statutory authority which manages 11 per cent of the world's airspace, through which more than four million flights occur each year.

As well as providing air traffic control services, Airservices also delivers aviation rescue and firefighting services at Australia's major passenger airports.

More information about Airservices Australia is available at: www.airservicesaustralia.com