Leadership key to aviation safety reforms

Media Release

WT402/2015

02 December 2015

A year on from the Aviation Safety Regulation Review, the Australian Government has acted to implement the report's recommendations—improving aviation safety regulations with government agencies and industry working together to drive reform in key areas.

The Review, which was led by former Chair of Airservices Australia Mr David Forsyth along with a panel of independent international aviation experts, examined Australia's aviation safety regulatory system to identify a range of potential improvements.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said several reforms to Australia's world-leading aviation system are already in place as part of the Government's response to the report, with major work continuing at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

“Earlier this year I issued Australia's three key aviation agencies—CASA, Airservices and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) with new Statements of Expectations,” Mr Truss said.

“A new board at CASA has been appointed, led by Mr Jeff Boyd as Chair, while Air Vice Marshal (Retired) Mark Skidmore AM has taken on the role of Director of Aviation Safety.

“This leadership team will be critical in the successful implementation of a range of initiatives, including CASA's new Regulatory Philosophy and implementing and where necessary reviewing aviation safety regulations to reduce costs to industry without impacting on safety.

“I have also appointed an additional commissioner, Mr Chris Manning, to the ATSB to enhance the Bureau's aviation experience.

“Policy initiatives include the release this month of an updated State Safety Programme, a policy paper on the proposed use of Baro-VNAV approaches with vertical guidance procedures at over 100 Australian airports and a regulatory policy review paper on aviation rescue and firefighting services for public and industry comment.”

Mr Truss said that stakeholder engagement remains a critical part of reform success.

“The changes recommended in the Review are necessary, but they are changes that require commitment from the whole range of industry people and organisations,” Mr Truss said.

“Industry has a significant role to play in working with CASA and other agencies to ensure we have the best aviation safety system possible.

“It is important we remain agile and adaptable in a rapidly changing domestic and international aviation market, and our aviation safety system is an integral part of meeting this challenge.”

A copy of the Deputy Prime Minister's Progress with implementing the Australian Government's Response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review Report Ministerial Statement, tabled in Parliament today, will be available online at: https://infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/asrr/index.aspx