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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

General aviation policy and regulatory action

Media Release


07 July 2018

Australia’s general aviation (GA) sector will benefit from a number of significant policy and regulatory actions being taken by the Liberal and Nationals’ Government and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said reforms continue to be made to key areas of safety regulation by which will benefit GA in Australia.

These reforms include fundamental improvements to the aviation medical system for pilots and work to streamline maintenance regulations.

“CASA has introduced the new Basic Class 2 medical, which makes the process of getting a medical certificate much easier for many private pilots. The new medical assessment is based on the Ausroads commercial driver’s licence standard and can be conducted by a pilot’s local GP.

“This change builds on aviation medical reforms earlier this year which included making a Class 2 medical certificate available for pilots operating non-commercial flights in smaller aircraft and enabling Designated Aviation Medical examiners to issue Class 2 medical certificates on the spot, streamlining the processing of medical certificate applications.”

Mr McCormack also announced CASA has started work on the development of new GA maintenance regulations with the stated objective of minimising regulatory burden and reducing costs.

CASA CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody said there will be a new set of maintenance regulations tailored specifically for GA, based as far as possible on the best practices in leading aviation nations such as the United States.

“CASA is also working on improvements to the regulations covering maintenance personnel licencing and aircraft design and manufacturing,” Mr Carmody said.

“I am very pleased CASA will be drafting these new regulations with comprehensive guidance material in plain English to support them.”

Mr McCormack said these initiatives also follow on from the release of the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics GA Study, commissioned by the Government to assist with better understanding of, and response to, the challenges and opportunities faced by the GA sector.

“In May this year I was pleased to attend the industry-led GA Advisory Group meeting, where the Group finalised its own GA work plan to help ensure the sector’s future,” Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack also highlighted aviation training and the availability and retention of aviation professionals are key issues currently impacting the sustainability and expansion of Australia’s aviation industry including general aviation.

An industry-led review of aviation skills and training has been conducted by Mr Greg Russell, Chair of the Australian Aviation Associations Forum, and will make recommendations for industry and Government consideration later this month.

Mr McCormack further said the Government is aware the flight crew licencing suit of regulations has created a number of challenges for the flight training sector and welcomes submissions to the GA Advisory Group which will focus on specific aspects of these regulations to ascertain if improvements may be achieved.

“I will continue to listen and consider carefully the issues being raised by people in the GA sector and the Government and portfolio aviation agencies will respond appropriately.

“We will deliver meaningful reforms for the benefit of general aviation while maintaining the high aviation safety standards demanded by all Australians.”