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 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

Australia sponsors improvements to global aviation search and rescue

Media Release


31 October 2014

An Australian Government appointed aviation search and rescue expert has been appointed to the global aviation safety body, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to contribute to improving standards and recommended practices in search and rescue.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Australia's expertise in both aviation and maritime search and rescue is unsurpassed in the world.

“Our national expertise and recent experience with the MH370 search gives us unique insights into the challenges of complex search and rescue operations,” Mr Truss said.

Mr Truss said an ICAO Working Group established in response to the disappearance of MH370 earlier this year recognised areas where improvements could be made to better integrate search and rescue into air navigation and distress alerting systems.

“The expertise of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will be used to assist ICAO with improvements to search and rescue system capability and coordination globally,” he said.

“AMSA will provide an aeronautical search and rescue expert to help ICAO improve the effectiveness of search and rescue activities across national and regional boundaries.

“AMSA will share its expertise and experience to identify and implement improvements in air navigation services, in particular between stakeholders involved in search and rescue coordination.”

The Australian Government remains fully committed to the search for MH370, and remains cautiously optimistic that the aircraft will be located despite the challenges of the search task.