Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2015

Under Section 8 of the Airspace Act 2007 the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development is responsible for making the Australian Airspace Policy Statement (AAPS).

The AAPS provides guidance to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on the administration of Australian airspace noting the functions of and exercise of powers by CASA are set out in the Airspace Act 2007 (the Act) and the Airspace Regulations 2007.

The current AAPS came into effect on 13 July 2015, and is available from the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) website and is also available below.

The main changes from the previous AAPS are the two major amendments proposed to the AAPS are covered in sections 34 to 41 of the draft AAPS attached which are as follows:

  1. inclusion of Australia's commitment to the key policy principles identified in the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); and
  2. ensuring appropriate airspace classifications and air traffic services for regional aerodromes served by passenger transport which are based on the outcome of risk assessments.

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Last Updated: 14 July, 2015