Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC) Communique—Meeting 2, 20 May 2015

The second meeting of the Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC) was chaired by the Deputy

Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, on 20 May 2015 at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney. The AICC brought together senior industry participants from across the aviation industry including airlines and airports, general aviation and sport and recreational aviation, and the manufacturing, maintenance, and flight training sectors.

In response to high‐level issues highlighted by council members at the first AICC meeting, discussions covered a range of topics including:

  • the progress in implementation of the recommendations in the Aviation Safety Reregulation Review (ASRR);
  • the Government's deregulation agenda;
  • the General Aviation Industry Action Agenda and aviation workforce skills; and
  • aviation security priorities for industry.

AICC members also raised a number of issues for discussion, including:

  • the cost of implementation and concerns with the interpretation of CASA regulations;
  • incomplete implementation of the ASRR recommendations;
  • the cost of aviation training, ensuring training programs meet industry needs and align with ICAO international training standards and CASA requirements;
  • increased scrutiny for aviation security processes and certification for small operators and
  • recreational aviation; and
  • airspace protection and the need for better coordination across the Commonwealth, States and local government.

There was broad consensus among members that current training programs and regulation surrounding training requirements could be better aligned with the needs of industry. To address this, the AICC agreed to initiate a study on aviation workforce skills to explore opportunities to better to inform future skills development and training policies. The proposed Terms of Reference for the skills study were endorsed by AICC members, which will form the basis of the work.

The AICC also decided to establish a General Aviation Industry Action Group as a sub‐group of the AICC, consisting of interested AICC members and selected external experts. The aim of the group is to examine strategies to revitalise the general aviation industry. The group will develop a plan of action for consideration at the next AICC meeting.

The AICC will meet again in late‐2015, to consider progress made on key outcomes such as the plan of action for the General Aviation Industry Action Group, progress of the aviation workforce skills study and the implementation of the Government response to the ASRR.

20 May 2015