Modernising Airspace Protection—Public Consultation Paper

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in consultation with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia (Airservices) and the Department of Defence (Defence), has developed three proposals to modernise airspace protection in Australia:

  • Proposal 1 modernises the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996 applicable to leased Federal airports, and repeals legacy regulations applicable to some leased Federal airports under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (CA Act) to avoid regulatory overlap.
  • Proposal 2 suggests a regulatory framework for the protection of the national communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) network under the CA Act to improve protection from incompatible off-airport developments which can hinder the safe operation of CNS facilities.
  • Proposal 3 considers options to better mitigate the hazards to aircraft flying beyond aerodromes.

The Department invites aviation industry and public comments on the consultation paper by close of business Tuesday, 28 February 2017.


Submissions on the consultation paper should be made using this form. Items marked with an asterisk are mandatory fields.



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Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Release of the public consultation paper Modernising Airspace Protection for public and industry comment.

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for the purpose of preparing advice to the Australian Government on modernising airspace protection, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

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