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 public and industry consultation period on the paper has now closed and comments received are currently being reviewed by the Department.