Release of Draft 2018 Australian Airspace Policy Statement

Under Section 8 of the Airspace Act 2007 the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport must make 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 airspace regulatory and administrative powers set out in the Airspace Act 2007 (the Act) and the Airspace Regulations 2007.

The current Australian Airspace Policy Statement commenced on 13 July 2015. Under Section 10 of the Act the Minister must review the AAPS at least every three years.

The department in consultation with other Government aviation agencies, has developed a draft 2018 AAPS to replace the current AAPS.

Submissions on the draft statement have now closed.

Comments on the draft may be sent by email to or by post to:

AAPS Consultation
Attention: Mr Jim Wolfe
General Manager, Air Traffic Policy
Aviation and Airports Division
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
PO Box 594

Phone (02) 6274 7611

Following consideration of comments received, a final AAPS will be prepared for the Minister’s consideration. The new AAPS would then be made available on this web page and the Federal Register of Legislation website.

Privacy Notice

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the department for the purpose of reviewing and providing comment on the draft Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2018, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) and as authorised under section 9 of the Airspace Act 2007.

The department will use this information for providing advice to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and settling the Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2018.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the department. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the consultation process. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The department’s privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.