General Aviation

General aviation commonly refers to that part of the aviation industry that engages in activity other than commercial air transport activity. This may include small charter operators, aeromedical operators, agricultural aviation businesses, aviation-based fire-fighting services, training and aerial work such as aerial photography and surveying. It also includes private, business, recreational and sports aviation activity.

General Aviation Study

In October 2016, the former Minister for Infrastructure and Transport commissioned a study into general aviation in Australia. The Study has outlined some of the key challenges facing general aviation and identified opportunities for the industry and Government to respond to these challenges. The Study was publicly released on 20 December 2017.

General Aviation Advisory Group

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport has formed a new General Aviation Advisory Group (GA Advisory Group) to provide advice directly to him on matters affecting the General Aviation (GA) sector.

The GA Advisory Group will operate as a forum where industry representatives can identify opportunities to work collaboratively to respond to pressures facing the GA sector. The Group will also act as a reference group for the major GA study, being conducted by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

The Terms of Reference and Operating Protocols for the Group can found here DOCX: 25 KB.

The twelve members of the Group have been selected based on their skills and expertise in the aviation industry, rather than their affiliation to a particular organisation. They come from a cross section of the diverse GA sector including training, manufacturing, maintenance, sport and recreation, rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft, aerial application, remotely piloted aircraft systems and medical operations.

A list of the GA Advisory Group members can be found here DOCX: 19 KB.

Meeting 1 - 14 March 2017

  • Chair’s letter to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport regarding the meeting outcomes PDF: 49 KB ReadSpeaker
  • The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport’s response PDF: 49 KB ReadSpeaker


Last Updated: 16 February, 2018