Australia's State Aviation Safety Programme

5. Challenges, priorities and objectives

5.2 Global priorities

The ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan sets out three global aviation safety priorities:

  • improving runway safety performance;
  • reducing Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) accidents; and
  • reducing the number of loss of control in-flight accidents and incidents.

All of these priorities are relevant to Australian aviation even with Australia's excellent high-capacity regular public transport safety record and advanced regulatory system.

Australia has a very low rate of occurrence of these events over the past decade.

Nevertheless, Australia has and will continue to take a number of measures to specifically address these three global safety priorities including:

  • increased surveillance and navigation capability through the wider application of ADS-B and GNSS;
  • the establishment of Local Runway Safety Groups and the Advisory Group on Runway Safety;
  • the introduction of Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS) at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports;
  • the implementation of runway stop-bars at Sydney and Melbourne airports;
  • the publication of various training and education materials highlighting the risks from these types of incidents and risk management measures; and
  • conducting industry workshops on relevant matters such as Human Factors and the Automated Flight Deck.

Australia is committed to implementing safety measures that support a seamless aviation system in the region and a harmonised global system. At the same time, we will ensure that each initiative is implemented in a way that is appropriate to the Australian aviation context.

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Last Updated: 10 May, 2016