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Priority : Aviation reform through work on issues such as Civil Aviation Safety Authority reform and airspace reform

Aviation reform

The government announced its aviation reform programme in February 2002, comprising:

  • corporatisation of Airservices Australia
  • the future responsibility for aerodrome rescue and firefighting services (ARFFS) terminal navigation, and tower air traffic control (ATC) services
  • establishment of an air standards task force to complete the reform of the aviation regulations
  • a review of the structure and reporting arrangements for CASA
  • national airspace reform.

In response legislated safety standards have been established to govern the provision of aviation safety services such as ATC and ARFFS.

The department is also leading a cooperative approach between relevant departments to determine how Airservices Australia is to be corporatised, and the regulatory environment in which Airservices Australia will operate.

Airspace Authority

The minister has announced his intention to establish an Airspace Authority, becoming Australia's airspace approval and regulatory authority. The principal object of the Airspace Authority will be to take over regulatory functions from a corporatised Airservices Australia.

On 13 May 2002, the government agreed to the Aviation Reform Group's (ARG) recommendation that the National Airspace System (NAS) be the preferred model for airspace reform in Australia and that the ARG establish an Implementation Group to assist it in implementing NAS. The Implementation Group has successfully implemented Stage 1 and Stage 2A.

$2.1 million has been allocated to fund the implementation of NAS in a staged programme.

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