Aug 6, 2008

General Aviation: An Industry in Transition

General Aviation: An Industry in Transition


The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 6 2008

Today I’ve released a landmark report on the nation’s General Aviation industry – its current health and future challenges.

The report – written by the Strategic Industry Leaders Group – paints a picture of an industry in transition. While parts of the industry are growing and prospering, some smaller operators are struggling to remain viable.

The commercialisation of general aviation airports; skill shortages; a complex regulatory environment; and the ageing of the small aircraft fleet have all created a challenging operating environment.

The report clearly highlights some of the problems that have developed in the absence of a long term, coordinated strategic plan from the national government.

In part that’s why I recently announced the Government would develop Australia’s first-ever aviation White Paper to guide the industry’s growth over the next decade and beyond.

A major focus for the White Paper will be on ensuring a vibrant general aviation industry is able to prosper as the nurturing ground of future commercial pilots and aviation workers. It is being developed in close consultation with all sections of the Australian industry, including general aviation operators.

I would like to thank Dr Roland Williams and the Strategic Industry Leaders Group for their report. It will provide a valuable contribution to public debate and policy development.

The report is available at