Jun 26, 2008

Report of the Aviation Regulation Review Taskforce

Report of the Aviation Regulation Review Taskforce


The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 26 2008

Today I have released the Report of the Aviation Regulation Review Taskforce.

The Taskforce was established by the previous government in response to concern by some aviation industry participants that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulatory reform program was not achieving the desired objective of lower cost, less prescriptive and more effective regulation.

I extend the Government’s thanks to the Taskforce chair, Dr Allan Hawke, and Taskforce members Mr Bruce Byron, Mr Jeff Boyd, Mr Rob Graham, Mr David Cox and Mr Dick Smith.

The Taskforce has made recommendations to the new Government on the way forward. I accept the broad thrust of the recommendations and believe the Taskforce’s Report will make a practical contribution to improving aviation safety.

In April, I announced the Government would deliver Australia’s first National Aviation Policy Statement, or White Paper, to chart the future of aviation policy in this country.

This Report will be taken into account in the development of a ‘Green Paper’, to be released in the second half of 2008.

Aviation industry participants will have an ongoing opportunity to comment on regulatory issues as the National Aviation Policy Statement is developed.

I also expect the current Senate inquiry into CASA’s governance will find the Report useful in its deliberations.

The Report is available on the CASA website: http://casa.gov.au/arrt.

Information about the development of Australia’s National Aviation Policy Statement can be found at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/nap/index.aspx.