Jul 18, 2008

Strong Interest in the Future of the Aviation Industry

Strong Interest in the Future of the Aviation Industry

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 18 2008

More than 250 organisations, government agencies and individuals have answered the call, submitting their proposals for securing the future of the Australian aviation industry.

The large number of responses to the Issues Paper – released by the Government in April – reflects the community’s keen interest in having their say on the immediate and longer term challenges facing Australia’s aviation industry.

They provide a valuable collection of views and ideas that will contribute to the formulation of a ‘Green Paper’ which will be released for community and industry input in September.

Ultimately, by the middle of next year this two-stage, consultative process will have led to the nation’s first ever aviation White Paper – a document that will guide the industry’s growth over the coming decades.

I am greatly encouraged by the constructive contribution all sections of the industry and the broader community have made to this important policy development process and the quality of the submissions received.

Amongst all the submissions there is a widespread acknowledgement that if Australia is to continue benefiting from the economic and social advantages of air travel then we need to start planning now – the previous short term, ad-hoc, problem by problem approach is longer tenable.

The submissions cover a wide issues including: airport regulations; noise; safety; security; international and domestic air services policies; skill shortages; and environmental.

More than ever, the aviation industry underpins domestic economic growth and provides an essential gateway to the global economy. At present, it directly supports nearly 50,000 jobs and contributes $6.8 billion to Australia’s GDP.

Submissions can be downloaded from: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/nap/index.aspx