General aviation priorities under review – November 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Industry Policy, Infrastructure,

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has announced a major study to identify priorities for General Aviation (GA) in the future.

“I am keen to remove barriers to growth in this vital part of the aviation industry including reducing costs and regulatory burden,” Mr Chester said.

“General aviation has a rich history in Australia and I'm confident it can have a prosperous future. This study will help get the public policy right to support growth in the sector.

“The study, to be conducted by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), forms an important part of the Government's response to proposals from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and The Australian Aviation Associations Forum.

“As part of the response, I can confirm that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be undertaking a review of the private pilot medical requirements—an area that I know has been a key issue for the GA sector.

“The BITRE study will cover a range of issues, including assessing the key drivers and influences on the sector.

“That means identifying trends, what the economic, demographic and regulatory factors behind these trends are, as well as outlining the key challenges facing the industry.

“Representatives from the general aviation sector will be offered the opportunity to assist with this work.

“I will be requesting that the General Aviation Action Group, which was formerly a sub-group of the Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC), report directly to me in future,” Mr Chester said.

“The Action Group will also act as a reference group for the BITRE general aviation study.

Terms of reference for the study are available online at

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