Australia’s aviation industry is set to receive long term policy directions for growth and innovation, driven by the Albanese Government’s Aviation White Paper.
A safe, efficient, sustainable and competitive aviation sector is critical to the economy and the standard of living of all Australians.
Aviation connects Australians with the world and communities to each other. It brings essential imports to our country and connects high-value exports with markets overseas. It allows us to visit family and friends interstate and it provides a vital link to regions and remote Australia.
After the uncertainty of the pandemic, and a lack of planning for the future under the previous government, the Aviation White Paper will provide a new chance to chart the opportunities for the future.
The terms of reference outline several issues for the White Paper to examine, including:
- aviation’s role in economic development, trade and the visitor economy – general, domestic, regional and international aviation;
- the role of airlines and airports in supporting regional economies;
- appropriate consumer protections and access to services;
- how to maximise the aviation sector’s contribution to achieving net zero carbon emissions, including through sustainable aviation fuel and emerging technologies;
- how to support and regenerate Australia’s general aviation sector; and
- airport development planning processes and consultation mechanisms that consider the impact and changing nature of aircraft noise and related expectations on the role of noise sharing and noise mitigation.
Individuals and organisations are able to make a submission on any aspect of the terms of reference before 10 March 2023. Further public consultations will occur on the Green Paper, to be released later this year.
For the full terms of reference, further information on the Aviation White Paper, or to make a submission, visit: www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure-transport-vehicles/aviation/aviation-white-paper.