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Last hurrah for Darren Chester

In what is the last hurrah for Darren Chester, there were a series of announcements as listed below.

1. Changes to #casa Board with a new member Jane McAloon and Anita Taylor reappointed.

2. Security in airports;

3. MH370 report release

There are around 40 odd press releases/ month and in 4-months only three on aviation. 3 of 160 releases. Tells you something of the importance and relevance of #aviation to Chester.

AND How does Darren Chester see it. Interview with Sky News.


Here it is a “real plane crash”

 Key Appointments to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Media Release


18 December 2017

  • Ms Jane McAloon appointed as new member to the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Ms Anita Taylor re-appointed to the Board
  • Appointments maintain safety and aviation industry experience on the CASA Board, whilst enhancing governance expertise

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced appointments to provide support and stability to the operations of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Mr Chester said the appointment of Ms Jane McAloon as a Board member will bring a wealth of relevant Board and governance experience to the role, including working in regulated industries in the public and private sector in transport and infrastructure.

Ms Anita Taylor’s re-appointment will retain general aviation industry and financial management experience on the Board including in her capacity as Chair of the Board Audit Committee.

“These appointments will support critical reforms underway at CASA, and completion of the remaining parts of CASA’s regulatory reform program,” Mr Chester said.

“A further Board member with aviation experience is also expected to be announced early in 2018.

“I would like to thank Mr Ian Smith AM and Mr Murray Warfield for their valuable contribution to the CASA Board over the past three years.

“I look forward to the Board continuing to set the strategic direction of CASA, while also working with the diverse aviation sector to maintain Australia’s strong safety record,” Mr Chester said.

More information about the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is available at www.casa.gov.au.

New measures further strengthen airport security

Media Release


22 October 2017

  •  Security at Australia’s major airports will be further strengthened.
  • Changes will make airside areas more secure by introducing security screening for airport workers, tighter access controls and additional security awareness training.

Australia’s world-leading aviation security system will be further strengthened with new regulations to mitigate the insider threat and keep Australians safe.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 will tighten security at Australia’s major airports.

“Airport workers, together with their vehicles and belongings, will be randomly selected for explosive trace detection testing and other screening when entering or working in secure airside areas at major airports,” Mr Chester said.

“Other measures being introduced include stronger access controls and additional security awareness training for aviation workers.

“These measures strengthen existing controls to ensure airport workers are authorised, properly identified and appropriately trained before entering secure airside areas. They may also be subject to security screening in the course of their duties.

“The measures will be progressively implemented and will provide flexibility for airports to ensure they continue to function efficiently and effectively.

“The Australian Government continues to counter security threats and is committed to providing the Australian public with safe and secure air travel,” Mr Chester said.

MH370 final reports released

Media Release


03 October 2017

  • Two reports relating to the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 released
  • Reports are a strong reflection of the efforts by many to find the aircraft

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today welcomed the release of two final reports related to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s final report on the Australian-led search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the CSIRO’s final MH370 research report reflect the extraordinary work that was undertaken, both in identifying the search area and in conducting the search.

Mr Chester said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s report represents the detailed analysis of the search areas by Australian experts and experts from around the globe.

“The CSIRO report is a detailed analysis of the initial surface search for aircraft debris in key areas in March and April of 2014,” Mr Chester said.

“These reports are the culmination of more than three years of study and it speaks to the very best of what our global community will do when faced with a challenge that touches us all.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the families of those on board the missing aircraft,” Mr Chester said.

The reports are available online:

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