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Senate inquiry into General Aviation – GA

Inquiry announced into General Aviation [#GA]

Many in the #aviation industry believe that #aviation is in a terminal state, the image below demonstrating the state of the nation.

Others have a more opportunistic view, but fully believe that #aviation, with the correct intervention can survive and thrive.

There are numerous things that must be changed to ensure the healthy survival of #GA, given it’s importance to the Australian economy and to Remote and Rural Australia.

The proposed restructure that came with the #ASRR report of David Forsyth [2013] of #casa became derailed after a very short time.

Most have the view that the derailing of the reforms that the #ASRR report proposed, was negatively driven and was purposeful by the regulator, #casa.

The Colmar-Brunton report, launched by #casa showed the depth of despair of the #aviation industry in 2015. Even the #casa Board has failed to properly drive the regulator in a direction that matches the #aviation community expectations.

In fact, two years after the #ASRR, there was little progress to implement the recommendations.

Even the [now] Leader of the Opposition, Anthony Albanese did not get the importance of #aviation in his 2015 address.

Senate Estimates:

A casual viewer of the Senate estimates would come to the conclusion that there was something wrong in the process. The brush-offs of senators answers, the uncovered lies and the “…spin-doctored…” replies to Questions on Notice [QON], the lateness of the replies and so on.

The proposed Inquiry, announced yesterday [2nd December 2019], is, what may be the last chance the #aviation industry get to rectify the industry.

There must be major changes to how the regulator relates to Government and the Industry.


Australia’s general aviation industry

Status: Accepting Submissions
Date Referred: 02 December 2019
Reporting Date: 30 November 2021

Under Standing Order 25 (2) (a), the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee will inquire into and report on the current state of Australia’s general aviation industry, with particular reference to aviation in rural, regional and remote Australia.

The committee will consider the operation and effectiveness of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and other relevant aviation agencies, with particular reference to:

  1. the legislative and regulatory framework underpinning CASA’s aviation safety management functions, including:
    1. the application of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 to Australia’s aviation sector, and whether the legislation is fit for purpose;
    2. the safety and economic impacts, and relative risks, of CASA’s aviation safety frameworks; and
    3. the engagement of CASA with other relevant Australian Government agencies;
  2. the immediate and long-term social and economic impacts of CASA decisions on small businesses, agricultural operations and individuals across regional, rural and remote Australia;
  3. CASA’s processes and functions, including:
    1. its maintenance of an efficient and sustainable Australian aviation industry, including viable general aviation and training sectors;
    2. the efficacy of its engagement with the aviation sector, including via public consultation; and
    3. its ability to broaden accessibility to regional aviation across Australia, considering the associated benefits of an expanded aviation sector; and
  4. any related matters.

The committee will present its interim report on or before the final sitting day of December 2020, and will present its final report on or before the final sitting day of November 2021.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811

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