Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development


International and domestic aviation connects Australians with each other and with the rest of the world. It is also central to the Australian economy.

The Australian Government, through the Department, contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by fostering a viable, competitive and safe aviation industry.

The Department advises the Government on the policy and regulatory framework for Australian airports and the aviation industry, manages the administration of the Government's interests in privatised airports under the Airports Act 1996, and provides policy advice to the Minister on the efficient management of Australian airspace and on aircraft noise and emissions.

  • On 3 December 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, released the Government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.

  • This section provides general information pertinent to the operation of the leased federal airports.

  • Legislation administered by the Department, which impacts upon the aviation industry.

  • Information on enhanced security measures to limit the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels that can be taken through the screening point for people who are flying to and from Australia.

  • Information about schemes that apply to cargo to be carried on an aircraft from anywhere in Australia.

  • This section provides information on the National Airspace Policy Statement, the National Airspace System (NAS), the Airspace Policy Act 2007 and other related documents.

  • The Department is seeking comments on the draft Australian Airspace Policy Statement by Friday 4 May 2012

  • Information on the Government's policies relating to international aviation.

  • This section contains information on the environmental issues that relate to the aviation industry and the government's response to those issues.

  • Information about aviation safety, accident investigation and aviation safety programs.

  • Information about aviation security and the requirements of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and Aviation Security Regulations 2005 which came into force in March 2005.

  • General aviation commonly refers to that part of the aviation industry that engages in activity other than scheduled commercial airline activity.

  • Australians living in remote and isolated areas rely on a weekly air service for the carriage of passengers and goods, including medicines, fresh food and educational materials. Australia Post uses some of the same air operators to deliver mail under separate contracts.

  • This section contains information on the Remote Air Service Subsidy (RASS) Scheme, the Adelaide and Sydney Airport Noise Insulation Programs, the Enroute Charges Subsidy Scheme and the Remote Aerodromes Safety Program.

  • The Australian Government recognises the difficulties sometimes experienced by people with disabilities in accessing air travel.

  • The Government has released ATM Policy Directions to help guide government agencies and industry in future ATM planning and investment.

  • Infrastructure portfolio agencies completed a Review in May 2011 of Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) capability and other options, for completing Approach with Vertical Guidance (APV) coverage in Australia.

  • Information on how the Department is adopting best practice regulation standards in Aviation deregulation.

  • List of the Department's aviation related publications.


Last Updated: 5 January, 2015