A National Aviation Policy Statement—the Aviation White Paper
On 16 December 2009 the Australian Government released the National Aviation Policy White Paper. This represents the first ever comprehensive aviation policy statement issued by an Australian government, bringing together all strands of aviation policy into a single, forward-looking document providing planning, regulatory and investment certainty for the aviation industry out to 2020 and beyond.
The White Paper sets out the Government’s commitment to a continuation of Australia’s excellent aviation safety record and to strengthen aviation security systems, while providing a policy framework for the development of the aviation industry at all levels—international, domestic, regional and general aviation—including through skills and productivity improvements. It sets out initiatives to ensure better planning and integrated development on and around airports and to lessen the adverse effects of aviation activity on the environment and communities.
Aviation White Paper—Flight Path to the Future—December 2009
The White Paper is also made available by individual chapter as PDF and word document here.
Development of the White Paper
The Government has ensured a thorough process of consultation in developing the White Paper. The process consisted of a series of steps starting with the development and release of the Issues Paper.
The Issues Paper released in April 2008 initiated discussion on key areas for consideration in a long-term aviation policy statement. Nearly 300 public submissions responded to the issues paper and informed the Green Paper.
The Aviation Green Paper was the second of three steps. The Green Paper, released in December 2008, contained the Governments proposed policy settings and directions across all aspects of the industry. A further 236 submissions commenting on these proposed approaches were received and considered by the Government in its development of the White Paper.
The process was completed with the launch of the White Paper on 16 December 2009.
To request further information or a hardcopy of the Aviation White Paper please visit the Publication Information Request page.