Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC) Communique—Meeting 3, 29 January 2016

The third meeting of the Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC) was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, on 29 January 2016 at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Sydney.

The AICC brings together senior industry participants from across the aviation industry including airlines, airports, general aviation, sport and recreational aviation, maintenance, and flight training sectors.

The meeting focussed on issues related to aviation skills and training and safety regulation.

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council presented its key issues paper, which is part of the aviation workforce skills study previously endorsed by members.

Members discussed outcomes of the recent meeting of the General Aviation Action Group which was set up as a sub group of the AICC. Issues raised by the Action Group included skills and training and reform of regulatory requirements applicable to general aviation and ageing aircraft.

The Deputy Prime Minister updated members on progress in implementing the Government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review Report.

The AICC was briefed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Director of Aviation Safety, Mark Skidmore and the Acting Chief Executive of Airservices Australia, Jason Harfield on the major priorities for those organisations this year and into the future.

Some other issues raised by members at the meeting included fatigue management, flight training, regulation of remotely piloted aircraft systems, CASA Board governance and legislative review.

In closing the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that he expected the AICC will meet again in mid-2016.

10 March 2016