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Australian Airspace Policy Statement

Under Section 8 of the Airspace Act 2007 (the Act) the Minister must make the Australian Airspace Policy Statement (AAPS).

The AAPS provides guidance to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) on the administration of Australian airspace noting the functions of and exercise of powers by CASA are set out in the Act and the Airspace Regulations 2007.

As per the Act, the AAPS must be reviewed every three years. The current AAPS came into effect on 5 October 2018 and is now due for review.

The Government has prepared a revised draft AAPS which is now available for public comment.

National Strategic Airspace: National Aviation Policy Issues Paper

To complement the AAPS, the Department has prepared the National Strategic Airspace: National Aviation Policy Issues Paper (Issues Paper) which considers airspace policy more broadly including a national approach for airspace classification.

It also examines the current suitability of Australian airspace administration in light of advancing airspace technologies, and emerging users such as remotely piloted aircraft, advanced air mobility and high-altitude operations.

The Issues Paper is a starting point for discussion on the future of Australian airspace, and will inform development of Australia’s Future Airspace Framework to be developed and implemented by CASA.

The Department is accepting submissions on the AAPS and the Issues Paper up to Friday, 16 July 2021.

Submissions can be sent to AirspacePolicy@infrastructure.gov.au.

The Department welcomes feedback on how we can improve consultation on airspace matters. Please send any feedback to AirspacePolicy@infrastructure.gov.au.

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Last Updated: 27 May, 2021