Australia's State Aviation Safety Programme
Australia was one of the first countries in the world to have a State Safety Programme (SSP) consistent with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements.
The SSP is a key means of demonstrating how each ICAO Contracting State intends to achieve an acceptable level of safety performance in civil aviation in its own State. The SSP is in essence the safety management system (SMS) for the State.
The detailed requirements for SSPs are set out in Annex 19 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). Australia's SSP sets out the specific safety activities which we will continue to perform to meet the ICAO State responsibilities concerning the safe and efficient performance of aviation activities in Australia.
Australia has in place a monitoring and governance framework within which the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the Australian aviation safety regulator, has a Regulatory Safety Management Program (RSMP) and the Australian air traffic service providers establish and maintain their own SMS.
The SSP outlines the challenges to Australia's aviation safety system and short, medium and long term future objectives to respond to these challenges and maintain Australia's internationally recognised safety system. The SSP also includes a State Safety Policy Statement (Appendix A).
Implementation of the SSP will be monitored by the Aviation Policy Group (APG) which brings together the agency heads of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department), CASA, Airservices Australia (Airservices) and the Chief of Air Force on behalf of the Department of Defence (Defence). APG is chaired by the Secretary of the Department, which is the Department of State for aviation in Australia.
This SSP will be reviewed and updated every three years, under the leadership of the APG, and in consultation with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), other relevant Government agencies, industry and community stakeholders.
The SSP is supported by the establishment of an Australian Air Traffic Management (ATM) Plan. This plan sets out Australia's key objectives in ATM and the key policy, regulatory, service delivery and investment initiatives to achieve these objectives in the short, medium and long term, acknowledging that emerging issues, technological change and competing priorities may all impact on these objectives over time.
As well as addressing the ICAO SSP framework, the SSP provides an overview of Australia's commitment to a nationally harmonised civil-military air traffic management system.
Although the Chicago Convention is only applicable to civil aircraft, the SSP sets out the important role played by Defence in Australia's aviation safety system as a provider and user of the ATM systems.
Finally, the SSP is consistent with the key policy principles outlined in ICAO's Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP).