Setting Australia's aviation industry on a course to recovery

The Australian Government has released an Aviation Recovery Framework, providing a platform to propel Australia’s aviation industry back to pre-pandemic heights and drive economic recovery into the future.

Australian Government has released the Aviation Recovery Framework, a strategy developed with industry, for industry, to help Australia’s aviation sector navigate its way back to a position of strength.

The Government responded to calls for support throughout the pandemic by committing over $5.3 billion in assistance to the aviation sector and are now going a step further, ensuring the sector has the right policy and regulatory settings for aviation to thrive again.

The Framework is underpinned by six strategic priorities. Existing support programs will be extended and new ones launched, including:

  • a $30 million rebate program to support general and recreational aviation operators to install critical safety-boosting technology in their aircraft, enhancing safety outcomes across the sector;
  • a further $4 million to extend the Women in Aviation Initiative, to fund initiatives aimed at increasing the number of females working in the sector;
  • applications opening for the $32.6 million Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships Program, which will accelerate the development of new aviation technology, such as drones;
  • extending the Regional Airline Network Support program until 31 March 2022;
  • up to $29 million in grants under a third round of the Regional Airports Program to improve safety and access at airports or aerodromes in regional Australia; and
  • a further $15 million in grants to upgrade remote and very remote aerodromes across Australia under the Remote Airstrip Upgrade program.

Where possible, the Government is also working to reduce red tape and costs for industry to drive the sector’s recovery and support a strong, competitive, safe and sustainable aviation sector into the future.

The Government will also commission a targeted review of the Civil Aviation Act to identify any appropriate amendments necessary to enhance productivity, innovation and competiveness in the aviation industry.

To support the implementation of the Framework, a new Strategic Aviation Advisory Forum will advise the Government on progress of the sector’s recovery, as well as issues affecting the industry moving forward.

Additionally, membership of the General Aviation Advisory Network has been renewed, which will engage aviation stakeholders to continue to advise the Government on matters impacting the sector, and assist in the development of relevant policy.

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