Australia’s aviation State Safety Programme and National Aviation Safety Plan

We’re seeking your feedback on proposed updates to both the State Safety Programme (SSP) and the National Aviation Safety Plan (NASP). These documents outline Australia’s aviation safety oversight systems and enhancement activities. 

Why we want your input

Your feedback will help ensure the updated SSP and NASP accurately reflects the current state and future needs of the aviation safety environment in Australia.

How you can voice your opinion

Stakeholders and interested individuals are welcome to provide input by Friday 31 May 2024, 5.00pm (AEST). Submissions can be emailed to or uploaded using the ‘Have your say now’ button below. Please clearly indicate which document your feedback relates to.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will be considered by the Australian Government before the draft State Safety Programme 2024 and draft National Aviation Safety Plan 2024 are finalised.

The Issue

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requires each member State to implement an SSP to demonstrate its aviation safety systems and framework, in addition to a NASP outlining planned national level improvements to address identified aviation safety risks and enhance safety.

The SSP and NASP represent Australia's response to the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Safety Plan (AP-RASP), and importantly fulfil Australia's commitment to Annex 19 – Safety standards requirements under the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).

The SSP and NASP are reviewed every three years to align with the review and updating cycle of the GASP and the AP-RASP.

State Safety Program (SSP)

The State Safety Programme is the primary publication used to describe how Australia ensures the effectiveness of our aviation safety system. It is a summary of all aviation safety-related legislation, risk management and assurance processes, as well as safety promotion mechanisms, that support Australia’s aviation safety system.

The proposed SSP 2024 will play an important and continued role in identifying, monitoring and maintaining the effectiveness of all aspects of our aviation safety performance and objectives. It establishes our key safety principles, structures and processes that underpin our future aviation safety system.

The SSP 2024 has been updated to better reflect changes made to Australia’s aviation safety oversight system since the previous version in 2021.

We want your feedback on these updated arrangements to ensure the State Safety Programme 2024:

  • is consistent with ICAO safety management expectations
  • accurately reflects Australian Government agency roles and responsibilities
  • captures relevant legislative and regulatory arrangements
  • describes Australia’s State safety risk management, assurance and promotion mechanisms.

National Aviation Safety Plan (NASP)

The Australian National Aviation Safety Plan details Australia’s commitment to continuously improve aviation safety management capabilities, reducing aviation operational safety risks.

The NASP represents a key element of ensuring Australia takes a proactive approach to aviation safety risks, even as our aviation industry and operational context evolves at an unprecedented rate; both domestically and internationally.

The updated NASP 2024 highlights initiatives being undertaken to mitigate risks associated with aviation operations in Australia and details the strategic direction for the management of aviation safety in the short, medium and long term.

It establishes Australia’s safety goals, objectives, performance indicators and enhancement initiatives to capture how we will respond to and prioritise safety activities and actions to continually improve and enhance Australia’s aviation safety performance.

We are seeking your feedback on Australia’s:

  • aviation safety risks and priorities
  • safety goals, objectives, performance indicators and enhancement initiatives

Both the draft State Safety Programme 2024 and draft National Aviation Safety Plan 2024 include enhancements recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following its assessment of Australia’s safety oversight systems in September 2023.

Relevant documentation


03 May 2024 09:00 AEST
31 May 2024 17:00 AEST

We invite you to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

This consultation is closed.

Alternatively please email your completed template submission to

Privacy Collection Notice

Australia’s aviation State Safety Programme 2024

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (“the Department”) in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.


The Department may use your submission to inform updates to the State Safety Programme 2024 and the National Aviation Safety Plan 2024-2027 to support Australia’s aviation safety system.


The Department may publish your submission as explained below. Otherwise your submission will not be disclosed unless authorised or required by law.

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