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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 Department undertook consultation from 24 May 2021 to 23 July 2021 and public submissions are now closed. Public submissions to both the Draft AAPS and the National Strategic Airspace: National Aviation Policy Issues Paper may be found below.

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.

Submissions to the National Strategic Airspace: National Aviation Policy Issues Paper closed on Friday, 23 July 2021.

No Submissions PDF
1 General Aviation Advisory Network PDF: 339 KB
2 The Royal Federation of Aero Clubs Australia PDF: 263 KB
3 Australian Airline Pilots’ Association PDF: 81 KB
4 Australian Airline Pilots’ Association PDF: 120 KB
5 Qantas Group PDF: 103 KB
6 Anonymous PDF: 177 KB
7 Industry Advisory Board Australian Airspace PDF: 88 KB
8 Recreational Aviation Australia PDF: 95 KB
9 Recreational Aviation Australia PDF: 104 KB
10 Capt. Doug Scott PDF: 314 KB
11 Wing PDF: 5.5 MB