The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications in consultation with other Australian Government aviation agencies, has reviewed and updated Australia’s existing State Safety Programme (SSP), which was published in May 2016, having regard to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 2020-22 Global Aviation Safety Plan and ICAO Annex 19 - Safety Management.
The updated SSP will continue to provide high level policy directions and outline Australia’s strategic intent in relation to continuing to achieve a high level of safety in our national aviation system, while the inaugural NASP is more operationally focussed and identifies specific critical areas of safety focus and initiatives to be pursued by aviation agencies in cooperation with industry over the next triennium.
Both proposed draft documents are closely linked and consistent with the ICAO global aviation safety framework. Both documents are also proposed for regular review. The NASP will be reviewed and updated annually and the SSP will be reviewed on a triennial basis to reflect their respective operational and higher level strategic focus.
The Department sought public and industry stakeholder comments on the draft SSP and NASP from 1 April to 31 May 2021. The consultation period has now closed and the Department is currently considering submissions received before finalising its advice to Government.