Aviation White Paper

The Aviation White Paper (the White Paper) will set the long-term policies to guide the next generation of growth and innovation in the aviation sector.

It will clearly articulate the Commonwealth Government’s policies on desired aviation outcomes in relation to safety, competitiveness, sustainability and efficiency to ensure the sector is appropriately positioned to deliver aviation services for the Australian public out to 2050.

The White Paper will examine issues across the aviation sector. This includes four specific areas identified by the Government when announcing the White Paper:

  • how to maximise the aviation sector's contribution to achieving net zero carbon emissions, including through sustainable aviation fuel and emerging technologies
  • the economic reforms needed to improve productivity across the sector, including addressing skills shortages, competition between airports and airlines, and charting a course out of the pandemic
  • how to support and regenerate Australia's general aviation sector
  • better mechanisms for consultation on and management of issues like aircraft noise, airport development planning and changing security requirements. 

On 7 February 2023, the Government released the White Paper Terms of Reference.

In the 2022-23 Budget, the Government committed $7 million of funding to deliver the White Paper.

Want to be involved?

Interested individuals and organisations are invited to make initial submissions about any aspect of the Terms of Reference by 10 March 2023, noting the 2050 horizon of the White Paper. These submissions will inform the development of the Green Paper. In addition, the Department will soon release details of in-person and virtual roundtables to be held from March.

Following the release of the Green Paper in mid-2023, the Department will undertake a second round of more detailed consultation which will be considered during the development of the White Paper.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Department's website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence.




Aviation White Paper Branch
Domestic Aviation & Reform Division
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 594