5. Challenges, priorities and objectives
5.2 Global priorities
The ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan sets out three global aviation safety priorities:
- improving runway safety performance;
- reducing Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) accidents; and
- reducing the number of loss of control in-flight accidents and incidents.
All of these priorities are relevant to Australian aviation even with Australia's excellent high-capacity regular public transport safety record and advanced regulatory system.
Australia has a very low rate of occurrence of these events over the past decade.
Nevertheless, Australia has and will continue to take a number of measures to specifically address these three global safety priorities including:
- increased surveillance and navigation capability through the wider application of ADS-B and GNSS;
- the establishment of Local Runway Safety Groups and the Advisory Group on Runway Safety;
- the introduction of Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS) at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports;
- the implementation of runway stop-bars at Sydney and Melbourne airports;
- the publication of various training and education materials highlighting the risks from these types of incidents and risk management measures; and
- conducting industry workshops on relevant matters such as Human Factors and the Automated Flight Deck.
Australia is committed to implementing safety measures that support a seamless aviation system in the region and a harmonised global system. At the same time, we will ensure that each initiative is implemented in a way that is appropriate to the Australian aviation context.