Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Australia's State Aviation Safety Programme

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.

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