Regional Aviation is integral to the livelihood of remote Australian communities, and the Federal Government has this month, committed to developing a policy to add greater support. The Regional Aviation Policy (an amendment to the Civil Aviation Act) will present strategies that keep regional aviation competitive in an environment where increased safety and security regulation can impact the economic outcome of smaller, and regionally centric businesses.

Speaking at the Regional Association of Australia (RAAA) Convention in Queensland, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Bill is designed to support a regulatory framework which prioritises safety but doesn’t add unnecessary burden or overhead to restrict growth.

“Aviation continues to evolve but remains an essential ingredient to the economic success of this nation, and the Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to ensuring its aviation policies continue to help sustain a strong and viable Australian aviation industry”, said McCormack.

The new policy is just one element of a larger approach to aviation in Australia, which includes an increase to the Higher Education Loan Program limit, and the continuation of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program.

“The Government’s $100 million Regional Airports Program is today opening for applications, providing funding assistance to owners of regional airports to undertake access and safety works. The works range from runway re-surfacing to safety works such as fencing and runway lighting.

Affordable and accessible air services are crucial to connecting regional Australia in terms of tourism, travel, business, health and education and it underpins our economic development and delivery of critical services,” McCormack said

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