International and domestic aviation connects Australians with each other and with the rest of the world. It is also central to the Australian economy.

The Australian Government, through the department, contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by fostering a viable, competitive and safe aviation industry.

The department advises the Government on the policy and regulatory framework for Australian airports and the aviation industry, manages the administration of the Government's interests in privatised airports under the Airports Act 1996, and provides policy advice to the Minister on the efficient management of Australian airspace and on aircraft noise and emissions.

  • The Australian Government's Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative supports Government and industry working together to encourage more women to pursue careers in the aviation sector.

  • On 3 December 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, released the Government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.

  • Information about the sunsetting of various regulations administered by the Aviation and Airports Division.

  • This section provides general information pertinent to the operation of the leased federal airports.

  • Legislation administered by the Department, which impacts upon the aviation industry.

  • The Department has completed a regulatory policy review regarding the provision of ARFFS at Australian airports.

  • The Department has released a public consultation paper with three proposals designed to modernise airspace protection around airports and beyond.

  • This section provides information on the Australian Airspace Policy Statement, the National Airspace System (NAS), the Airspace Act 2007 and other related documents.

  • This section provides information on air traffic management policy matters, including the 2012 Air Traffic Management (ATM) Policy Directions Paper and the 2011 Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Review.

  • Information on the Government's policies relating to international aviation.

  • Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinates all Australian Government support for the search into missing flight MH370.

  • This section contains information on the environmental issues that relate to the aviation industry and the government's response to those issues.

  • Information about aviation safety, accident investigation and aviation safety programs.

  • General aviation commonly refers to that part of the aviation industry that engages in activity other than scheduled commercial airline activity.

  • Australians living in remote and isolated areas rely on a weekly air service for the carriage of passengers and goods, including medicines, fresh food and educational materials. Australia Post uses some of the same air operators to deliver mail under separate contracts.

  • This section contains information on the Remote Air Service Subsidy (RASS) Scheme, the Adelaide and Sydney Airport Noise Insulation Programs, the Enroute Charges Subsidy Scheme and the Remote Aerodromes Safety Program.

  • The Australian Government recognises the difficulties sometimes experienced by people with disabilities in accessing air travel.

  • Drones, also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), are seeing a rapid rise in use across Australia. Technological development is enabling more, diverse applications of drones.

  • Information on how the Department is adopting best practice regulation standards in Aviation deregulation.

  • List of the Department's aviation related publications.