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Australia's State Aviation Safety Programme

Appendix D

Other cooperative arrangements

Civil/military cooperation in search and rescue

AMSA and Defence have formalised a cooperative arrangement through a letter of promulgations. The letter promulgates the acceptance by Defence of the National Search and Rescue Manual (NATSARMAN) as the standard procedural guide for the conduct of search and rescue activities within the Australian search and rescue region (SRR), except for Joint Personnel Recovery (commonly known as Combat SAR). This acceptance makes NATSARMAN the primary document underpinning civil/military cooperation in search and rescue. The document also recognises the Australian National Search and Rescue Council as the sponsor of the NATSARMAN.

Common Risk Management Framework for airspace and air traffic management

The Common Risk Management Framework (CRMF) aims to ensure that the work of the agencies (Department, CASA, Airservices and Defence) in relation to airspace and air traffic management is complementary and based on a shared sense of understanding and purpose, and a consistent approach.

The CRMF provides high level guidance to the agencies in conducting their risk management activities in relation to airspace and air traffic management without interfering with, or restricting, the performance of their respective roles.

More information about the CRMF can be found at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/airspace_reform/crmf.aspx

International cooperative arrangements

Australia's aviation safety agencies have ongoing involvement in the Asia Pacific region through various regional engagement programmes. These programmes improve aviation safety for the benefit of Australia's regional neighbours and the Australian travelling public by strengthening safety capability.

Australia has also entered into a range of bilateral agreements and arrangements, including Bilateral Air Services Agreements, which are economic in focus but include provisions for safety oversight. Australia has also entered into a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) with the United States which is intended to provide more efficient and effective safety regulation, particularly in relation to aircraft certification and products.

Australia has also entered into a number of SAR memorandum of understanding agreements with its Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean neighbours in accordance with International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR)

There are a range of other safety arrangements that mainly relate to airworthiness certification and maintenance requirements.

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Last Updated: 10 May, 2016