The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (AAAF) has released a policy document that covers a wide range of issues germane to the industry in this country.
The AAAF, which has been evolving over four years now, describes itself as “a cooperative group made up of Australia’s aviation peak bodies”. Its aims are to “provide a means for these leading bodies to discuss aviation policy and to provide a coherent industry interface for government on aviation matters”.
The principal organizations subscribing to the Forum are:
- Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia
- Australian Association of Flight Instructors
- Australian Business Aviation Association
- Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association
- Regional Aviation Association of Australia
- Royal Federation of Aero Clubs of Australia
It is understood that there are other organizations and companies, including airlines, participating in the Forum at a less formal level; however the Australian Airports Association is not at this stage a participant.
The newly released policy document includes such areas of interest as government policy/structures, regulatory reform, taxation, education & training, regional equity/access, insurance & liability and research.
Prior to releasing this new document, representatives of the AAAF briefed the Minister, the Shadow Minister and relevant senior bureaucrats, as well as the Parliamentary Friends of Aviation group.
“This policy document is the culmination of a few years of trying to get places,” said AAAF chairman Chris Manning, “It’s forward looking, it has a fair bit of vision… it’s positive, it gives solutions for things that we think are important in aviation… but it’s just the start of a process. We are not going to lose focus, because if we do aviation suffers.”
The policies put forward in the document are what the AAAF wants government to adopt. Chris Manning describes it the White Paper’s “missing chapter”.
The AAAF believes that aviation infrastructure is not viewed as part of the ‘national infrastructure’ and this position needs to be redressed.
The timing of the document’s release is geared to a federal election later in 2013, providing time for the political parties to digest and respond to the policies put forward by incorporating them in their own platforms leading up to the election.