The Australian Government is examining options to further support and strengthen the aviation industry, both to manage the current impacts of the COVID-19 downturn, support the recovery and look at pathways for longer-term reform.

The department has released the Future of Australia’s Aviation Sector Issues Paper to canvass industry and community views on potential policy directions to manage the opportunities and challenges facing the sector.

The Issues Paper seeks public submissions on:

  • the impact of the current COVID-19 crisis, including the Australian Government’s support packages; and
  • longer term policies and reforms to support development of a Five-Year Plan for Aviation.

Final submissions will be accepted until COB 27 November 2020.

Submissions can either be provided by email, at, or in hard copy, addressed to:

Director, Strategic and Economic Policy Projects
Data, Analytics and Policy Division

The Government’s five-year plan for Aviation

The Australian Government has clear long term objectives for aviation:

  • A competitive and efficient aviation sector
  • A safe, secure and environmentally sustainable aviation sector
  • Ensuring minimum access to essential aviation services

Informed by the Submissions on the Issues Paper and ongoing consultation with industry, the Australian Government will release its Five-Year Plan for Aviation in 2021. The Plan will set out a program of longer-term reforms to help deliver against these objectives and assist the sector return to strength and sustainability.

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