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There are five federal government agencies with roles in providing safe aviation in Australia:

  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Airservices Australia
  • Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The Department of Infrastructure,Regional Development and Cities 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.

Airservices Australia has responsibility for airspace management, aeronautical information, aviation communications, radio navigation aids and aviation rescue firefighting services.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau independently investigates aviation accidents and safety occurrences, records, analyses and researches safety data and fosters safety awareness, knowledge and action. We have a memorandum of understanding with the ATSB that emphasises cooperation to improve aviation safety

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for the national coordination of both maritime and aviation search and rescue. AMSA is also responsible for the management and operation of the Australian ground segment of the Cospas-Sarsat distress beacon detection system. 

Last modified: 21 February 2018