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Office of Airspace Regulation

The airspace volume allocated to Australia by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) covers approximately 11% of the Earth’s surface.  As a member of the ICAO, Australia has responsibilities in relation to that airspace under the Chicago Convention.

The office of airspace regulation (OAR) must ensure that Australian airspace is administered safely and efficiently. This section provides information on airspace regulation.

Office of airspace regulation review

The Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development in his Statement of Expectations of April 2015 required CASA to "review the operations and functions of the OAR". The review has commenced and will provide a draft report to the aviation policy group (APG) in 2016. To assist the review feedback is sought from the aviation community. The review summary including a detailed list of questions can be found at consultation communique review. The review team will acknowledge and attribute all submissions although anonymity may be granted if requested.

Submissions to the review have closed with 21 submissions received. KPMG is now assessing and analysing the data and will report findings and recommendations in accordance with the terms of reference. Inquiries regarding the review should be directed to au-fmcasaoarreview@kpmg.com.au attention Darren Moore.

Previous studies

Previous studies are available on our papers and reports page.

Airspace reform program

For information on the airspace reform program please contact the OAR by emailing oar@casa.gov.au.

Airspace change proposals under assessment

You can read the latest list of airspace change proposals.

Recently updated information

The OAR has completed an Aeronautical Study of the airspace within 35 nautical miles of Hobart aerodrome, Tasmania. Stakeholders are requested to provide feedback on the study to oar@casa.gov.au no later than 30 September 2016. CASA will consider feedback received to be public information and will normally attribute feedback.

The OAR has completed a Supplementary Airspace Review of the airspace within 20 nautical miles of Gladstone aerodrome, Queensland. The report contains stakeholder feedback.

Airspace change process