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Future Mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Avionics in Australia

Topic code: 
Airspace and Aerodromes
Project status: 

This project has been completed and legislative documents published on 10 March 2009.

The aircraft avionics equipment mandate is for flight in the upper space at and above FL290. The compliance date has been set at 12 December 2013 to allow 5 years for airlines to comply. At FL290, ADS-B coverage as planned by Airservices Australia will extend over the whole of continental Australia outside radar coverage and also over significant areas of oceanic airspace within the FIR. Radar like ATC surveillance of virtually all passenger transport turbo-jet aircraft operations will result post 2013.


The Australian Strategic Air Traffic (ASTRA) Management Group, is Australia's whole-of-industry ATM planning body. ASTRA's membership includes Airservices Australia, DOTARS, Defence, Qantas, Virgin Blue, AAA, RAAA, GAPAN, AOPA and CASA. One of ASTRA's main roles is to produce the Australian ATM Strategic Plan through the collaborative efforts of its member organisations.

ASTRA has requested that CASA initiate a project to mandate ADS-B avionics in support of the strategic plan. Specifically, the plan calls for the retention of terminal radars for the foreseeable future but the replacement of enroute radars with ADS-B ground stations in 2009, the end of the network's service life. Mandated ADS-B would be required to ensure an equal or better level of ATS enroute surveillance capability than that currently provided by mandates for Mode A/C transponders.

In accordance with CASA's statutory function to ensure the safety of air navigation, this project sets out to:

  • achieve improved ATM system safety and associated economic benefits for all airspace users through the facilitation of ADS-B services in Australia; and
  • develop clear, simple and practical standards for the carriage and use of ADS-B avionics.

Rules affected

Various - to be determined

Project Management

Project leaders:Brian Harris and Ian Mallett

Project sponsor: Peter Cromarty

Project AS 04/03