Returning Australians home

LA, London, Hong Kong and Auckland will remain open for returning Australians under an agreement between Qantas, Virgin and the Australian Government.

For four weeks, these carefully selected routes will increase the options for a large number of overseas Australians who are currently trying to get home.

In addition these services provide much-needed freight capacity to exporters and importers.

Visit Qantas and Virgin Australia for airline specific information.

Assistance to the Aviation Sector

The Government is providing initial support to our airline industry through an estimated $715 million package of relief from a range of taxes and Government charges.

A further $198 million will help maintain the regional air network and $100 million has been made available to provide direct financial support to smaller regional airlines. These measures will support our aviation sector through an unprecedented period of disruption to international and domestic air travel.

Three new grant programs have been announced as part of the Australian Government's response to the economic impact of COVID-19 and its unprecedented and likely sustained impact on the domestic airline industry.

Two of these programs are part of the Australian Government's $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. The third program - Australian Airline Financial Relief Package - stands alone.

Regional Airlines Funding Assistance

The objective of the Regional Airlines Funding Assistance (the program) is to assist airlines operating services to regional and remote locations to continue to provide essential air links by providing cash flow assistance where required according to the criteria in the Grant Guidelines.

Airlines may apply to be considered for financial assistance during the period of the program. If approved, a grant agreement is entered into with the Department for the period up to 30 September 2020. The airline then considers if or when it submits a claim under the agreement. The application and each claim will be assessed based on analysis of the organisation's financial situation.

Regional Airline Network Support

The objective of the Regional Airline Network Support program is to assist domestic commercial airlines operating services at the Regular Public Transport (RPT) aviation safety standard to regional locations to maintain a basic level of connectivity across their network of regional routes. This will support critical air services to connect regional Australia to freight, medical testing, supplies and essential personnel.

Eligible applicants can apply for a grant to operate a basic level of air connectivity per week on each route, for an initial period of up to six weeks. The Program will underwrite these services on a shortfall subsidy basis, with the cost offset by remaining commercial revenue from passengers and freight.

Australian Airline Financial Relief Package

The Australian Airline Financial Relief Measures (the program) will run over 6 months from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020. The package of measures includes the refunding and ongoing waiving of a range of Government charges on the industry including aviation fuel excise, Airservices Australia charges on domestic airline operations and domestic and regional aviation security charges.

The objective of the program is to reduce the cost base faced by commercial airlines, improving the financial viability of scheduled and commercial flights.

Aviation in Australia

International and domestic aviation connects Australians with each other and with the rest of the world. It is also central to the Australian economy.

The Australian Government, through the department, contributes to the prosperity of the economy and the wellbeing of all Australians by fostering a viable, competitive and safe aviation industry.

The department 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.

  • The Australian Government's Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative supports Government and industry working together to encourage more women to pursue careers in the aviation sector.

  • On 3 December 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, released the Government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.

  • Information about the sunsetting of various regulations administered by the Aviation and Airports Division.

  • This section provides general information pertinent to the operation of the leased federal airports.

  • Legislation administered by the Department, which impacts upon the aviation industry.

  • The Department has completed a regulatory policy review regarding the provision of ARFFS at Australian airports.

  • The Department has released a public consultation paper with three proposals designed to modernise airspace protection around airports and beyond.

  • This section provides information on the Australian Airspace Policy Statement, the National Airspace System (NAS), the Airspace Act 2007 and other related documents.

  • This section provides information on air traffic management policy matters, including the 2012 Air Traffic Management (ATM) Policy Directions Paper and the 2011 Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Review.

  • Information on the Government's policies relating to international aviation.

  • Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinates all Australian Government support for the search into missing flight MH370.

  • This section contains information on the environmental issues that relate to the aviation industry and the government's response to those issues.

  • Information about aviation safety, accident investigation and aviation safety programs.

  • General aviation commonly refers to that part of the aviation industry that engages in activity other than scheduled commercial airline activity.

  • Australians living in remote and isolated areas rely on a weekly air service for the carriage of passengers and goods, including medicines, fresh food and educational materials. Australia Post uses some of the same air operators to deliver mail under separate contracts.

  • This section contains information on the Remote Air Service Subsidy (RASS) Scheme, the Adelaide and Sydney Airport Noise Insulation Programs, the Enroute Charges Subsidy Scheme and the Remote Aerodromes Safety Program.

  • The Australian Government recognises the difficulties sometimes experienced by people with disabilities in accessing air travel.

  • Drones, also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), are seeing a rapid rise in use across Australia. Technological development is enabling more, diverse applications of drones.

  • Information on how the Department is adopting best practice regulation standards in Aviation deregulation.

  • List of the Department's aviation related publications.