Airservices Australia is a government-owned corporation providing safe and environmentally sound air traffic management and related airside services to the aviation industry.
Each year, Airservices manages air traffic operations for more than four million flights carrying some 65 million passengers in the Australian Flight Information Region (FIR).
We provide communication, navigation and surveillance and air navigation services over an area which covers 11 per cent of the earth’s surface.
This area includes not only the Australian FIR but also international airspace over the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is three times the size of Europe and bigger than the continental United States.
Airservices also manages upper-level airspace (above 30,000ft) under contract to the neighbouring Pacific Island FIRs of the Solomon Islands and Nauru.
We have around 3700 employees, including more than 950 air traffic controllers working from two major centres in Melbourne and Brisbane, four terminal control units and 28 towers at international and regional airports.
Our Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service is one of the world’s largest providers of aviation rescue and fire fighting services with over 740 operational and support personnel based around Australia.
Over 700 qualified engineers and technicians support the Australian Communications Navigation and Surveillance /Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) system consisting of more than 440 navigation and surveillance aids.
- en route and terminal air traffic services
- aeronautical data services, such as charts and departure and approach procedures
- airspace management services
- tower services at 28 airports
- aviation rescue and fire fighting services at Australia’s 21 busiest airports
- environmental services
- management of the Australian national air navigation infrastructure.
Airservices is wholly owned by the Australian Government and governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Airservices is one of three agencies, established under the Government’s Infrastructure and Transport portfolio that have a significant role in Australia’s aviation industry.
Airservices is a government-owned corporation providing safe and environmentally sound air traffic management and related airside services to the aviation industry.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is an independent statutory authority. It was established to regulate aviation safety in Australia and the safety of Australian aircraft overseas. The Office of Airspace Regulation has been established to further enhance airspace safety. Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is an operationally independent body and is Australia’s prime agency for transport safety investigations.
Together, these agencies are responsible for implementing and managing the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Airports and air navigation service providers around the world recognise Airservices as a global provider of safe, efficient and effective integrated airspace and airside services. Airservices actively participates in ICAO regional and international forums including:
- Separation and Airspace Safety Panel (SASP)
- Navigation System Panel (NSP)
- Air Traffic Management Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP)
- Asia-Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG)
- Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Implementation Task Force (ADS-B ITF).
Airservices is a full member of peak world air traffic body the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO). Here it works with technology suppliers and associated organisations to achieve greater cooperation for further safety improvements and harmonised air traffic management service delivery.
In support of the Australian Government’s aviation safety agenda in the Asia Pacific region, Airservices delivers aid-funded activities in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. This enhances aviation safety and builds capability within Airservices counterpart organisations.
The future ATM system
Airservices has forged a close relationship with the Royal Australian Air Force. Together we have embarked on a program to develop the next generation air traffic management platform for Australia.
The commitment to successfully harmonise civil-military aviation will deliver a wide range of benefits, including reduced cost to industry, greater airspace efficiency, joint training and greater industry capability.
Airservices is working towards environmental best practice and works with industry, government and communities to reduce the environmental impacts of aircraft operations.
Our environmental program includes:
- an Environmental Management System (EMS) which has ISO14001 Certification
- partnerships and strategies to reduce aviation greenhouse gas emissions including the Asia and South Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) and the Indian Ocean Strategic Partnership to Reduce Emissions (INSPIRE)
- programs to minimise the impact of aircraft noise
- participation in international aviation environmental forums.
We are investing $900 million over five years on upgrading and modernising our infrastructure and facilities. This includes new towers, air traffic control technology, new fire vehicles, stations and associated equipment.
For more information
Phone: 1300 301 120 (within Australia)
Fax: 02 6268 4233 or +61 2 6268 4233 (outside Australia)