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Memorandum of Understanding signed with the ATSB

14 Jun 2016

Airservices has signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) marking the continuation of close cooperation with Australia’s air navigation service provider and the independent transport safety investigator.

Airservices CEO Jason Harfield signed the MoU alongside outgoing ATSB Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan in Canberra on 9 June to enhance aviation safety and reaffirm the cooperation between the agencies.

An objective of the MoU is to maximise aviation safety outcomes by providing a framework for both organisations to effectively continue their separate but complementary safety functions without impediment.

The MoU was revised following an extensive quality assurance review to simplify cross-agency accountabilities associated with the retention of evidential material and the conduct of interviews of Airservices officers involved in a matter that the ATSB is investigating.

In addition, the MoU ensures the obligations relating to the disclosure of information during the course of an investigation are clearly articulated to ensure alignment with current agreed information request practices and procedures.