What are the main goals of the draft WA State Aviation Strategy 2020?

    The draft WA Aviation Strategy 2020 is a blueprint for advancing aviation in Western Australia and sets out a practical policy approach that reflects the current and future needs of aviation in WA.

    The main focus of the State Government in the draft WA Aviation Strategy 2020 is to directly address community concerns about high airfares in regional WA, while also ensuring air services continue to contribute to WA’s future wellbeing.

    Access to affordable airfares is central to the liveability of our regional towns, while efficient and affordable air services are crucial to the tourism and resource sectors that rely on air services to get in and out of Perth.

    The Strategy supports whole-of-Government priorities relating to a strong economy, regional prosperity, and Aboriginal wellbeing. 

    The Strategy sets out four key goals of the State Government for aviation in WA which are; affordable airfares, connected communities, fit for purpose infrastructure and informed and future ready. Each of the four goals have clear outcomes, approaches and actions that will be undertaken. 

    What has been done to implement the recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry?

    The recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry were largely implemented through the development of the draft WA Aviation Strategy. For details on a recommendation by recommendation basis, please refer to the report.

    What consultation has been done to inform the draft WA Aviation Strategy?

    The Strategy takes into account the 13 recommendations from the Parliamentary Inquiry. 

    It also reflects the extensive stakeholder consultation and feedback collected from over 240 stakeholders and community members at the nine workshops and community drop-in sessions held in the regional communities of Broome, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman, Onslow, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland. The workshops were attended by airlines, state and local governments, private airport operators, small businesses, community groups and the resources and tourism sectors.

    The engagement helped identify the key challenges faced on each of these air routes and also generated ideas for making airfares more affordable to regional communities. 

    Close consultation has also occurred between airlines, airport operators, government agencies, tourism and resources industry associations, peak bodies, community groups, and other stakeholders to help inform the draft WA Aviation Strategy.

    The draft Strategy is now open for comment, enabling community and industry to have their say. All feedback will be considered before a final version of the strategy is released.

    Who will be involved in reviewing and implementing the WA Aviation Strategy?

    This Strategy relies on a collaborative approach from all stakeholders to implement the actions, as the responsibilities fall on a number of stakeholders. 

    Innovative and ongoing aviation solutions require action and commitment from all tiers of government, airlines, airport operators, the tourism and resource sectors, and other stakeholders. 

    The State Government’s Regional Aviation Taskforce will oversee the implementation of the Strategy and monitoring of its actions. 

    Once finalised and released, the WA Aviation Strategy will be reviewed within five years of its publication.

    How often will the Strategy be reviewed?

    The WA Aviation Strategy will be reviewed within five years of its publication.

    How do I provide comment?

    Comment on the draft WA Aviation Strategy 2020 can be made online through My Say Transport.

    Alternatively, if you do not want to use the online portal, please send your written submission to: 

    c/o Director Aviation

    Department of Transport 

    GPO Box C102

    Perth WA 6839

    Email: sas@transport.wa.gov.au