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Monday, 18 June 2001
Page: 27852


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 26 March 2001:

(1) For each of the past 5 years, how many Air Operators Certificates have been issued to foreign air carriers to permit them to operate into and out of Australia, and of these how many have been re-issued.

(2) How many approvals have been issued to foreign registered aircraft operating commercially within Australia, and of these how many are international freight operators.

(3) For each of the past 5 years, how many foreign registered cargo carriers have been based at (a) Sydney, (b) Brisbane, (c) Melbourne, (d) Adelaide, (e) Perth, (f) Hobart, (g) Darwin and (h) Avalon Airports and in which countries are those aircraft registered.

(4) Are foreign registered aircraft and their operators regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA); if so, how.

(5) Does CASA monitor the regulation of foreign registered aircraft by the regulator in the country of registration; if so, are those records publicly available.

(6) Can Australian companies own or operate foreign registered aircraft.

(7) Are Australian companies owning, leasing or operating foreign registered aircraft subject to regulation by CASA.

(8) Are Australian owned companies owning, leasing or operating foreign registered aircraft subject to Australian industrial and occupational health and safety laws; if not, why not.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) As at 10 April 2001, CASA records reveal that there are 68 operators who have foreign aircraft Air Operators Certificates (AOCs).

· 1996 - 6 initial issue AOCs, of which 4 have been re-issued and are current.

· 1997 - 7 initial issue AOCs, of which 4 have been re-issued and are current.

· 1998 - 6 initial issue AOCs, of which 2 have been re-issued and are current.

· 1999 - 6 initial issue AOCs, of which 4 have been re-issued and are current.

· 2000 - 6 initial issue AOCs, of which all are current.

(2) CASA advise that 80 approvals have been issued to foreign registered aircraft operating commercially within Australia, of which 5 are international freight operators.

(3) CASA records reveal the following operators have been based in Australia in the following areas for the past five year period -

· Brisbane - Pacific Air Express, operating a Solomon Islands registered aircraft,

· Brisbane - Air Sophia, operating a Bulgarian registered aircraft; and

· Darwin - Safair, operating a South African registered aircraft.

(4) No.

(5) No.

(6) Yes.

(7) Yes, if the aircraft are conducting civil air operations in Australian territory, or operating under an Australian Air Operators Certificate.

(8) Like all Australian registered companies operating in Australia, Australian airlines are subject to applicable Australian industrial and occupational health and safety legislation.