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Anderson welcomes new aviation industry code of practice.

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23 March 2000 A53/2000



The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, has welcomed a new aviation industry code of practice, which was launched today by the Aviation Safety Foundation Australia.

The Aviation Safety Foundation is an industry body headed by Don Kendell AM, the chairman of Kendell Airlines. The foundation aims to promote air safety, and is sponsored by key industry organisations such as Qantas, the Australian Aviation Underwriting Pool, and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Mr Anderson said: "The foundation has developed a code of practice to encourage aviation companies to adopt the best possible safety practices. It is currently completing the last details of a set of guidelines for excellence in operating standards.

"The code urge firms to improve continuously their safety performance. The code builds on the Government’s regulatory requirements, and I urge the industry to support it.

"The safety foundation will provide assistance to the industry through training and education programs, as well as a mentoring network to companies develop their safety programs."

Mr Anderson stressed that the code of practice was not a step towards industry self-regulation.

"Companies that adopt the code of practice will be committing themselves to a standard of excellence above and beyond the Government’s already stringent safety requirements."


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