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The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport has released the Aviation Workforce Skills Study (AWSS), a research report produced by AIS. In his media release Mr Chester said the important report “offers a challenge for both the government and the aviation industry to develop practical and workable solutions to overcome any shortfalls in the supply of professionally trained staff.”
The AWSS is the culmination of more than 12 months’ work by AIS consulting with Aviation stakeholders and investigating the industry’s workforce and skill needs. Mr Chester advised that he is looking forward to “working in partnership with industry to help address skills and training issues.” The full media release is available here.
Reflecting on the report and the Minister’s commitments Robert Adams, CEO of AIS recognised that “the Aviation Industry in Australia is under considerable pressure to adapt in a dynamic environment with rapidly growing cargo and passenger traffic, stringent regulations and fast-paced technology innovation. As such, the availability of trained staff is crucial to the industry’s ongoing viability.”
“AIS looks forward to working with the Aviation Industry Reference Committee to support any Training Package activity which may be required to address the issues raised in the report.”
This AWSS provides analysis and recommendations that may inform future government policy regarding skills development and training policies for aviation. It also identifies potential opportunities for expansion of the Australian aviation training market.
The Aviation industry underpins Australian business and tourism and has an estimated annual revenue of $44.79 billion, adding $15.73 billion to the Australian economy in 2016. The industry employs more than 88,000 people across its five main sub-sectors: Domestic commercial aviation, international commercial aviation, general aviation, air-freight transport and aviation support infrastructure.
Sector-specific summaries have been produced to outline key themes that are explored in greater detail within the report – these are available here.
The complete Aviation Workforce Skills Study is available for download here: