The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts through the International Aviation, Technology and Services Division

Regulator function

The Department (International Aviation, Technology and Services Division) is responsible for (under the Air Navigation Act 1920 and associated Regulations): 

  • economic regulation of international aviation  
  • noise approvals for commercial use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA, commonly known as drones).  

The Division also administers the Civil Aviation Act 1988 which establishes the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which undertakes safety regulation for civil aviation.  This entity has its own Statement of Expectations, set by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Statement of Intent, pursuant to that Act. 


  • Air Navigation Act 1920
  • Air Navigation Legislation (Validation and Interpretation) Act 1982
  • Air Services Act 1995
  • Airspace Act 2007
  • Airspace (Consequentials and Other Measures) Act 2007
  • Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 1988
  • Civil Aviation Act 1988
  • Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Levy) Act 2020
  • Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Act 1995
  • International Air Services Commission Act 1992
  • International Interests in Mobile Equipment (Cape Town Convention) Act 2013
  • Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003

Regulated community

  • Airline, aircraft and drone operators, commercial users of remotely piloted aircraft 
  • Aviation industry 


Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Internal to department / external entity


Ministerial Statement of Expectations date

14 July 2023

Regulator Statement of Intent date

2 February 2024