The Ministry of Transport is progressing work on a Civil Aviation Bill. The Bill will replace the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and the Airport Authorities Act 1966 with a single new statute that includes a number of proposals to improve the safety, security and efficiency of New Zealand’s civil aviation system. Some of the proposed changes include:
- a new drug and alcohol management scheme for commercial aviation operators
- provisions which incorporate 'Just Culture' principles in the reporting of aviation incidents
- clarification of aviation security officer powers
- amendments to the authorisation regime for airline cooperative agreements (alliances)
In mid-2019, the Ministry consulted on an exposure draft of the Bill. This can be downloaded at the link below, along with submissions received.
A list of all major policy proposals carried forward by the Bill can be found in the commentary document (see link below).
Useful documents and links
- Civil Aviation Bill exposure draft [PDF, 1.4 MB]
- Commentary document [PDF, 1.5 MB]
- Questions and answers regarding the Bill [PDF, 223 KB]
- Civil Aviation Act 1990(external link)
- Airport Authorities Act 1966(external link)
- Civil Aviation Act Review
- Exposure draft submissions Part 1 [ZIP, 28 MB]
- Exposure draft submissions Part 2 [ZIP, 8.2 MB]
2014 Civil Aviation Act Review
In 2014, the Ministry of Transport consulted on a review of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and Airport Authorities Act 1966. Work on the review led to amendments carried forward by the Bill.