Our Role

We are a government-owned organisation established by the Air Services Act 1995 (the Act). We are a designated corporate Commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

Our primary role, as defined under the Act, is to:

  • provide facilities and services for the safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation within Australian-administered airspace. This includes providing air traffic services, aviation rescue fire fighting services, aeronautical information, radio navigation and telecommunications services.
  • promote and foster civil aviation in Australia and overseas.

We operate in accordance with the Act, the Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2018, the PGPA Act and the Minister’s Statement of Expectations. In addition, a range of other legislation informs our operations.

We are funded through customer charges for our services and by capital raised from debt markets. Our Board set our prices after extensive consultation with industry and oversight by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The aviation industry was directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a 56 per cent reduction in revenue. As a result, we have received government assistance to support the industry, which is outlined in this report.


In undertaking our functions, we regard the safety of air navigation as our most important consideration, and we protect the environment as far as practicable from the effects of aircraft operations.

More information is available at https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aboutus/our-governance/