The Australian aerospace industry makes a significant contribution to the national economy. Approximately 830 firms employ 14 000 people; the industry has an annual turnover of more than $4 billion. Of this sum, 25 per cent is exported.
Australia has a long history of aerospace manufacturing, and continues to provide world-class innovative products and services to the domestic and global aerospace sector. With capabilities ranging from the production of specialised components, to full maintenance, repair and overhaul services, the Australian aerospace industry is particularly well positioned to supply the Asia-Pacific region, a forecasted major aviation growth region.
Australia also possesses a significant and growing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) manufacturing sector. There is currently a lot of activity directed towards the progression of aviation safety regulations for UAS in Australia, with regulations developed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) enabling the Australian UAS industry to grow to what it is today. The Australian Aerospace Industry UAS Sub-Committee has recently submitted a review of regulations and guidance material to CASA to assist in shaping the future of the Australian UAV industry.
Aviation Aerospace Australia is the national association representing the aviation and aerospace industries. The group contributes to the long term health of the aviation and aerospace industries through providing capability information, conducting research, assisting in the coordination of international marketing activities and supporting the professional development of aviation and aerospace professionals. For further information please refer to the Aviation Aerospace Australia website.