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Finding the right balance: Cabin crew ratios on Australian aircraft

21 November 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-0-642-79577-9 (printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79578-6 (HTML version)

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Preliminary Pages (PDF 113KB)
Chapter 1 Context of the inquiry (PDF 162KB)

A brief explanation of cabin crew ratios
The current proposal to alter Australia’s cabin crew ratio
The history of proposed ratio changes and prior parliamentary consideration
Earlier consideration of a 1:50 cabin crew ratio in Australia
Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Mutual Recognition with New Zealand) Bill 2005
2007 Senate Estimates
Granting of exemptions to the 1:36 rule
The rationale behind the proposal
Aircraft design and certification
World’s best practice?
Cost savings
Committee comment

Chapter 2 Issues arising from the inquiry (PDF 81KB)

The role of crew in maintaining safety and security
Measuring ratios and safety through evacuation demonstrations
The role of passengers in emergency evacuations
The role of passengers in security incidents
Committee comments
CASA’s review processes
Crew Fatigue
Airside security and ASIC passes
Committee’s overall conclusions

Dissenting Report—Mr Paul Fletcher MP (PDF 28KB)

The right way to frame the question
No persuasive evidence that ISR produces inferior safety or security outcomes
Other Arguments
Because Australia has historically had a higher ratio
Arguments from the TWU and the FAAA
Because the ISR would bring cost savings and these are a bad thing

Appendix A – List of submissions (PDF 13KB)
Appendix B – List of witnesses (PDF 15KB)

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