Terms of Reference

The provision of rescue, firefighting and emergency response at Australian airports, with particular reference to:

  1. the current standards applicable to the provision of aerodrome rescue and firefighting services relating to community safety and the emergency personnel safety;
  2. the standards for the provision of emergency response at Australian airports, including emergency medical response and response to structure fires and other incidents;
  3. the comparison of safe systems of emergency response standards and systems of work for firefighting and rescue operations for structure fires, aircraft rescue, emergency medical response and other emergency incidents;
  4. the consideration of best practice, including relevant international standards;
  5. the mechanisms and criteria for the review of the provisions of safety standards for the provision of rescue and firefighting services, if any;
  6. a review of Airservices Australia policy and administration of aviation rescue and firefighting services;
  7. the effectiveness and independence of the regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), to uphold aviation rescue and firefighting safety standards;
  8. the impact on Australia’s national and international reputation and aviation safety record as a result of any lowering of aviation rescue and firefighting services; and
  9. any related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811
rrat.sen@aph.gov.au