A new consultation paper focused on protecting national airspace and aviation infrastructure has been released for stakeholder consultation.

The paper covers a range of proposals to protect critical aviation infrastructure while enabling better airport and off-airport planning.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the paper aims to generate engagement with government, industry and community stakeholders on better approaches to the complex issue.

“The paper proposes a modern, consultative and risk-based approach to airspace protection around airports and critical aviation communications, navigation and surveillance facilities,” Mr Chester said.

“It also considers options to better protect low-flying aircraft from hazards operating away from airports.

“I am looking forward to feedback from interested parties as we work toward modernising airspace protection in Australia,” Mr Chester said.

Submissions on the paper will be accepted until 28 February 2017.

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