The AAA represents 340 airports in Australia wide, it has been connecting Australian airports for more than 40 years and is the leading advocate for appropriate national policy relating to airport activities, to ensure regular transport passengers, freight, and the community enjoy the full benefits of a progressive and sustainable airport industry.

Airports are often the only form of transport connecting regional, remote and Indigenous communities throughout Australia – the AAA has been successful in securing Government funding through the creation of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program and the Regional Airport Program to ensure these aerodromes can both maintain facilities to meet existing and new safety standards and remain viable in the face of low passenger volumes.

The AAA is in the process of drafting a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that will be built around Reconciliation Australia’s core pillars of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities. The AAA RAP is the first step in providing best practice guidance for the airport industry on how to create meaningful opportunities and to actively support and recognise Indigenous Australians.

Feeding into the AAA’s focus on a diverse equitable, and inclusive airport sector, the AAA has proposed an Indigenous Traineeship and Mentoring Program that will compliment both the workforce of Indigenous-owned and operated aerodromes and those more broadly throughout our membership, as well as cultural sensitivity training and guidance offerings for AAA members.