The Ministry of Transport is progressing work on a Civil Aviation Bill. The Bill will replace the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and the Airport Authorities Act 1966 with a single new statute that includes a number of proposals to improve the safety, security and efficiency of New Zealand’s civil aviation system. Some of the proposed changes include:

  • a new drug and alcohol management scheme for commercial aviation operators
  • provisions which incorporate 'Just Culture' principles in the reporting of aviation incidents
  • clarification of aviation security officer powers
  • amendments to the authorisation regime for airline cooperative agreements (alliances)

In mid-2019, the Ministry consulted on an exposure draft of the Bill. This can be downloaded at the link below, along with submissions received.

A list of all major policy proposals carried forward by the Bill can be found in the commentary document (see link below). 

Useful documents and links 

2014 Civil Aviation Act Review

In 2014, the Ministry of Transport consulted on a review of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and Airport Authorities Act 1966. Work on the review led to amendments carried forward by the Bill.