Media Release

AAUS and ATSB Working Together


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation between the two organisations.

“The ATSB and the AAUS are cognisant of the growth in the operation of unmanned transport vehicles,” Mr Hood said. “We are both invested in enacting better safety outcomes in the fast growing area of unmanned systems across all three domains of air, land, and sea. Through a constructive and cooperative relationship, this MoU provides a platform for working in this space.”

“This MoU enhances the Australian unmanned systems industry’s ability to support the ATSB in its safety endeavours,” Dr Clothier said.

The intent of the MoU is to enhance the ATSB’s ability to access industry expertise to support a range of ATSB functions, including accident/incident investigation and industry education and outreach.

Dr Clothier said the MoU will also help to address recommendations made in the recently released Senate Inquiry on Drones (AAUS’s response to the Senate Inquiry is available here).

“The Senate Inquiry identified the need for improved industry safety and activity data – we hope to address some of that need through this MoU,” Dr Clothier said.

“Safety is paramount to our industry, and AAUS very much welcomes the opportunity to work more closely with the ATSB,” Dr Clothier said.

A copy of the media release is available here.

Signing of the MoU between ATSB and AAUS

From Left to Right – Dr Reece Clothier (President, AAUS), Mr Patrick Hornby (Manager Legal and Governance, ATSB), and Mr Greg Hood (Chief Commissioner and CEO, ATSB) at the signing of the MoU.
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