Australian air traffic services provider Airservices Australia is to undertake a major organisational restructuring following external reviews initiated by the government and the new board and chief executive, writes Emma Kelly.

The government announced an external review of the organisation at the end of 2004 after controversy when Airservices conceded it had not followed correct processes in implementing Stage 2b of Australia’s National Airspace System (NAS) programme. The changes will result in a “flatter, streamlined structure”, says Airservices chief executive officer Greg Russell. Safety will be maintained as a priority, while operational groups will be streamlined and the focus will be on core business. “Better governance” is a key feature of the changes, says Airservices.

The restructure will see the existing five operational business units – air traffic management, airport services, infrastructure support services, finance and corporate, and organisational development – replaced with the following new units from 1 December: corporate affairs, business development, finance, people and change, air traffic control, technology and asset services, aviation rescue and fire fighting, airspace and environmental regulation, audit and assurance, and safety management.

The government had already confirmed plans to remove regulatory functions from Airservices, with the airspace and environment regulations unit moving to the Department of Transport next year. The restructure will see the general managers of organisational development, air traffic management and the corporate services/chief financial officer leave the organisation.

Source: Flight International