Aviation Australia touches down in Victoria

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A new partnership between the Victorian Coalition Government and Aviation Australia will facilitate further development of the state’s aviation training capabilities.Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Asia-Pacific’s leading aviation training organisation would support the ongoing growth of Victoria’s aviation and defence industries.

“By bringing industry, education and businesses together, this exciting collaboration will promote greater productivity, efficiencies, learning and industry development across the state’s aviation and related industries,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Aviation Australia has an excellent track record of working closely with local and international aviation services, business, and educational and research organisations to provide a competitive offering to Australian and international airlines and industry.”

Mr Rich-Phillips said the Asia Pacific region was home to the world’s fastest growing aviation and aerospace sectors, offering massive opportunities for local companies to tap into this growth.

“The Napthine Government is committed to supporting local aviation-related businesses so they can participate in the growth of the industry across the Asia-Pacific, particularly when it comes to engineering, aircraft maintenance and training,” Mr Rich-Phillips said. 

“Aviation is already worth more than $1 billion to the Victorian economy each year and partnerships such as the one signed today will play a key role in encouraging additional investment and economic activity in this vital sector.

"Victoria has a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on the worldwide growth within the aviation sector and Aviation Australia is an invaluable partner in achieving this objective,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Established in 2001, Aviation Australia has grown to be the largest basic and advanced aviation training provider in the Asia-Pacific region, delivering world-class training and
qualifications for students from Australia and around the world.

The company has facilitated the training of more than 30,000 aviation personnel from more than 150 countries, with operations in Brisbane, Cairns, Saudi Arabia, China and Malaysia. 

Aviation Australia has announced it will be offering a number of courses in Melbourne from January 2015.

Media contact: Andrew Drever 0409 580 996 andrew.drever@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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