RDA Sydney welcomes Australia-wide RDA support for the Charter for Aviation Skills

RDA Sydney is privileged to be able to share the opportunity to advance the Charter for Aviation Skills in Australia with its counterparts in the RDA network, industry and associations across the country. Inviting all RDAs to participate is a feature of RDA Hunter’s MOU with Pennant International Group’s Aviation Skills Foundation, which was signed in January this year.

RDAs in ACT, Goldfields Esperance (WA), Hunter, Illawarra, Murraylands Riverland (SA), Northern Rivers, Riverina, Sydney, Townsville NWQ, Wide Bay Burnett and WA’s Wheatbelt have joined together in recognition of the importance of aviation as an economic driver in our regions and signed on to support the Charter.

The Charter for Aviation Skills sets out a straightforward five-point plan to address the sector’s skills shortages by working collaboratively on activities to build skills pathways and careers in aviation.

Aviation is an important sector in Australia and its regions. It provides essential services across emergency, military, health, manufacturing, freight, education, agriculture, recreation and tourism. RDAs agree that the Charter can help address the challenges faced by the sector as a result of the 2020 pandemic: challenges that have led to an urgent need to support aviation’s recovery; grow and diversify opportunities for its sustainability; and address the shortage of people with the skills to help it recover and grow.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Pennant and its Aviation Skills Foundation to advance the Charter for Aviation Skills in Australia. It’s an ideal vehicle for collaborating and co-operating with stakeholders for the wider benefit of the aviation industry, particularly in light of the enormous impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the sector and economy more widely, said RDA Sydney’s Executive Officer, Ms Therese O’Dwyer.

Through the Charter, RDAs are developing a shared response to ensure aviation’s global reputation for leadership in innovation is maintained. We are working across our regions to increase awareness of the benefits of industry-led training in creating an aviation skills framework; connect stakeholders to build relationships; and establish skills development pipelines that interface with jobs.


Through this partnership, RDAs aim to build:

  • a stronger domestic aviation sector, built on a locally developed skilled workforce

  • better labour mobility across State borders and into other countries

  • skilled workforce programs through industry partnerships, engaging educators, trainers and researchers, and by assisting the Government to deliver the emerging Skills Program

  • Australia’s reputation globally for innovation, skilled workforce and attractive investment options

  • Australian Aviation as an export


More Information: Therese O’Dwyer DRD/EO therese.odwyer@rdasydney.org.au  Ph 0413 834 098

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