CABINET has approved the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (Amendment) Decree 2012.
This will allow for the establishment of a State safety program (SSP) as required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Cabinet based its decision on a submission by Civil Aviation Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji was a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, and as such, Fiji had agreed to comply with the Standards and Recommended Practices published by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in the annexures to the convention.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the SSP was required under the ICAO Annexures 1, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 14 to the convention.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) was responsible for the implementation of a safety program in order to achieve an acceptable level of safety for the activities performed by industry operators and service providers.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the amendment to the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji Act (Cap 174A) to allow for the establishment and implementation of a State safety program in order to achieve an acceptable level of safety in civil aviation to align Fiji's laws with international standards under the convention and its supporting documentation.