Grounded: Get Australia Moving

October 22, 2020

Australia is losing $319 million a day in domestic and international air travel.

Grounded planes and deserted airports mean 34,000 people are in a holding pattern – they’ve lost their jobs or had their hours dramatically reduced.

We’re lagging behind other countries that have restarted aviation and the delay is hurting agricultural exports, regional tourism and the events industry.

We are calling on the National Cabinet to announce a plan for domestic travel before December and begin mapping out how we can gradually and safely remove international travel restrictions once health conditions allow.

Getting Australians flying again around the country before Christmas would be a $3.3 billion gift to the national economy.

We are not asking for a free for all – we need a highly-targeted, careful and gradual reopening of the economy based on health advice with robust nationally consistent systems in place for departures and arrivals, quarantining, local containment, and digital tracking and tracing.

Australia is losing $319 million a day in domestic and international air travel.

Grounded planes and deserted airports mean 34,000 people are in a holding pattern – they’ve lost their jobs or had their hours dramatically reduced.

We’re lagging behind other countries that have restarted aviation and the delay is hurting agricultural exports, regional tourism and the events industry.

We are calling on the National Cabinet to announce a plan for domestic travel before December and begin mapping out how we can gradually and safely remove international travel restrictions once health conditions allow.

Getting Australians flying again around the country before Christmas would be a $3.3 billion gift to the national economy.

We are not asking for a free for all – we need a highly-targeted, careful and gradual reopening of the economy based on health advice with robust nationally consistent systems in place for departures and arrivals, quarantining, local containment, and digital tracking and tracing.

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Support the campaign to get Australia moving by emailing your local members of Parliament today.
    To do list:
    • By Christmas, the state borders are open and there are clear national protocols in place for arrivals and departures, quarantining, local containment, and digital tracking and tracing
    • Careful and gradual reopening of international borders with priority given to:
      • returning Australians
      • international students, signalling to them we will be open for term one next year subject to agreed protocols for quarantining
      • targeted skilled visas for high demand workers to support business growth in Australia
    • Targeted visas aligned to the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce
    • Establish a nationally consistent, risk-based approach to quarantine
    • Establish a process to identify and begin negotiating safe travel corridors with low risk countries

    State border closures have seen passenger numbers on Australia’s busiest air routes plummet 91 per cent since March, crippling the aviation sector and causing harmful knock-on effects in tourism and hospitality.

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    The economic fallout from the shutdown of domestic aviation over the past seven months is $17 billion and $61 billion for international flights.
    More than 34,000 people nationwide have been affected by job losses and furloughed positions. The fallout includes widespread job losses across the aviation sector including airlines, airports, catering, ground handling and transport services.

    We can’t afford to be left behind and miss out on opportunities to establish safe travel corridors with other low-risk countries who have also managed the virus well.

    Passenger aircraft carry much more than people.

    International aviation generates about $100 billion a year in export revenue and supports about 515,000 jobs across the country.

    Putting a nationally agreed plan in place for international travel will allow us to ramp up this critical sector once we get the green light. This is not a temporary problem for Australia. If we fail to begin carefully reopening, we will miss out.

    Support the campaign to get Australia moving by emailing your local members of parliament today.

    Authorised by J. Clark for the Business Council of Australia of 120 Collins St, Melbourne.