Family Assistance Code
|Author: Australian Government|
|The code sets out Australia*s minimum standards with regard to airlines operating to, from, and within Australia in rendering assistance through their Family Assistance Plan to victims and families.|
|Recent years have seen an acknowledgment that an aircraft accident involves not only victims of the accident, but also extends to the distress and pain suffered by the families of victims.
International experience confirms the need for distinct and sensitive treatment of victims, and the families of victims, involved in an air carrier accident. This has received explicit international recognition with the publication by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of Circular 285, Guidance on Assistance to Aircraft Accident Victims and their Families.
In the event of a civil aircraft accident in Australia, State and Territory agencies have well established and effectively maintained emergency response plans, supported, if required, by resources of the Commonwealth Government, coordinated through Emergency Management Australia (EMA). All licensed airports are required to adopt and regularly practise Airport Emergency Plans (AEPs) in conjunction with relevant emergency response authorities and airlines. The Commonwealth, through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia and Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR), also has emergency plans to deal with, and respond to, issues associated with an aviation.
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