The Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport (RRAT) has extended the deadline for the final report on the general aviation industry.
The inquiry, which began in December 2019, was originally scheduled to table the final report on the last parliamentary sitting day of November 2021, but this week the deadline was extended to a date yet to be announced.
A spokesperson from the office of RRAT Chair Senator Susan McDonald told Australian Flying that work on the inquiry would continue.
“The inquiry will be extended, as per an RRAT committee decision on Wednesday, and there will be more hearings in November – but we only gave available dates to secretariat yesterday, so there are no definite dates just yet.”
The inquiry has struggled to get material thanks to COVID-19 restrictions and has held only three inquiries and received only 63 submissions since it commenced.
An interim report tabled in December 2020 stated only that not enough had been done to table an interim report, with Senator McDonald's office laying the blame at the feet of the coronavirus.