Consular Consultative Group Smartraveller
The CCG which is the central plank of the Australian Government industry outreach program to create an active dialog on the issues DFAT is responsible for. ATIA has been a senior leader in this group for over 20 years.
The Committee’s terms of reference are broad and includes; Smartraveller campaign, consular policy developments, crisis response and contingency planning, consular information system replacement and the processes of Australians Passports.
Small Business & Franchising Consultative Committee
The Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee is a forum where competition and consumer law concerns related to the small business and franchising sectors could be discussed by industry and government. ATIA has participated in this group since 2020.
The committee, examines the following:
- Issues affecting the small business and franchising sectors that fall within the scope of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Franchising Code of Conduct
- Emerging issues or market developments impacting on the small business and franchising sectors
- Education and information strategies developed and undertaken by the ACCC to assist the small business and franchising sectors
Tourism Visa Advisory Group (TVAG)
The Tourism Visa Advisory Group (TVAG) was established in 2002 and is a key consultative mechanism for communication between the department of home Affairs and travel tourism Peak Bodies.
TVAG aims to provide a forum for participants to discuss:
- Matters relating to tourist visas and broader immigration and tourism policy
- Emerging issues and trends in the tourism market
- Developments in tourism and immigration policy and operational initiatives
National Passenger Facilitation Committee
The National Passenger Facilitation Committee (NPFC) is a decision-making body that provides a strategic forum for engagement between government agencies and industry partners to improve facilitation of passengers through airports, while maintaining appropriate border security.
Its objective is to maintain a safe, secure civil aviation environment in which services are delivered in a reliable and efficient manner.
The NPFC was established to meet Australia’s international obligations under the International Civil Aviation Organisation Convention on International Civil Aviation 1944 (the ‘Chicago Convention’) and with Annex 9 to the Chicago Convention. Specifically, Standards 8.17, 8.18 and 8.19 of Annex 9 to the Chicago Convention provide guidance on Australia’s obligation to implement a national air transport facilitation programme. The Chicago Convention is governed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a specialised agency of the United Nations.
The NPFC is directly accountable to the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. As required, the respective Minister will bring forward NPFC matters to Government in consultation with relevant Ministers.
SkillsEQuipped Advisory Committee
ATIA represents the Travel Industry on the Advisory Committee of SkillsEQuipped, which is a not for profit, industry-led Jobs and Skills Council funded by the Federal Government to support industry engagement in relation to skills and training issues for Retail, Personal Services, Hospitality, Tourism and the Arts sectors. SkillsEQuipped’s role is to identify skills and workforce needs for the relevant sectors, develop VET training products, and support collaboration between industry and training providers to improve training and assessment practices.
ATIA’s engagement with SkillsEQuipped is to ensure the interests of the travel industry are represented as SkillsEQuipped works towards developing a workforce plan for the travel and tourism sectors and reviews VET training products to ensure they meet the changing needs of the industry.