AVAT11006 - Aviation Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Aviation Law will introduce you to the laws in Australia that pertain to the aviation industry. Laws relevant to a variety of flight operations are covered. You will read and interpret contracts and aviation documents as well as understand flight rules and emergency procedures. You will also learn about the laws, rules, and procedures relevant to aerodromes, airspace and air services including emergency situations. Conduct in the aviation industry which would be considered negligence, breach of contract or a criminal offense will be discussed. Your knowledge of the international regulatory environment will be enhanced with a study of international aviation. The unit will also provide you with the skill to research and acquire the aeronautical knowledge requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Commercial Pilot Licence Air Law syllabus.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AVAT11002 Basic Aeronautical Knowledge and AVAT11003 Basic Aeronautical Practice

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.58% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Students/Lecturer
Students major concern concentrated on the fact the unit material did not specifically align with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements. As unit co-ordinator it is apparent the degree of difficulty for year one students therefore,necessitates this unit be moved into year two or three. The Unit Profile change should remove present reference to CASA material and include a more general reference to CASA material.
This unit profle will be amended as considered necessary and a submission made to HOC the unit be moved to a later stage in the course, either year two or three.
Action Taken
Action has not proceeded due to the resignation of the HOC.
Source: Have Your Say
More application to the CASA CPL air law exam is required.
The CASA syllabus will be covered in addition to application of air law in aviation industry practices.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
More visuals such as pictures or short videos are required to make the lectures more interesting.
The existing lecture materials will be augmented with videos and interactive tutorials.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss law relevant to aviation staff and management
  2. Identify aviation industry conduct which would be considered negligence, breach of contract or a criminal offense
  3. Explain how the international civil aviation organisation regulates international flight safety
  4. Compare the various international conventions which affect the aviation industry such as the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions
  5. Discuss the specific air laws, rules and procedures that apply to pilots and flight crew.

No external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination