RFDS (Qld Section) become Australia’s first & only IS-BAO Stage 2 dedicated aeromed provider

Date published

25 Mar 2019

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section), have achieved the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2, making them the only dedicated aeromedical provider in Australia and one of only a handful in South East Asia with the accolade.

This is the first time a dedicated aeromedical provider has been awarded the status in Australia, which is designed to help flight departments and operators achieve the highest level of safety and professionalism.

The accreditation, which is managed by the International Business Aviation Council (BAC), is only awarded to an operator following an independent audit that examines all areas of business operations.

Shane Lawrey, Head of Flying Operations for the RFDS in Queensland says the organisation are committed to delivering safe and efficient Aviation Services to their Communities.

“Achieving IS-BAO Stage 2 accreditations helps us bench mark our progress towards that commitment. A significant amount of work has gone into this achievement and we now seeing the dividends of our efforts. The journey isn’t finished yet as we are working towards Stage 3 accreditation in the next 2-year audit cycle.

It is truly a privilege to be part of an Organisation, working with great likeminded people that strive to deliver excellence in the Aeromedical and Primary Health Care space. Not to mention being able to contribute to the longevity and future proofing of a 90-year-old Australian icon,” he said.

The Flying Doctor’s Queensland section CEO, Meredith Staib, agrees that the certification is a great achievement for the organisation.

“The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations really is the gold standard in terms of safety and professionalism for aviation organisations like ours, so this recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication of all of the RFDS Queensland Section’s aviators”, Ms Staib said.


Contact: Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section Media) 0407 595 014 / media@rfdsqld.com.au