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Air Board Regulations

Authoritative Version
SR 1920 No. 223 Regulations as made
Principal Regulations
Gazetted 11 Nov 1920
Date of repeal 02 Oct 1922
Repealed by Air Board Regulations


1920. No. 223.



I, THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL in and over the Commonwealth of Australia, in pursuance of the powers conferred on me by the Defence Act 1903-1918 and the Naval Defence Act 1910-1918 and all other powers me thereunto enabling, hereby make the following Regulations to come into operation forthwith.

Dated this ninth day of November, 1920.



By His Excellency’s Command,


Minister of State for Defence.


Air Board Regulations.

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Air Board Regulations.


2. The Air Board shall consist of—

(i) The Director of Intelligence and Organization.

(ii) The Director of Personnel and Training.

(iii) The Director of Equipment.

(iv) The Finance Member.

Members of the Board and officers appointed in connexion therewith will severally and jointly exercise such powers and perform such duties as may from time to time be assigned to them by the Air Council.

Members of the Board will allot the duties to their subordinates.


3. The Air Board is charged with the control and administration of the Air Force upon the policy laid down by the Air Council.

All conclusions or decisions of the Board which involve an increase of expenditure, transfer of votes of expenditure, or any new principle affecting expenditure will be referred to the Air Council for approval.

Upon all matters which the Air Couneil so direct the Board shall submit for the approval of the Council its conclusions, recommendations or decisions.

The Board shall refer for the consideration of the Air Council such matters as it deems necessary should be approved by higher authority or upon which there is a want of unanimity of opinion of the Members of the Board.



4. The Air Board shall meet weekly or more often as may be necessary.

Three Members of the Board will constitute a quorum.

The Senior Officer present will preside.

The Board shall be empowered to cause the attendance in a consultative capacity at Meetings of such technical or other advisers as may be deemed advisable.


5. There shall be a Secretary to the Board, who will perform such secretarial duties as may be allotted to him, and who will keep and distribute as directed all agenda minutes, recommendations, and decisions of the Board.

Rules of business.

6. (i) Matters of routine will be decided by, and dealt with in the name of, the responsible Member of the Air Board, who, if he thinks fit, may delegate such duty to subordinates as he may decide.

(ii) Any Member of the Board may refer to the Board such matters as he considers should be dealt with or decided by the Board as a whole.

(iii) All decisions of the Board will be communicated to the Air Council and to individual Members thereof for information.

(iv) The Secretary, Air Board, shall prepare an agenda for each meeting of the Board, and Members shall be responsible for the preparation of précis of such matters as shall be submitted by them.

Distribution of duties.

7. The duties assigned to each Member shall be such as the Air Council may from time to time decide on the following principles:—

(1) Upon the following subjects the Air Board shall, in its corporate capacity, submit its recommendations for approval of the Air Council:—

(a) Principles of organization of the Air Force.

(b) The distribution of the Air Force.

(c) The demands for Aircraft of the Naval and Military Departments and the allocation of the Air Force to meet them.

(d) Selection of Air Stations, Aerodromes, Landing Grounds, and Training Stations.

(e) Schemes for Air Force development.

(f) Works and buildings not part of approved policy.

(g) Training, policy the selection and distribution of schools and training establishments.

(h) The selection of the Air Staff of and above such ranks as the Air Council may determine.

(2) The Director of Intelligence and Organization—

(a) Intelligence, in co-operation with Navy and Army.

(b) Preparation of maps and charts.

(c) Air organization—establishments.

(d) Air schemes of defence. Liaison with Navy and Army.

(e) Air Signal and Meteorological Services.

(f) Plans of mobilization.

(g) Advice regarding specification and design of aircraft, engines, armament, ammunition, and other equipment.

(h) Censorship.

(3) The Director of Personnel and Training shall, in general, be charged with the supply, general control, records, and distribution of all personnel for the Air Force, and, in particular, with—

(a) Recruiting, transfers, postings, promotions, discharges, resignations.

(b) Gazettes.

(c) Casualties, leave.

(d) Pay and allowances.

(e) Discipline and all legal questions in connexion therewith

(f) Personal and ceremonial questions.

(g) Proposals for honours and awards.

(h) Arrangements for medical and sanitary services.

(i) Medical Boards, &c., Chaplains.

(j) The administration of training on the policy laid down by the Board.

(4) The Director of Equipment shall, in general, be charged with the provision, storage and issue of the requirements of the Air Force and in particular—

(a) Provision of aircraft, engines, armament, ammunition, and other equipment.

(b) Receipt, inspection, custody, accounting, allotment, distribution and issue of all air equipment, spares, and stores.

(c) Administration of Store and Repair Depôts and Parks.

(d) Repair and reconstruction of aircraft and other equipment.

(e) General supervision of technical work in units.

(f) Salvage of material and disposal of same.

(g) Recorde of aircraft and all other equipment.

(h) Transport of personnel and material by land and sea.

(i) Ordnance and Engineer services.

(j) Feeding, housing, and clothing of Air Force personnel, &c.

(k) Canteens and Regimental Institutes.

(l) Postal arrangements (other than by air).

(5) The Finance Member shall, in general, be responsible for all Air Force Finance and Accounting and in particular for—

(a) Consideration and compilation of Parliamentary Estimates, and submission to the Air Council, after review by the Air Board.

(b) Review of proposals for new expenditure or the redistribution of the sums allotted under the different subheads of Air Force Votes, as approved by the Air Council.

(c) Treasury requirements.

(d) Claims, compensations, pay, &c.


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