Compromised separation recovery training deficiencies existed within the Department of Defence at the time of the occurrence, increasing the risk of inappropriate management of aircraft in close proximity.
Note: This safety issue was identified as part of ATSB investigation AO-2012-131 as safety issue AO-2012-131-SI-05 and resulted in the ATSB issuing safety recommendation AO‑2012‑131‑SR‑042 on 2 October 2014 (after the date of this occurrence at Townsville). The information below is a summary of the action taken by the Department of Defence (Defence) at that time. That action resulted in the ATSB determining that, overall, the safety action by Defence adequately addressed safety issue AO-2012-131-SI-05.
Safety action taken by the Department of Defence in response to the previous safety issue AO-2012-131-SI-05
In response to safety issue AO-2012-131-SR-042, Defence initiated regular refresher training for current controllers and developed extensive training methods to ensure a high level of controller familiarity with compromised separation recovery actions.