Review of the Airports Building Control and Environment Protection Regulations

This discussion paper (the paper) PDF: 740 KB ReadSpeaker is the first stage of a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework for building activities and environment protection at the 19 leased federal airports.

The paper has been prepared by the Airports Branch of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development as the first stage of a review of:

  • the Airports (Building Control) Regulations 1996 (the ABCR) and
  • the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997 (the AEPR).

Both sets of regulations are made under the Airports Act 1996 (the Act). These regulations and the Act can be found at the Australian Government's Comlaw website.

The review is testing how effective and efficient the two sets of regulations are in:

  • contributing to orderly development of airport sites and
  • setting up a Commonwealth system of regulation for pollution and excessive noise (from sources other than aircraft in flight) which promotes better environmental outcomes on airports.

The Department sought comments on the proposed amendments to the ABCR and AEPR, outlined in the discussion paper, to learn about how they might affect businesses operating on airport sites, the local community and surrounding State and local governments. The Department was particularly interested in finding out how it could reduce the compliance burden and make the regulations more efficient and effective.

Comments were sought by close of business on Friday, 7 June 2013. Submissions are currently being reviewed.

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Last Updated: 27 January, 2016