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Encourage operation of airports for which the portfolio has responsibility in a way that balances commercial and public interests

Key strategy Performance indicators Achievement
Encourage operation of airports for which the portfolio has responsibility in a way that balances commercial and public interests.
(Contributing division: Transport Regulation)
Airports achieving long run profitability while delivering high quality services at a reasonable cost to users and meeting environmental and other regulatory requirements. Substantially achieved

Key achievements

The department develops and administers regulations on the operation of airports. In 2002-03 key achievements in working to balance commercial and public interests in the operation of airports included the following:

  • Minimising the adverse environmental impacts of airport operations, especially on communities around airports by ensuring airports continue to comply with the Airports Act and Environment Protection Regulations.

  • Improving communications between airports and communities.
    The department is continuing to develop new aircraft noise communication concepts in an effort to facilitate the building of trust between airports and their communities. The use of these concepts is being promoted through the development of the Transparent Noise Information Package (TNIP) software package.
    The department and Environment Australia jointly released a publication in June 2003 entitled Guidance Material for Selecting and Providing Aircraft Noise Information. The publication is designed to encourage the use of the new concepts in airport master planning and environmental impact assessment processes, with a view to facilitating greater transparency.

  • Monitoring the leased federal airports' compliance with legislative obligations including the economic (pricing practices and quality of service issues), ownership and on-airport activity provisions of the Airports Act 1996.
    Most airport lessee companies at the major airports continue to report positive earnings on operations, that is before interest and tax. Quality of service monitoring by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) also indicates that airport users are generally satisfied with the quality of service provided by airport operators. This is pleasing in light of the local and global shocks that have affected the aviation industry in recent years and resulted in airports operating in a rapidly changing and demanding environment.

  • Monitoring the leased federal airports' compliance with contractual obligations to the Commonwealth pursuant to sale agreements and airport leases.
    The department conducted comprehensive lease review meetings with all major airport lessee companies, except for the Sydney Basin Airports. Through those meetings the department was able to ascertain that the airport lessee companies were compliant with all sale agreements and lease obligations.

  • Developing a new administrative regime for the calculation and remittance of ex-gratia payments in lieu of land tax paid by federal airport lessee companies.
    During the year, the department undertook a review of land tax arrangements with the leased federal airports. As a result of the review, revised guidelines were prepared for airport operators to enable them to remit ex-gratia payments in lieu of land tax to the Commonwealth in an efficient and effective manner pursuant to obligations under the airport leases.

  • In administering the Airports Act and regulatory regime:
    - dealt with all applications submitted by airport users for approval of airport subleases or licences
    - provided advice to the minister on land-use planning issues affecting leased federal airports including advice on master plans and major development plans
    - commenced the review of the Airports Act 1996 with terms of reference announced in November 2002, including analysis of 60 submissions received from a broad range of stakeholders in preparation for a report to the minister.

  • Administering the Badgerys Creek properties effectively
    The department ensured all 245 properties remained in good condition as appropriate and were suitable for rental for commercial and residential purposes.

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Minimise the adverse environmental impacts of airport operations, especially on communities around airports

Key strategy Performance indicators Achievement
Minimise the adverse environmental impacts of airport operations, especially on communities around airports.
(Contributing divisions: Transport Programmes and Transport Regulation)
Measures to govern aircraft noise emissions and aircraft curfews are in place and observed. Partially achieved

Key achievements

A major achievement in 2002-03 was the successful insulation of over 320 residences and four public buildings in Adelaide and Sydney to reduce the impact of aircraft noise. On completion of noise insulation works, residents were surveyed to gauge the effectiveness of work undertaken. Eighty-eight per cent of homeowners surveyed in Adelaide and 80 per cent in Sydney rated the work as very good or excellent.

Achievements associated with the administration of regulations to minimise the adverse environmental impacts of airport operations are outlined below. The department administered:

  • Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 1984 to ensure compliance with the measures that are in place to manage the impact of aircraft noise on the community.
    Approximately 68 noise permits and dispensations were issued in 2002-03.
    A new policy to regulate the operation of adventure flights was released for public comment in February 2002. Regulatory change to implement the policy is to be completed in 2003-04.

  • Air Navigation (Fuel Spillage) Regulations 1999 to ensure compliance with measures intended for controlling fuel venting by aircraft.
    The department investigated reports of aircraft dumping fuel to ensure that fuel venting is only resorted to for flight safety reasons, and only in accordance with Air Traffic Control clearance.

  • Curfew legislation and regulations for airports situated in heavily built-up areas (Sydney Curfew Act, Adelaide Curfew Act, Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations and Air Navigation (Coolangatta Airport Curfew) Regulations) in order to control aircraft noise impact.
    Designated curfew officers are on call 24 hours for 365 days a year to accept and decide on applications for curfew dispensation.

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Support the development nationally of measures for addressing the greenhouse, health and amenity side effects of transport services

Key strategy Performance indicators Achievement
Support the development nationally of measures for addressing the greenhouse, health and amenity side effects of transport services.
(Contributing division: Economic Research and Portfolio Policy)
Measures being implemented by governments and the transport industry which are effective in meeting greenhouse emissions, smog and noise objectives. Partially achieved

Key achievements

Action the department undertook to address issues of greenhouse and air quality included:

  • contributing to the development of the government's Climate Change Forward Strategy
  • close involvement in developing the first national strategy and action plan to address emissions from urban transport (agreed by the ATC in August 2002)
  • contributing to the work on fuel excise arrangements by the Prime Minister's Energy Task Force
  • providing input on environmental strategies to the government's AusLink initiative
  • contributing to the development of Australia's first Green Vehicle Guide for new car buyers.

The department also has responsibility for developing vehicle standards covering air quality and noise emissions. During 2002-03, a major effort went into the Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards Review (under the Motor Vehicle Environment Committee banner) which is examining the case for the further round of improved vehicle and fuel standards dealing with air quality and greenhouse emissions.

The Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics produced four research publications in 2002-03 contributing to an improved understanding of economic and social factors influencing the sustainability and accessibility of transport. These included Greenhouse gas emissions from transport: Australian trends to 2020 (Report 107), which comprises a new and comprehensive set of emissions projections by transport mode and jurisdiction.

Projections from this report and from Greenhouse gas emissions from Australian transport: a macro modelling approach (Working Paper 52) have been used in meeting Australia's international climate change reporting obligations. Information Sheet 21 summarises the two publications. Improving transport on the Warringah Peninsula-Issues and options (Working Paper 53) analyses an urban traffic congestion problem in the Sydney region.

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