Transport

Program 2.4—Air Transport

Highlights

The Department continued with implementation of more than 130 initiatives detailed in the Australian Government's Aviation White Paper, which was released in December 2009.

Key achievements in 2010–11 included:

  • implementation of enhanced arrangements for planning and development at federal airports, including passage of amendments to the Airports Act 1996 and establishment of planning coordination forums and community aviation consultation groups
  • initiatives to better manage the impact of aircraft noise, such as new regulations to restrict the operation of noisy freight jets from Australia's major airports, and the appointment of the first Aircraft Noise Ombudsman, Mr Ron Brent, who began work on 1 September 2010, and
  • the development and publication of Australia's first State Safety Program.

Overview

Program 2.4 was delivered through the work of the Aviation and Airports Division with input from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), ensuring that the aviation industry operated within a clear and robust safety regulatory environment and by facilitating access to competitive international and domestic air services for Australian businesses and consumers.

Summary of performance

Tables 4.10 and 4.11 summarise the Department's results in delivering Program 2.4 against the key performance indicators and deliverables and their targets published in the 2010–11 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS).

Table 4.10 Summary of performance—Program 2.4 key performance indicators
Key performance indicator Target Result
Policy advice is influential in the Government's response to current and emerging international and domestic aviation industry issues. White Paper implementation progressed. 10–11 Achieved 09–10 Achieved
The December 2009 Aviation White Paper outlined a number of short, medium and long-term initiatives. Of the more than 130 initiatives detailed in the White Paper, more than half have been completed or are substantially under way, and other initiatives are in progress.
Aviation regulation, policies and administered items effectively support future investment in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aviation infrastructure. Ongoing investment in infrastructure by government agencies and industry. Airservices Australia has committed to invest almost $1.0 billion in new and enhanced air traffic and rescue and fire-fighting infrastructure and services over five years.

The Aviation White Paper includes initiatives to facilitate airport industry investment.
Access to air services for remote communities is maintained or improved. Funded projects are completed and the Department manages all projects funded by the Government in accordance with contractual requirements. The scheme provided 252 remote and isolated communities across 10 geographical regions with access to a regular air service for the carriage of passengers and goods including medicines, fresh food and educational materials.

Air operator contracts were managed according to contractual requirements.

Results Key

Achieved All targets for 2010–11 were met or exceeded
Not achieved None or minimal progress was made against targets in 2010–11
Partially achieved Some targets were met, and any issues are being managed
Substantially achieved Targets were mostly met, and any issues are being managed
Table 4.11 Summary of performance—Program 2.4 deliverables
Deliverable Target Result
Aviation industry operates within a clear and robust regulatory framework. New aviation safety agency governance arrangements implemented. White paper implementation progressed. The Aviation White Paper was launched by the Minister in December 2009. Implementation of initiatives began immediately.

Funding was allocated in the 2010–11 Budget, enabling legislation was progressed through Parliament, and new regulations were established.

CASA and the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing continue to complete the regulatory reform program, a major package of maintenance regulations which came into effect from June 2011.
Businesses and consumers have access to competitive international and domestic air services. Agreements which provide increased flexibility and capacity are established, consistent with Government policy. 10 sets of air services talks with key countries. 10 sets of air services talks and correspondence with a further 18 countries resulted in expanded opportunities for airlines to develop new and existing markets.

Discussions continued with the European Commission on the proposed comprehensive air services agreement with the European Union.
Leased airports are regulated in accordance with the Airports Act 1996. Master Plans and Major Development Plans assessed in accordance with legislative requirements and advice provided to Minister. Master and Major Development Plans assessed in accordance with legislative requirements The Department assessed a number of airport statutory planning documents and provided advice to the Minister in accordance with the requirements of the Airports Act 1996. The documents included master plans for Adelaide, Alice Springs, Bankstown, Brisbane, Camden, Darwin, Essendon, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Moorabbin and Townsville airports.
Aviation environmental impact on communities including aircraft noise is monitored, to ensure operator compliance with airport curfews; implementation of Government's noise amelioration programs (Adelaide and Fort Street); and appropriate noise disclosure in Airport Master Plans. Dispensation reports tabled; compliance with airport curfews; establishment of new regulations to restrict marginally compliant chapter 3 aircraft, continued improvements in aircraft noise information tools. Dispensation reports were tabled for all airports under curfew. All compliance with curfew requirements was monitored and enforced.

Insulation work continued on two churches that were identified as eligible buildings in 2008–09. Work on the two churches is due to be completed in September 2011. All other insulation works are complete.

The Department continues to monitor annually the noise contours in Sydney and Adelaide to ascertain the impact of aircraft noise on residents living around the Sydney and Adelaide Airports.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance. Administered items were administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
Air access to regional and remote communities is supported. (Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges and Regional Aviation Access). Costs for airlines providing regular public and/or aeromedical services to regional areas reduced. Safety of airstrips improved. The Regional Aviation Access Scheme provided 252 remote and isolated communities across 10 geographical regions with access to a regular air service for the carriage of passengers and goods including medicines, fresh food and educational materials.

Air operator contracts managed according to contractual requirements.

19 airlines sought assistance under the en route scheme during 2010–11. Payments were made in a timely manner.

Table 4.12 provides a summary of the results achieved by each of the administered items under program 2.4.

Table 4.12 Summary of performance—Program 2.4 administered items

Administered item Result
Airport Lessee Companies—reimbursement of parking fines. The Department reimbursed the participating airports an agreed proportion of parking infringement revenue collected and remitted to the Australian Government.
Fort Street High School—noise insulation. The New South Wales Government is managing this project on behalf of the Commonwealth under a National Partnership Agreement. The project is being carried out over a series of stages to minimise the impact on students and school operations. Payments are made on completion of milestones and progress reports.
Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport. Insulation work continued on two churches that were identified as eligible buildings in 2008–09. Work on the two churches is due to be completed in September 2011. All other insulation works are complete.
International Civil Aviation Organization—contribution. Australia actively participated in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council during 2010–11, having two employees based in the Montreal office representing Australia in ICAO Council matters and on the ICAO Air Navigation Commission.
Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges. 19 airlines sought assistance during 2010–11. The Department paid invoices in a timely manner, conducting payment runs weekly.
Regional Aviation Access. Upgrades to a total of 74 aerodromes in remote locations across Australia began under the program in 2010–11. These upgrades will improve safety and access for aircraft operators and their passengers, through a range of infrastructure measures such as:
  • runway sealing, resealing and pavement repairs
  • installation of runway lighting to enable night operations, including medical evacuations, and
  • installation of animal-proof perimeter fences.
The 74 airstrips include 42 funded through co-funding arrangements under the Remote Aerodrome Safety Program funding component, and 32 at remote Indigenous communities funded under the Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund component of Regional Aviation Access Program (RAAP).
Sydney West Airport—rental properties. The Department effectively administered the leases to ensure that the Australian Government met its obligations as a landlord. This included authorising maintenance and paying water and land rates.

The budget and actual expenditure for each administered item is listed in appendix A.

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Last Updated: 29 October, 2014