Appendix E: Reports under aviation legislation
The information in this appendix supplements that in parts 3 and 5 of this report.
Section 29(1) of the Air Navigation Act 1920 requires the Department to report on the administration and operation of this Act and the regulations during the year that ended on 30 June, and on such other matters concerning civil aviation the Secretary considers should be included in the report.
The Department continued to regulate scheduled international air services in accordance with the Air Navigation Act and associated regulations. The Department granted 448 timetable approvals, 305 timetable variations, eight non-scheduled flight approvals and five approvals for new International Airline Licences in 2016–17.
Environment authorisations and protection orders
Paragraph 5.15(2) of the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997 requires the Department to report within its annual report the notification of environmental authorisations.
The Department may authorise an airport to undertake action, which may result in environmental emissions limits being exceeded, where the emissions would be no more damaging to the environment than if the limits were met. No environmental authorisations took place during the reporting period.
The Department may make an environment protection order under part 7, division 1 of the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997 directing an airport to comply with a duty to avoid polluting to preserve habitat, or to prevent offensive noise. No environment protection orders were made during the reporting period.
Aircraft noise levy collection
Section 20 of the Aircraft Noise Levy Collection Act 1995 requires the Department's annual report to report to include adherence to the Aircraft Noise Levy Act 1995 and the Aircraft Noise Levy Collection Act.
In 2016–17, the Department did not take any reportable actions under either of these Acts and there were no breaches of these Acts.