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Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Program 2.4: Air transport
Program 2.4 Objective

The Air transport program contributes to Outcome 2 by ensuring the aviation industry operates within a clear and robust safety regulatory environment and by facilitating access to competitive international and domestic air services for Australian businesses and consumers.

Components of Program 2.4:

Through Program 2.4 the Department undertakes a range of functions including supporting the aviation safety framework, expanding aviation markets and managing the Government's interests in airport infrastructure as follows:

(a) Implementation of a National Aviation Policy White Paper

The Department will coordinate the implementation of the Government's long term policy objectives as outlined in the National Aviation Policy White Paper. The Aviation White Paper provides clear direction for the users of aviation services and commitments for communities affected by aviation activities. The Department will continue to consult with industry and key stakeholders to ensure the development of a safe, secure and efficient aviation industry that will contribute to Australia's future economic prosperity.

(b) Sydney Basin Aviation Joint Study

The Department will continue to co-chair with the NSW Government a joint study to develop a strategic aviation plan for the Sydney region.  The Study will identify additional aviation capacity for the region over the short to long term, and consider future planning, zoning and release of land at the Commonwealth's Badgerys Creek site. The Study is due to be completed in 2011-12.

(c) Maintaining aviation safety

The Department will work with Government aviation agencies and industry in maintaining Australia's civil aviation safety record by supporting an effective regulatory framework and ensuring Australia's aviation safety related agencies are well-placed to meet the challenges of an evolving aviation environment. The Department will also support the continued alignment of Australia's aviation framework with international practice through active membership of the International Civil Aviation Organization and bilateral cooperation. The Department will support Government initiatives to assist other countries, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific nations, to continue to improve the safety and efficiency of aviation in the region.

During 2011-12, the Department will continue to coordinate and assist, in conjunction with other aviation agencies, the implementation of air safety and traffic management policy initiatives announced in the Aviation White Paper.

(d) Expanding aviation markets

The Department will continue to support the expansion of Australia's international and domestic aviation markets in accordance with Government policies.

(e) Managing airport infrastructure


The Department ensures the Government's interests in the 21 leased federal airports are managed effectively and regulates these airports in accordance with all relevant legislation. The Department delivers administered items that ameliorate the impact of aviation operations on adjacent communities. The Department ensures the Government meets its obligations as a landlord for commercial and residential rental properties at Badgerys Creek.

(f) Supporting sustainable development

The Department administers the following items in order to target opportunities for economic and social participation by, variously, improving access to services, assisting local councils to deliver infrastructure projects, helping communities to plan for sustainable futures and supporting structural adjustment. The following initiatives are undertaken under the Regional Aviation Access Program (RAAP).
  • RAAP Funding Component 1 - Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme: This Scheme supports 252 remote communities by subsidising a weekly air service for the carriage of passengers and essential freight to remote areas which would otherwise not receive such a service.
  • RAAP Funding Component 2 Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund (RAIF): This component provides funding for aviation safety upgrade works at aerodromes that service remote Indigenous communities receiving a RASS service.  To date, works at 32 remote aerodromes have been included in tender processes.
  • RAAP Funding Component 3 Remote Aerodrome Safety Program (RASP): This program assists local councils to deliver aviation safety upgrades at remote aerodromes.  51 projects were approved for funding in the 2010-11 round.
(g) Economic regulation of airports

The Department will be contributing to the Productivity Commission Review of the airport economic regulatory arrangements and implementing the Government's response.

Administered items
  • Airport Lessee Companies reimbursement of parking fines
  • Fort Street High School - noise insulation(a)
  • Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport
  • International Civil Aviation Organization contribution
  • Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges
  • Regional Aviation Access
  • Sydney West Airport rental properties
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies CASA

Notes:

  1. The Department of the Treasury is appropriated for payments to and through states and territories for National Partnership payments. Further information on these programs can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements.
Program 2.4 Expenses
The fluctuation in expenses from one year to the next is due mainly to the changing profile of expenses for some administered items.
  2010-11
Revised
Budget
$'000
2011-12
Budget

$'000
2012-13
Forward
year 1
$'000
2013-14
Forward
year 2
$'000
2014-15
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses(a)  
Airport Lessee Companies -
reimbursement of parking fines
1 500 1 500 1 500 1 500 1 500
Implementation of noise
amelioration for Adelaide Airport
3 200 3 750 0 0 0
International Civil Aviation
Organization - contribution
1 411 1 480 1 558 1 655 1 759
Payment scheme for Airservices
Australia's en route charges
6 000 6 000 1 000 1 000 1 000
Regional Aviation Access 22 229 32 748 24 650 11 930 12 206
Sydney West Airport - rental
properties
2 353 2 353 2 353 2 353 2 353
Payments to CAC Act bodies -
CASA
42 779 42 739 42 752 42 772 42 797
Depreciation and amortisation 1 062 1 062 1 062 1 062 1 062
Special Appropriation expenses  
Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special
Appropriation) Act 1988(b)
104 929 111 859 116 832 124 275 131 011
Program support 45 951 40 347 41 113 42 686 40 490
Total program expenses 231 414 243 838 232 820 229 233 234 178

Notes:

  1. Excludes expenses for the Fort Street High School - noise insulation administered item for payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury.
  2. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.
Program 2.4 Deliverables
The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the program in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
Aviation industry operates within a clear and robust regulatory framework. Aviation safety agency governance arrangements operate effectively. 2010-11 Revised budget White paper implementation progressed.
2011-12 Budget Substantial progression of White paper initiatives.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Substantial completion of White Paper initiatives.
2013-14 Forward year 2 N/A.
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A.
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. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget 10 sets of air services talks with key countries.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
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. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Master and Major Development Plans assessed in accordance with legislative requirements.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
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. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget 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. Completion of Fort Street and Adelaide aircraft noise amelioration programs.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Air access to regional and remote communities is supported. (Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges and Regional Aviation Access administered items). 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Costs of airlines providing regular public and/or aeromedical services to regional areas reduced. Safety of airstrips improved.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Program 2.4 Key performance indicators
The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the program, measure the effectiveness of the program in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Policy advice is influential in the Government's response to current and emerging international and domestic aviation industry issues. 2010-11 Revised budget White Paper implementation progressed.
2011-12 Budget Substantial progression on White Paper initiatives.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Substantial completion of any remaining White Paper initiatives.
2013-14 Forward year 2 N/A.
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A.
Aviation regulation, policies and administered items effectively support future investment in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aviation infrastructure. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Ongoing investment in infrastructure by government agencies and industry.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Access to air services for remote communities is maintained or improved. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Funded projects are completed and the Department manages all projects funded by the Government in accordance with contractual requirements.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.

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