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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, environmentally sustainable and efficient aviation industry that will contribute to Australia's future economic prosperity.

(b) Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region

The report on aviation capacity for the Sydney region was delivered to the Australian and NSW governments in March 2012. It identified a number of challenges facing aviation in the Sydney region. The Department will provide advice to Government as it considers the study and commence implementation of the Government's policy response.

(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 in the region.

During 2012–13, in conjunction with other aviation agencies, the Department will continue to provide and coordinate advice on air safety and traffic management policy issues.

(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 253 remote communities by subsidising an air service, typically weekly, for the carriage of passengers and essential freight to remote areas which would otherwise not receive such a service.
  • RAAP Funding Component 2—Remote Aerodrome Inspection (RAI) program: This program provides identified remote Indigenous communities with annual aerodrome inspections and related services to assist those communities to meet their aviation safety obligations.
  • RAAP Funding Component 3—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.
  • RAAP Funding Component 4—Remote Aerodrome Safety Program (RASP): This program assists local councils to deliver aviation safety upgrades at remote aerodromes. 151 projects were approved for funding over the four rounds of the Program. The Program has now closed.
  • RAAP Funding Component 5—Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) program: This program provides funding to improve the safety of airstrips in remote and isolated communities in Australia. The new funding builds on the investment made over the last four years through RASP and is vital for the provision of access to essential air services such as the flying doctor.
Administered items
  • Airport Lessee Companies—reimbursement of parking fines
  • 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
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.
2011–12
Revised
Budget
$'000
2012–13
Budget

$'000
2013–14
Forward
year 1
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 2
$'000
2015–16
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 3,919 - - - -
International Civil Aviation Organization—contribution 1,362 1,440 1,515 1,614 1,634
Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges 6,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Regional Aviation Access 32,748 24,627 11,906 12,169 12,438
Sydney West Airport—rental properties 2,353 2,353 2,353 2,353 2,353
Payments to CAC Act bodies—CASA 42,739 42,675 42,695 42,716 42,747
Depreciation and amortisation 1,111 1,079 1,079 1,079 1,079
Special Appropriation expenses  
Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 1988(b) 111,859 111,874 117,872 119,760 124,109
Program support 36,984 34,220 33,978 33,533 33,566
Total program expenses 240,575 220,768 213,898 215,724 220,426

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. 2011–12 Revised budget Substantial progression of White paper initiatives.
2012–13 Budget Substantial completion of White paper initiatives.
2013–14 Forward year 1 N/A.
2014–15 Forward year 2 N/A.
2015–16 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. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Air services talks with key countries.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 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 the Minister. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Master and Major Development Plans assessed in accordance with legislative requirements.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Aviation environmental impact on communities including aircraft noise is monitored, to ensure operator compliance with airport curfews; and appropriate noise disclosure in Airport Master Plans. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 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.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 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). 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Costs of airlines providing regular public services to designated remote communities reduced; and cost of air operators providing aeromedical services to regional and remote areas reduced. Safety and access at remote airstrips improved.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 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. 2011–12 Revised budget Substantial progression on White Paper initiatives.
2012–13 Budget Substantial completion of any remaining White Paper initiatives.
2013–14 Forward year 1 N/A.
2014–15 Forward year 2 N/A.
2015–16 Forward year 3 N/A.
Aviation regulation, policies and administered items effectively support future investment in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aviation infrastructure. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Ongoing investment in infrastructure by government agencies and industry.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Access to air services for remote communities is maintained or improved. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Funded projects are completed and the Department manages all projects funded by the Government in accordance with contractual requirements.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.

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