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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.

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

Components of Program 2.4:

(a) Implementation of a National Aviation Policy White Paper

The Department will continue to coordinate the implementation of the Australian Government's long term policy objectives as outlined in the National Aviation Policy White Paper. The Aviation Policy 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) Implementation of recommendation in the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region

The Department will provide advice to the Australian Government as it continues to address the need for additional aviation capacity in the Sydney region.

(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 Australian Government initiatives to assist other countries, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island countries, to continue to improve the safety and efficiency in the region.

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 Australian Government policies.

(e) Managing airport infrastructure

The Department ensures the Australian 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 Australian 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 255 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 through the recent RAU funding round as well as the four previous funding rounds under RASP and is vital for the provision of access to essential air services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Administered items

  • Airport Lessee Companies—reimbursement of parking fines
  • 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
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.
  2012–13
 Revised
Budget
$'000
2013–14
  Budget

$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses  
Airport Lessee Companies - reimbursement of parking fines 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport - 2,000 3,000 - -
International Civil Aviation Organization - contribution 1,446 1,519 1,598 1,618 1,637
Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Regional Aviation Access 24,627 18,834 18,184 12,339 12,610
Sydney West Airport - rental properties 2,757 2,757 2,600 2,600 2,600
Payments to CAC Act bodies - CASA 42,521 42,460 42,527 42,576 42,618
Depreciation and amortisation 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166
Special Appropriation expenses Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 19881 118,200 123,956 125,281 128,994 132,826
Program support 38,303 38,072 35,264 35,219 34,249
Total program expenses 231,520 233,264 232,120 227,012 230,206

Notes:

  1. 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. 2012–13 Revised budget Substantial progression of White paper initiatives.
2013–14 Budget Substantial completion of White Paper initiatives.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Businesses and consumers have access to competitive international and domestic air services. Agreements which provide increased flexibility and capacity are established, consistent with Australian Government policy. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Air services talks with key countries.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 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. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Master and Major Development Plans assessed in accordance with legislative requirements.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Aviation environmental impact on communities including aircraft noise is monitored to ensure operator compliance with airport curfews and aircraft noise certification requirements, and appropriate noise disclosure in Airport Master Plans. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Dispensation reports tabled; compliance with airport curfews; monitoring of marginally compliant chapter 3 aircraft movements; and continued improvements in aircraft noise information tools.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 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). 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Financial assistance provided to air operators so that regional communities can have access to medical services. Safety and access at remote airstrips improved.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Implementation of the Australian Government's response to the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Progress all elements of the Australian Government's aviation strategy for aviation capacity in the Sydney region.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 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. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Substantial completion of any remaining National Aviation Policy White Paper initiatives.
2014–15 Forward year 1 N/A.
2015–16 Forward year 2 N/A.
2016–17 Forward year 3 N/A.
Aviation regulation, policies and administered items effectively support future investment in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aviation infrastructure. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Ongoing investment in infrastructure by government agencies and industry.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Access to air services for remote communities is maintained or improved. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Funding is provided and projects are progressed in accordance with contractual requirements.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.

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