Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Programme 2.4: Air transport
Programme 2.4 Objective
The air transport programme 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 Programme 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 Programme 2.4:
  1. Implementation of the Australian Government's aviation policies
The Department will coordinate the implementation of Australian Government's aviation initiatives, including initiatives set out in the 2013 Coalition's Policy for Aviation. The Department will 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.
  1. Implementation of the Australian Government's strategy to address the need for additional aviation capacity in the Sydney region
The Department will lead the implementation of the Australian Government's strategy to develop additional aviation capacity as part of its broader infrastructure investment programme for western Sydney. This includes implementing the Australian Government's decision that the site for western Sydney's new airport will be the Commonwealth-owned site at Badgerys Creek. In partnership with the New South Wales Government, the Department will consult with stakeholders to ensure an integrated approach to infrastructure planning, investment and development in western Sydney.

The Department will continue to support measures to maximise the use of existing aviation infrastructure in Sydney including improvements to surrounding land transport infrastructure.
  1. Maintaining aviation safety
The Department will work with government aviation agencies and industry in maintaining Australia's civil aviation safety record by supporting a safe and more efficient regulatory framework and ensuring Australia's aviation safety-related agencies each have a clear strategic direction in performing their individual and interrelated functions. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 Programme (RAAP).
  • RAAP Funding Component 1—Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme: This Scheme supports 257 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) programme: This programme provides identified remote Indigenous communities with aerodrome inspections and related services to assist those communities to meet their aviation safety obligations.
  • RAAP Funding Component 3—Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) programme: This programme 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 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
  • Hobart International Airport runway extension—contribution
  • 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
Programme 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.
2013-14
Estimated
actual
$'000
2014-15
Budget

$'000
2015-16
Forward
estimate
$'000
2016-17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017-18
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual administered expenses          
Airport Lessee Companies—reimbursement of parking fines 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Hobart International Airport runway extension—contribution - 5,500 26,100 6,400 -
Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport 30 4,970 - - -
International Civil Aviation Organization—contribution 1,743 1,762 1,851 1,984 2,141
Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges 1,500 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Regional Aviation Access 18,834 18,196 12,325 12,609 12,874
Sydney West Airport—rental properties 2,757 2,600 2,600 2,600 2,600
Payments to CAC Act bodies—CASA 42,460 42,480 42,470 42,464 42,491
Depreciation and amortisation 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166
Special Appropriation expenses          
Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 19881 121,500 125,600 132,200 139,100 146,400
Programme support 41,784 65,132 64,149 51,268 39,922
Total programme expenses 232,774 270,406 285,861 260,591 250,594

Notes:

  1. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.
Programme 2.4 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
1. Aviation industry operates within a clear and robust regulatory framework. Aviation safety agency governance arrangements operate effectively. 2013–14 Estimated actual Advice to incoming government on new aviation policy initiatives and commencement of implementation.
2014–15 Budget Implement Australian Government aviation policy initiatives.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Air services talks with key countries.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
3. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Master and Major Development Plans assessed in accordance with legislative requirements.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
4. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Dispensation reports tabled, compliance with airport curfews and continued improvements in aircraft noise information tools.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
5. Air access to regional and remote communities is supported (Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges and Regional Aviation Access administered items). 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 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.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
6. Implementation of the Australian Government's strategy for additional aviation infrastructure in western Sydney. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Progress the Australian Government's strategy for additional aviation infrastructure in western Sydney.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
7. Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
Programme 2.4 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme, measure the effectiveness of the programme in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
1. Policy advice is influential in the Australian Government's response to current and emerging international and domestic aviation industry issues. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Advice to the Australian Government on aviation policy issues and initiatives and work on implementation of policy directions.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2. Aviation regulation, policies and administered items effectively support future investment in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aviation infrastructure. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing investment in infrastructure by government agencies and industry.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
3. Access to air services for remote communities is maintained or improved. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Funding is provided and projects are progressed in accordance with contractual requirements.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.

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