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 Australian businesses and consumers have access to competitive international and domestic air services, along with maintaining aviation safety. This includes:

  • coordinating the implementation of the Australian Government's aviation initiatives;
  • consulting with industry and key stakeholders to ensure the development of a safe, secure, environmentally sustainable and efficient aviation industry that contributes to Australia's future economic prosperity;
  • supporting an effective and efficient civil aviation safety regulatory framework;
  • ensuring Australia's aviation safety-related agencies each have a clear strategic direction in performing their individual and interrelated functions;
  • supporting the continued alignment of Australia's aviation framework with international practice through active membership of the International Civil Aviation Organization and bilateral cooperation;
  • supporting Australian Government initiatives to assist other countries, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island countries, to continue to improve safety and efficiency in the region;
  • providing and coordinating advice on airspace and air traffic management policy issues;
  • leading the implementation of the Australian Government's strategy to develop additional aviation capacity as part of its broader infrastructure investment programme for western Sydney;
  • consulting with stakeholders to ensure an integrated approach to infrastructure planning, investment and development in western Sydney; and
  • supporting measures to maximise the use of existing aviation infrastructure in Sydney, including improvements to surrounding land transport infrastructure.

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 corporate entities—Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Programme 2.4 Expenses

The change in expenses from one year to the next is mainly due to the current funding profile of administered items.
2014–15
Estimated
actual
$'000
2015–16
Budget

$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
2018–19
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 3,035 28,565 6,400 - -
Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport 600 1,874 - - -
International Civil Aviation Organization—contribution 1,813 2,058 2,160 2,284 2,402
Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Regional Aviation Access 18,170 22,107 22,575 22,836 21,042
Sydney West Airport—rental properties 2,600 750 - - -
Payments to corporate entities—Civil Aviation Safety Authority (a) 42,480 42,461 42,451 42,474 42,495
Depreciation and amortisation 1,860 1,860 - - -
Special Appropriation expenses          
Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 1988 115,323 118,600 122,600 126,800 131,300
Programme support 72,976 69,806 47,570 43,348 37,353
Total programme expenses 261,857 291,081 246,756 240,742 237,592

Notes:

  1. Relates to appropriation for corporate entities which is provided through the Department.
Programme 2.4 Deliverables

The following qualitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in 2015–16 and the forward years in meeting its objective.
  • Policy advice to the Australian Government on current and emerging aviation policy issues.
  • Implement Australian Government aviation policy initiatives.
  • Establish agreements which provide increased flexibility and capacity, consistent with Australian Government policy.
  • Implement the Australian Government's response to the recommendations of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.
  • Regulate leased airports in accordance with the Airports Act 1996.
  • Assess Master Plans and Major Development Plans in accordance with legislative requirements and advice provided to the Minister.
  • Monitor aviation environmental impact on communities including aircraft noise to ensure operator compliance with airport curfews and aircraft noise certification requirements, and appropriate noise disclosure in Airport Master Plans.
  • Work with industry to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulatory provisions for aviation operations and airports.
  • Administer regulatory provisions effectively.
  • Support for air access to regional and remote communities (Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges and Regional Aviation Access administered items) to reduce the cost of airlines providing regular public services to designated remote communities, reduce the cost of air operators providing aeromedical services to regional and remote areas, and improve safety and access at remote airstrips.
  • Implement the Australian Government's strategy for additional aviation infrastructure in western Sydney.
The following quantitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables 2014–15
Estimated
actual
2015–16
Budget
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
2018–19
Forward
estimate
Number of air services consultations with economies 25 15 15 15 15
Programme 2.4 Key performance indicators

The following qualitative key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme in 2015–16 and the forward years, assess the programme's performance in meeting its objective.
  • Policy advice is influential in the Australian Government's response to current and emerging international and domestic aviation industry issues.
  • Aviation regulation, policies and administered items support ongoing investment in safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aviation infrastructure and operations by entities and industry.
  • The approach to infrastructure planning, investment and development in western Sydney is integrated through consultation and coordination with key stakeholders.
  • Aviation industry operates within a clear and robust regulatory framework.
  • Aviation entity governance arrangements operate effectively.
  • Businesses and consumers have access to competitive international and domestic air services.
  • Regulatory frameworks take account of industry needs and are appropriately meeting policy objectives.
  • Collaboration with industry is effective in continuously monitoring regulatory frameworks.
  • Cost of airlines providing regular public services to designated remote communities is reduced.
  • Cost of air operators providing aeromedical services to regional and remote areas is reduced.
  • Safety and access at remote airstrips is improved.

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