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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 140


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 22 December 2005:

(1)   On what date did Airservices Australia’s current review of pricing arrangements for airport control towers commence.

(2)   When will the review findings be announced.

(3)   What stakeholders have been consulted.

(4)   Has a draft report been presented to the Minister and/or his office; if so, on what date.

(5)   By airport, what subsidies were paid to airports under the scheme in the 2003-04 financial year.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

Airservices Australia has advised that:

(1)   Airservices Australia formally commenced a review of pricing arrangements for its regulated services - en route, terminal navigation (including towers), and aviation rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) - on 27 August 2003.         The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) commenced its review of the pricing proposal on 12 August 2004.

(2)   The ACCC announced its final decision on Airservices Australia’s pricing proposal on 17 December 2004.

(3)   Airservices Australia endeavoured to consult with all of its almost 3000 customers, the airports at which it provides or is planning to provide a service, and various Federal and State Government Ministers and Government Agencies.

To develop the review process and principles, Airservices Australia consulted with major airlines and industry representative bodies. These included: the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Qantas Airways, Board of Airline Representatives Australia (BARA), Virgin Blue, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, Regional Express, Australian Airports Association, Aircraft Owners and Operators Association (AOPA), Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA). Subsequently, all customers were directly advised of the review and invited to make submissions. Over 600 written responses were received from customers and other interested parties including councils, state and federal politicians.

In addition, the ACCC conducted its own consultation process and received several written submissions.

(4)   Airservices Australia’s pricing proposal was placed on the public record on 12 August 2004 when it was submitted to the ACCC for its review. The ACCC’s final decision including detailed reasons was released on 17 December 2004 and is available on its website.

(5)   In total, a $7m subsidy was paid to Airservices Australia in 2003-04 in respect of these locations:

Bankstown

$685,308

Camden

$94,248

Coffs Harbour

$142,476

Tamworth

$787,008

Albury

$440,088

Essendon

$944,916

Launceston

$242,748

Moorabbin

$647,280

Parafield

$520,968

Archerfield

$865,296

Mackay

$308,964

Rockhampton

$267,024

Maroochydore

$429,768

Jandakot

$623,910