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Thursday, 30 September 1999
Page: 9315

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 12 August 1999:

(1) When was the Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) Configuration Control Board established.

(2) (a) On how many occasions has the board met since July 1996; (b) what are its key functions; and (c) who sits on the board.

(3) Has the membership of the board varied since it was first established; if so, what changes in membership have occurred since that time.

(4) Does the board investigate problems with the development and implementation of TAAATS; if so: can a schedule be provided of failures in the system noted by the board, including: (a) the nature of each problem; (b) the duration of each problem; and (c) the action taken by Airservices Australia, or contractors, in response to each problem.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) —The Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Airservices Australia have provided the following advice:

(1) The TAAATS Configuration Control Board (CCB) was established in May 1998.

(2) (a) The CCB has had over 90 face to face or telephone conference meetings.

(b) The CCB principle functions are configuration control of the TAAATS system on a national basis and approval of the operational commissioning of the various elements of the system as system readiness and training is completed. In addition, the CCB provides for approval of changes to the system baseline, contract variations and new releases of operational software for TAAATS and associated systems, and endorsement of changes to interfaces that may affect the functionality and performance of the TAAATS system.

(c) The CCB consists of the managers responsible for the major operational business units at Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and the managers responsible for program and project aspects of TAAATS implementation.

The membership of the Board has been expanded to include the Manager, Sydney Operations and the Manager, Terminal Operations.

(4) (a), (b) and (c) The CCB has a continuing role in investigating problems that arise during the development, testing and implementation of TAAATS. TAAATS is a large software based system and the number of reported problems has been at a level that could be expected for a software development of its size and complexity. It would not be practical to provide a schedule of system issues raised in over 90 meetings of technical experts, in a form which would be readily understandable and which would not be open to misinterpretation.