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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16515

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 13 April 2000:

(1) Have certain employees, including senior executives of Airservices Australia, signed a workplace agreement with their employer, which rewards them for implementation of (a) The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) and (b) the Precision Radar Monitor (PRM) System; if so, will this hinder the implementation of the Long Term Operating Plan.

(2) Has Airservices Australia provided evidence to the PRM System Commission of Inquiry; if so, did Airservices Australia disclose to the Commission the existence of any workplace agreement between any of its employees and their employer, for the implementation of TAAATS or the PRM System.

Mr Anderson (Deputy Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Airservices Australia advise the following:

There are no individual workplace agreements(AWA's) with employees which specifically provide a reward linked to implementation of The Australian Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS) or Precision Radar Monitor (PRM).

The 1998 Corporate Certified Agreement does provide for an additional leave provision associated with TAAATS training by air traffic controllers in return for extra hours worked.

The implementation of TAAATS had a minor impact on the LTOP at Sydney over the period from the end of July 1999 to mid October 1999.

The Sydney Airport Community Forum was advised of possible LTOP implications at the time.

(2) Airservices Australia advise that it provided evidence to the PRM Inquiry and that there are no individual workplace agreements of the type specified by the honourable member, therefore disclosure was not an issue.