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Airport Development and Aviation Noise Ombudsman Bill 2006

Part 2 Establishment, functions and powers of the Airport Development and Aviation Noise Ombudsman

   

5   Establishment

                   As soon as practicable after the commencement of this Act, an Airport Development and Aviation Noise Ombudsman shall be appointed by the Minister.

6   Functions

             (1)  The Ombudsman shall serve as a point of liaison between the Minister and the public in relation to the impact on populated areas of:

                     (a)  airport developments; and

                     (b)  aircraft noise from aircraft arriving at or departing from all aerodromes subject to the Civil Aviation Act 1988 .

             (2)  The Ombudsman shall advise the Minister on the likely impact of carrying out plans for airport development on populated areas affected by the development.

             (3)  The Ombudsman shall be consulted when AA or any other relevant agency proposes any changes to aircraft routes in order to ensure that any route changes minimise aircraft noise in populated areas.

             (4)  The Ombudsman shall refer any complaints in relation to:

                     (a)  aircraft noise in populated areas; or

                     (b)  airport developments that may impact on populated areas;

to the Commonwealth Ombudsman who shall take appropriate action in relation to such complaints.

7   Powers

                   The Ombudsman has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of his or her functions.

8   Consultation

                   In the performance of his or her functions and the exercise of his or her powers, the Ombudsman must, where appropriate, consult with government, commercial, industry, consumer, community and other relevant bodies and organisations.

9   Appointment and remuneration

             (1)  A person appointed as the Ombudsman holds office for the period (not longer than 3 years) specified in the instrument of appointment, but is eligible for re-appointment.

             (2)  The Ombudsman is to be paid the remuneration determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (3)  The remuneration of the Ombudsman is to be paid out of funding appropriated by the Parliament for the operation of the Minister’s portfolio.

             (4)  Expenditure by the Ombudsman in performance of his or her functions is to be funded from funds appropriated by the Parliament for the operation of the Minister’s portfolio.

10   Regulations

                   The Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted under this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.