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This instrument puts in place a new Statement of Expectations (SOE) which serves as a notice to the Board of Airservices Australia (Airservices) under section 17 of the Air Services Act 1995.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
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Registered 15 May 2017
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR22-May-2017
Tabled Senate13-Jun-2017
Date ceased to have effect 30 Jun 2019
Ceased by Self Ceasing



Statement of Expectations for the Board of Airservices Australia for the Period 22 May 2017 to 30 June 2019

I, Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, make the following instrument.

Dated Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Darren Chester

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

1.        Overview

This instrument is known as the Statement of Expectations for the Board of Airservices Australia for the Period 22 May 2017 to 30 June 2019.

This instrument commences on 22 May 2017 and expires at the end of 30 June 2019 as if it had been repealed by another instrument. This instrument repeals the previous Statement of Expectations for the Board of Airservices Australia for the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2015 and the Statement of Expectations for the Board of Airservices Australia for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017.

This instrument puts in place a new Statement of Expectations (SOE) which serves as a notice to the Board of Airservices Australia (Airservices) under section 17 of the Air Services Act 1995 (the Act).

The new SOE outlines in a formal and public way, the Government’s expectations concerning the operations and performance of Airservices.

2.        Governance

Airservices should perform its functions in accordance with the Act, which requires that Airservices must regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration.

Airservices shall also perform its functions in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) as well as other relevant legislation.

Airservices should maintain high standards of professionalism, service, probity, reporting, accountability and transparency, consistent with the provisions of the PGPA Act and have a code of conduct and values consistent with excellence in the public sector.

I expect that the Board and the Chief Executive Officer will work together to enable Airservices to operate as a world leading Air Traffic Control and Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS) provider, backed by the requisite facilities and skilled workforce.

I also expect the Board to ensure Airservices has the necessary resources and capabilities in place to effectively assist in the delivery of the key aviation initiatives outlined below.

3.        Key Aviation Initiatives

I expect Airservices, in conducting its service provision and related roles, to:

(a)           complete the safe and effective implementation of its recent organisational change program, known as the Accelerate Program (noting the Program is scheduled for completion on 30 June 2017) and undertake a post implementation review of the Program by 30 December 2017;

(b)          progress implementation of a new national air traffic system under the OneSKY project including Government endorsed harmonisation initiatives with the Department of Defence (Defence);

(c)           cooperate fully with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in their safety regulatory oversight of the OneSKY project;

(d)          work with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (Department), CASA and Defence in providing advice on options for enhancing the level of safety and efficiency of Australian controlled airspace including at major regional airports;

(e)           work with the Department and CASA in the implementation of the agreed recommendations arising out of the ARFFS regulatory policy review;

(f)           work with the Department and CASA in modernising airspace protection policy;

(g)          assist in implementing the Government’s environmental initiatives including:

-       supporting the ongoing role of the independent Aircraft Noise Ombudsman (ANO) and implementation of agreed recommendations made by the ANO;

-       appropriate resourcing of the Noise Complaints and Information Service to continue to improve the flow and quality of information to noise affected communities;

-       the ongoing commitment to the Sydney Airport Long Term Operating Plan as required by Legislative Instrument F2009B00158;

-       working with the Department and industry on issues related to environmental contamination, including per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), where it is a result of Airservices operations;

-       providing and reporting against an annual environment work program which outlines Airservices ongoing and new initiatives in managing, monitoring and alleviating, where safe and practicable, environmental effects of aircraft operations;

-       continue the wider use of space based navigation approaches such as Required Navigation Performance, as appropriate, at Australian airports following consultation with other Government agencies, community and industry stakeholders; and

(h)          continue to support the Government’s safety and capability building initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region and the Memorandum of Understanding, regarding the management of Australia’s International Civil Aviation Organization responsibilities.

4.        Stakeholder Engagement

I expect that in performing its functions Airservices will:

(a)    undertake effective and ongoing engagement with the community, industry and Government on the development and implementation of significant changes by Airservices to air traffic and ARFFS;

(b)   engage constructively in processes where it can provide information, assistance or advice for policy formulation, implementation and regulation undertaken by Government agencies, both within and outside my portfolio;

(c)    contribute to a coordinated approach to airport planning including appropriate participation in, and providing information to, planning coordination forums, community aviation consultation groups, and the National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group;

(d)   keep the Secretary of the Department and me fully informed of Airservices’ actions in relation to the requirements stated in this SOE, and promptly advise about any events or issues that may impact on the operations of Airservices, including the provision of timely quarterly reports of progress against the Corporate Plan and advice on the Accelerate Program and the OneSKY project; and

(e)    work closely with the Department, including the Western Sydney Unit, and other Government agencies, including the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, CASA and Defence to deliver integrated and comprehensive safety advice to the Government, the aviation industry and the community.