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This determination amends the Air Navigation (Exemption for Commercial Non-Scheduled Flights) Determination 2019 to remove exemptions for single charter flights carrying passengers where the seating capacity of the aircraft exceeds 80 persons, while the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Declaration 2020 remains in force.
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Registered 13 May 2020
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR14-May-2020
Tabled Senate10-Jun-2020
Date of repeal 07 Oct 2020
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

 

Air Navigation (Exemption for Commercial Non-Scheduled Flights) Amendment Determination 2020

 

The Determination amends the Air Navigation (Exemption for Commercial Non-Scheduled Flights) Determination 2019, which exempts operators from the requirement to obtain permission from the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department) for certain categories of international non-scheduled flights.

 

The Determination removes exemptions for single charter flights carrying passengers where the seating capacity of the aircraft exceeds 80 persons, while the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Declaration 2020 remains in force.

 

Under subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, where an Act confers a power to make, grant or issue any instrument of a legislative or administrative character (including rules, regulations or by-laws), the power shall be construed as including a power exercisable in the like manner and subject to the like conditions (if any) to repeal, rescind, revoke, amend, or vary any such instrument.

 

Sections 1 to 3 are machinery provisions associated with the making of this instrument, including the name of the instrument, the commencement date, and the authority under which the instrument is made.

 

Section 4 refers to Schedule 1 of the instrument which amends the previous Determination made in 2019.

 

The Australian Government regulates non-scheduled flights through an approvals process that enables regulatory authorities to examine compliance with relevant operational requirements and to ensure adequate consumer protection measures are in place. In addition, the approvals process tests whether the proposed non-scheduled flights meet the identified need and ensures such flights are not a substitute for regular scheduled services as provided for under Australia’s bilateral air services arrangements.

 

Section 15A of the Air Navigation Act 1920 (the Act) generally prohibits non-scheduled flights to or from Australia without permission from the Secretary of the Department. However, under subsection 15A(3) of the Act, the Secretary may determine that a permission is not required in relation to a category of commercial non-scheduled flights. These categories are described in sections 7 to 10 of the previous Determination.

 

Schedule 1 provides that the existing exemption for operators of single charter flights does not apply if the flight is carrying passengers and aircraft seating capacity exceeds 80 persons.

 

The purpose of the amendment is to support implementation of enhanced health, quarantine and border clearance processes for international travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including by ensuring sufficient advance notice of flights carrying a significant number of passengers.

The amendment will apply while the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) Declaration 2020 remains in force. Other categories of exemptions remain unchanged.

 

The Determination was developed in consultation with the Australian Border Force and Department of Health. Industry was not consulted in relation to the Determination due to the need to act quickly in response to a potential emerging COVID-19 quarantine and health capacity issue from continuing to allow passenger charter flight arrivals without prior notification and approval, and the low impact on one-off passenger charter operators.

 

The requirement to seek the Department’s approval already applies to operators of multiple charter flights forming part of a program, while the amendment ensures coverage for the small number of stand-alone passenger charter flights who might operate during the pandemic.

 

Operators of all international non-scheduled flights must comply with a number of other regulatory requirements, including those relating to safety, security, border control, and protection of the environment.

 

The power to make the Determination is contained in subsection 15A(3) of the Air Navigation Act 1920. Subsection 15A(3) allows the Secretary to make a determination that a permission is not required in relation to a category of commercial non-scheduled flights. The determination-making power in subsection 15A(3) has been delegated to the levels of Deputy Secretary and of SES2 and SES1 in Aviation and Airports Division under the Secretary’s Air Navigation Delegation Instrument 2016 (No. 1) dated 5 April 2016.

 

In accordance with section 18 of the Act, the Determination will be included in the Aeronautical Information Publications published under regulations made under the Air Services Act 1995.

 

The Determination is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative

Instruments Act 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

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Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

 

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

Air Navigation (Exemption for Commercial Non-Scheduled Flights) Amendment Determination 2020

 

This Legislative Instrument is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

 

Overview of the Legislative Instrument

 

The primary purpose of this Legislative Instrument is to ensure that operators of single non-scheduled passenger flights with a seating capacity exceeding 80 persons seek permission from the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication for such operations. Such conditions already apply to the operation of multiple charter flights forming part of a program.

 

Human rights implications

 

This Legislative Instrument does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

 

Conclusion

 

This Legislative Instrument is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.