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Modernising Australia’s airport regulations (Stage 2)

We're seeking feedback on possible reforms to the regulation of on-airport activities under the Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997 (the Regulations).

Why we want your input

The proposed reforms will modernise the regulations and reduce the regulatory burden on airport users, lessee companies and other stakeholders engaged in on-airport activities at the leased federal airports.

How you can voice your opinion

Read the proposed Stage 2 Consultation Paper and use the template below to upload or email your submission by 5pm (AEDT), Wednesday 19 October 2022.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Submissions will help inform amendments to improve the regulatory environment in which on-airport activities occur, ensuring they are fit-for-purpose with stakeholder and community expectations appropriately reflected.

The Issue

The Australian Government is reviewing the legislative instruments under the Airports Act 1997 (the Act) due to sunset on 1 April 2024 and 1 April 2025.

Stage 2 of the sunsetting review of aviation legislation aims to modernise the Act through amendments to the Regulations. In-scope on-airport activities include:

  • control of liquor
  • consumer trading
  • vehicle control
  • gambling, and
  • smoking.

Other issues including the management of the airports, land use, planning, environment and building controls, will be consulted on as part of latter stages of the review.

You can have your say on Stage 2 by reading the Consultation Paper below and using the optional submission template to form your submission. Click on the Have Your Say button to upload your submission or email through to the Aviation Reform team.

Additionally, we have prepared a Consultation Paper specifically for issues impacting Gold Coast Airport and would welcome input from relevant stakeholders (please see the optional Gold Coast Airport submission template below) by 5pm (AEDT), Wednesday 19 October 2022.

This review is a staged process and each stage will have an associated period of consultation:

  • Stage 1a (closed): cutting red tape, duplication, inconsistencies and reporting, leasing and management of airports, and airport ownership
  • Stage 1b (closed): modernising the Act including examining infringement notice schemes and the definition of an airport site
  • Stage 2 (now open): streamlining Commonwealth responsibilities, control of on-airport activities
  • Stage 3 (expected late 2022 to early 2023): increasing flexibility and modernising environmental protections, building control and protection of airspace
  • Stage 4: Legislative reform (2023): amendments to the Airports Act 1996.

We thank all the stakeholders who provided feedback on the Stage 1a and Stage 1b reforms, with the next steps on these stages now underway. We acknowledge that some of the feedback received reflects consideration of broader issues around the management and planning processes for the airports. These are important issues and will inform later stages of the review process, including future consultation papers. Additionally, based on the feedback for Stage 1b, work on its proposals has been split between other relevant stages.

If you previously made a submission in 2018–2019 or to the Future of Australia's Aviation Sector Review Consultation Panel in 2020–2021, we will consider the views expressed in your submission for this process.

Relevant documentation


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19 Oct 2022 17:00 AEDT
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We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

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