What the Airports Branch Does
The Branch's primary responsibility is the regulation of 21 leased federal airports on Commonwealth land. The Branch administers the Airports Act 1996, its associated regulations and the airport head leases.
Leased Federal Airports
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The oversight functions include:
- airport planning, development and land use;
- airport insurance compliance;
- airport environment and building control regulation; and
- payment of Government rates and taxes.
The leased federal airports were granted on long-term leases to private entities between 1997 and 2003. Prior to this, the airports were owned and managed by the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC). The Branch liaises regularly with Airport Lessee Companies (ALCs) on airport regulation and lease management.
Airport building controls
Building and construction activities at federally leased airports must be approved by the Airport Building Controller.
Economic regulation of major Australian airports
Information on airport economic regulation.
Airport planning & regulation
Detailed information concerning the Australian Government's interests in the operation of leased federal airports.
A list of ministerial decisions and links to supporting documents regarding airport master and major development plans at leased federal airports.
Brisbane Airport Community Airspace Advisory Board
The Australian Government announced the establishment of the Brisbane Airport Community Airspace Advisory Board on 9 March 2023
Review of Sydney Airport demand management scheme
The Harris Review was commissioned to determine if the Sydney Airport demand management objectives remain relevant and the scheme is fit-for-purpose.
Western Sydney airport
Construction of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is underway and on track to begin operations in 2026.