AVIATION INDUSTRY AND SERVICES STRATEGY 2020 - NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION DRAFT

 
AVIATION INDUSTRY AND SERVICES STRATEGY 2020 - NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION DRAFT
DISCUSSION DRAFT

  NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT

AVIATION INDUSTRY
    AND SERVICES
        STRATEGY
                        2020
AVIATION INDUSTRY AND SERVICES STRATEGY 2020 - NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT DISCUSSION DRAFT
Aviation Industry and Services Strategy 2020 - Discussion Draft

VISION    To unlock the Territory’s economic and social potential by sustainably
          developing regional, domestic and international aviation services
          and infrastructure that support our emerging role as an aviation
          gateway for northern Australia.

PURPOSE   This Aviation Industry and Services Strategy 2020 outlines the
          Northern Territory Government’s Vision for the aviation sector and
          provides a framework for Government to partner with industry.
          Propelling the Territory Forward as Australia’s Northern Aviation
          Gateway Issues Paper released by the Northern Territory
          Government in August 2014 detailed issues raised by stakeholders
          through a preliminary consultation process. Feedback received
          during the paper’s public release has shaped the development of
          this Strategy.
          The Strategy identifies strategic objectives and priority actions that
          will drive sustainability and future growth of the aviation sector in
          the Territory. It establishes improved governance arrangements to
          streamline Government’s engagement with industry, and provide a
          platform for collaboration.

POLICY    This Aviation Industry and Services Strategy 2020 is a component of
          the Northern Territory Government’s Integrated Transport Planning
CONTEXT   and Investment Roadmap which sets the vision and investment
          framework for the Territory’s future transport, freight and logistics
          requirements.

          Figure 1: Integrated Transport Planning and Investment Roadmap:

          The Northern Territory Government’s Framing the Future policy
          provides the blueprint for achieving a Prosperous Economy,
          Balanced Environment, Strong Society and Confident Culture and
          sets the framework for aviation industry and service development in
          the Northern Territory.

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           Other policy drivers include the Developing the North agenda,
           Tourism Vision 2020, Economic Development Strategy, Asian
           Engagement Trade and Investment Strategy, and Northern Territory
           International Education and Training Strategy.
           The aviation policy context is largely determined by the Australian
           Government, which has legislative responsibility for airports, aviation
           safety and security, and international air services arrangements.
           Through the process of developing the Our North, Our Future: White
           Paper on Developing Northern Australia, the Northern Territory
           Government has continued to lobby for policy and regulatory
           changes that would lead to aviation sector growth and broader and
           economic gains.
           The Northern Territory is leading the development of the National
           Remote and Regional Transport Strategy which seeks federal
           reforms that would reduce airport operating costs and improve
           resourcing and management of remote aerodromes.

FOREWORD   The Northern Territory represents 1% of Australia’s population
           yet close to 18% of its landmass, with a population of 243,000
           spread over a vast area the size of New South Wales, Victoria,
           Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory combined.
           The Territory relies heavily on air services to bridge the great
           distances between Darwin, Alice Springs and other Australian
           cities, and to connect the Territory’s regional towns and remote
           communities. International air services provide vital tourism, trade
           business and trade links, and support the Territory’s close
           relationship with Asia and the world beyond.
           Aviation is fundamental to the economic development of the
           Northern Territory and is a key enabler of long term growth. The
           aviation sector benefits the Northern Territory’s economy through
           its direct contribution to Gross Domestic Product and employment
           and its facilitation of trade, business, investment, tourism, skills
           development and effective supply chains.
           Air services also enable participation in cultural, recreational and
           leisure activities and access to health and education services,
           thereby advancing social cohesion, wellbeing and participation.
           The Northern Territory’s strategic location, extensive natural
           attractions and cultural experiences, increasing resource and
           defence sector activity, burgeoning agricultural and tourism
           markets, and emerging service industries are some of the
           opportunities that the Territory is well positioned to capitalise on.

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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
OBJECTIVES          PRIORITY ACTIONS
1. Support the      1.1    Promote Darwin as northern Australia’s primary aviation
   Sustainable             gateway to Asia and the rest of the world.
   Growth of        1.2    Work with the aviation industry to support the
                           sustainability of, and increase the frequency of, the
   International
                           Territory’s existing regional, domestic and international air
   and Domestic            services.
   Services         1.3    Work collaboratively to pursue new air services in key
                           international markets, including China and New Zealand.
                    1.4    Explore the potential for economic investment attraction
                           packages linked to new aviation services.
                    1.5    Encourage competition on domestic routes to increase
                           consumer choice and airfare affordability.
                    1.6    Support the re-establishment of regular air services to
                           connect Katherine and Tennant Creek to Darwin and Alice
                           Springs.
                    1.7    Develop a policy framework to guide Government support
                           for the establishment of new Regular Public Transport
                           services to remote and regional areas.

2. Drive Aviation   2.1    Capitalise on the Australian Government’s White Paper
   Sector                  commitment to improve aviation access across northern
                           Australia, working together with the business stakeholder
   Development as
                           group.
   an Enabler of
                    2.2    Work with the aviation industry to increase air service
   Tourism and
                           capacity to meet tourism growth.
   Economic
                    2.3    Work with Defence and support industries to secure
   Growth                  opportunities for local aviation businesses.
                    2.4    Work collaboratively to establish efficient and affordable
                           aviation links to priority international education and
                           training countries.
                    2.5    Collaborate with industry to maximise utilisation of
                           available air freight capacity for local perishable and
                           other high value time-sensitive goods, with a view to
                           significantly expanding air cargo exports.
                    2.6    Work with industry to assess freight infrastructure and support
                           requirements, including the viability of a cold storage facility
                           at Darwin International Airport.
                    2.7    Support the establishment of new, and expansion of
                           existing, aviation businesses in the Northern Territory.
                    2.8    Undertake research and analysis of the helicopter aviation
                           sector to identify market composition and size, existing
                           services, regulatory barriers and industry gaps, and
                           support development opportunities.
                    2.9    Provide education, training and apprenticeship programs
                           to support aviation sector workforce development.

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OBJECTIVES             PRIORITY ACTIONS
                       2.10 Support the delivery of training for the Northern Territory’s
                            aviation workforce and continue to explore the feasibility
                            of a locally based Registered Training Organisation.

3. Ensure Airport      3.1    Ensure the Northern Territory’s airports remain curfew-free
   Infrastructure             and open for business 24/7.
   Meets Future        3.2    Safeguard land for airport operations and set aside land
                              for new airports to accommodate growth in cargo and
   Aviation Needs
                              general aviation needs.
   and Supports
                       3.3    Work with stakeholders to plan for the future development
   Economic                   of the Territory’s regional airports.
   Development         3.4    Link major project approvals to the use of existing airports
                              and aerodromes to support viability and sustainability
                              where feasible and appropriate.
                       3.5    Support remote aerodrome owners to implement tenure,
                              management and operational arrangements that expedite
                              capital investment, ensure safety requirements are met,
                              and enable air services to continue at current levels and
                              grow where feasible.

4. Establish Policy,   4.1    Establish Northern Territory Government air charter
   Planning and               operator panel contracts for government funded travel, to
                              provide cost effective and administratively efficient service
   Regulatory
                              options that meet established safety and operational
   Settings that              specifications.
   Support Aviation    4.2    Establish a Northern Territory Aviation Industry Reference
   Sector Growth              Group as the mechanism for engagement with the Northern
                              Territory Government on aviation issues.
                       4.3    Streamline governance arrangements to ensure a
                              coordinated approach to aviation within the Northern
                              Territory Government.
                       4.4    Continue to advocate for the Australian Government to:
                                consider the impact on the viability and sustainability
                                 of existing Northern Territory aviation services in any
                                 proposed regulatory changes;
                                reduce the cost and regulatory burden of security,
                                 border control and processing requirements on
                                 international air passengers in the Northern Territory;
                                establish policies that support the development of
                                 northern Australia and its aviation sector and
                                 associated industries;
                                ensure that safety and security regulatory
                                 requirements of airports and aerodromes are tailored
                                 to the level of risk presented; and
                                provide firefighting and emergency rescue services at
                                 Katherine Tindal Airport to allow it to operate as an
                                 alternate destination for Darwin International Airport
                                 at no cost to the Northern Territory.

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STRATEGIC                                              SUPPORT THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF
OBJECTIVE 1                                            INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC SERVICES
                                                       The Northern Territory Government’s focus on attracting airlines,
                                                       working closely with other stakeholders, has seen a significant
                                                       expansion of air services to the Territory. Ensuring demand meets
                                                       capacity while continuing to explore other opportunities for
                                                       strategic growth are important areas of focus for the Northern
                                                       Territory over the next five years.
Figure 2: Passengers and Seat Capacity – Darwin, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Airports1:

                                                                      International       Domestic

                                         4500
                             Thousands

                                         4000

                                         3500

                                         3000

                                         2500

                                         2000

                                         1500

                                         1000

                                         500

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                                                   Passengers             Seat Capacity       Passengers          Seat Capacity
                                                                   2010                                    2014

INTERNATIONAL                                          The Northern Territory’s international seat capacity has grown
                                                       strongly over the last few years, with an estimated five-year
SERVICES                                               Compound Annual Growth Rate of 12% since 2010. This reflects
                                                       the Northern Territory’s strong economic and population growth,
                                                       as well as Territorians’ growing appetite for international travel
                                                       and visitors’ interest in the Territory as a leading tourism
                                                       destination.
                                                       The Northern Territory’s largest inbound international markets are
                                                       concentrated in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States
                                                       and Japan. Emerging markets in Asia and New Zealand are of
                                                       growing importance to the Territory. New Zealand is the Northern
                                                       Territory’s largest international market that is within range of, yet
                                                       lacks, non-stop services to the Northern Territory. South East Asian
                                                       markets tend to be dominated by Northern Territory resident
                                                       demand, while European markets are more heavily weighted
                                                       towards visitors. New Zealand, the United States and North Asian
                                                       markets show a more balanced passenger profile.
                                                       Darwin International Airport now has direct services into a range
                                                       of Asian ports, provided by a mix of low cost and full service
                                                       international carriers. From hubs in Asia, the Territory is linked to
                                                       the rest of Asia, Europe, and the world beyond.

1   Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

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                                                                          The past five years has seen growth in the number of Asian
                                                                          markets including the Philippines, India, Indonesia and Taiwan.
                                                                          Since 2000, Northern Territory visitor numbers from China have
                                                                          grown at an average rate of 18% per annum, albeit from a low
                                                                          base. China still only represents a 2% share of the Territory’s
                                                                          total international visitation and shows significant potential for
                                                                          future growth.

Figure 3: Passenger Mix of the NT’s Top 20 International Origin-Destination Markets2:

                                                                                                  Percent of total passenger movements.
     7%

                 13%

                            14%

                                      28%

                                                    30%

                                                                  37%

                                                                           41%

                                                                                       46%

                                                                                                     52%

                                                                                                           57%

                                                                                                                   62%

                                                                                                                           65%

                                                                                                                                    66%

                                                                                                                                          68%

                                                                                                                                                  69%

                                                                                                                                                        78%

                                                                                                                                                                  78%

                                                                                                                                                                           80%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NT

                                                                                                                                                                                    88%

                                                                                                                                                                                                      88%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Visitors
     93%

                 87%

                            86%

                                      72%

                                                    70%

                                                                  63%

                                                                           59%

                                                                                       54%

                                                                                                     48%

                                                                                                           43%

                                                                                                                   38%

                                                                                                                           35%

                                                                                                                                    34%

                                                                                                                                          32%

                                                                                                                                                  31%

                                                                                                                                                        22%

                                                                                                                                                                  22%

                                                                                                                                                                           20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NT

                                                                                                                                                                                    Netherlands 12%

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Germany 12%
                                                                                                                                    USA                                                                             Residents
                                                                                                                           Canada
                                                                                       Malaysia

                                                                                                                                                        Ireland
                                                                           Singapore

                                                                                                                   Italy

                                                                                                                                          Japan
                                                                  India

                                                                                                           China

                                                                                                                                                  UK

                                                                                                                                                                           France
                 Thailand

                                      Timor-Leste

                                                    Philippines
     Indonesia

                            Vietnam

                                                                                                     NZ

                                                                                                                                                                  Taiwan
                                                                          The Northern Territory’s iconic natural assets such as Uluru and
                                                                          Kakadu are major attractions which draw international visitors to
                                                                          Australia. While presently the vast majority of international
                                                                          visitors to the Territory access Australia through other ports such
                                                                          as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Darwin is of increasing
                                                                          importance as a regional international airport.
                                                                          Linking marketing, promotions and trade relationships, both
                                                                          domestic and international, is important for improving air access
                                                                          to the Northern Territory. Positioning Darwin as an entry point into
                                                                          northern Australia and a gateway to Uluru and Kakadu for
                                                                          international travellers, and a stopover point for passengers
                                                                          transiting into and out of Asia, is a priority for Government.
                                                                          With the Territory’s core international markets expected to
                                                                          remain concentrated in the western hemisphere into the medium
                                                                          term, aviation hubs in Asia will continue to be vital for the
                                                                          Northern Territory and are strategically important for increasing
                                                                          the number of long-haul travellers entering Australia through
                                                                          Darwin International Airport.
                                                                          It is anticipated that capacity into Australia from Asian hubs such
                                                                          as Singapore will consolidate over the medium term as the
                                                                          volume of long-haul traffic through hubs in the Middle East
                                                                          increases. Qantas has already moved its hub from Asia to the
                                                                          Middle East in response to changes in the operating environment.

2DIBP;     Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting analysis.

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               The Northern Territory Government will continue to work with
               airlines, airports and other key stakeholders to market the
               Territory as a place to do business, host a conference, visit, or
               transit through, to support the sustainability of existing services as
               well as promote growth.
               Innovative ideas being explored by the Northern Territory
               Government include initiatives such as holistic economic investment
               attraction packages linked to new air services.

DOMESTIC       The Northern Territory has a strong domestic network with major
               airports at Darwin, Alice Springs, and Ayers Rock which are well
SERVICES       connected to the rest of Australia. Recent years have seen a
               number of new services and expanded domestic air capacity.
               Two-thirds of the Territory’s domestic capacity passes through
               Darwin Airport, with most of the remaining third passing through
               Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Airports.
               With a vast majority of international visitors to the Territory
               arriving through other Australian airports, strong domestic links
               and connectivity that encourages visitation are crucial.
               Diversification of the market, support for competition and a mix
               of carriers to suit different travel budgets and needs will assist in
               attracting visitors to the Territory and ensuring travel is accessible
               and affordable for Territorians.

REGIONAL AND   Regional and remote air transport is an essential enabler for
               stimulating regional economies and tourism and connecting
REMOTE         residents to major regional centres.
SERVICES
               Ensuring the Northern Territory’s regional centres of Gove,
               Katherine and Tennant Creek are well connected into Darwin and
               Alice Springs is a priority for Government.
               Vast distances by road and lack of access during northern
               Australia’s wet season make air services essential for many of the
               Northern Territory’s remote communities. Regular Public Transport
               air services currently operate to only a small number of the
               Territory’s major remote communities and regional centres, with
               charter services relied on to provide air access to most areas.
               The Northern Territory Government is committed to increasing
               remote access to Regular Public Transport air services. A policy
               framework will be developed to guide future decision making
               about the provision of Government support for new air services
               for transport-disadvantaged communities. Communities and
               industry will be consulted in developing this framework.
               The Australian Government provides important support to
               regional aviation, including through subsidisation of charter flight
               services carrying passengers and essential supplies to remote
               communities. It is essential that the Northern Territory gets its fair
               share of this funding.

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PRIORITY ACTIONS - STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1
SUPPORTING THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH OF INTERNATIONAL AND
DOMESTIC SERVICES:
                     Priority Action                    NT Government Agency
1.1   Promote Darwin as northern Australia’s primary     Department of Transport /
      aviation gateway to Asia and the rest of the       Tourism NT
      world.
1.2   Work with the aviation industry to support the     Department of Transport /
      sustainability of, and increase the frequency of,  Tourism NT
      the Territory’s existing regional, domestic and
      international air services.
1.3   Work collaboratively to pursue new air services    Department of Transport /
      in key international markets, including China      Tourism NT / Department of
      and New Zealand.                                   Business
1.4   Explore the potential for economic investment      Department of Transport /
      attraction packages linked to new aviation         Tourism NT / Department of
      services.                                          Business / Department of the
                                                         Chief Minister
1.5   Encourage competition on domestic routes to        Department of Transport /
      increase consumer choice and airfare               Tourism NT
      affordability.
1.6   Support the re-establishment of regular air        Department of Transport
      services to connect Katherine and Tennant Creek
      to Darwin and Alice Springs.
1.7   Develop a policy framework to guide                Department of Transport
      Government support for the establishment of
      new Regular Public Transport services to remote
      and regional areas.

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STRATEGIC     DRIVE AVIATION SECTOR DEVELOPMENT AS
OBJECTIVE 2   AN ENABLER OF TOURISM AND ECONOMIC
              GROWTH
              The Northern Territory is on the doorstep of the aviation industry’s
              most dynamic aviation region.

GEOGRAPHIC
ADVANTAGE

              Boeing and Airbus have both determined that the Asia-Pacific
              region will see the most new aircraft over the next two decades,
              and will account for more than a third of new global aircraft
              capacity. According to Boeing, "Over the next 20 years, nearly
              half of the world's air traffic growth will be driven by travel to,
              from or within the region. The Asia-Pacific fleet will nearly triple,
              from 5090 airplanes in 2012 to 14,750 airplanes in 2032, to
              support the increased demand”.
              The forecast growth in the Asia-Pacific region is largely driven by
              rising incomes among the middle class in most Asian countries,
              increased demand for air travel, and the emergence of low cost
              carriers in the region that offer air travel at prices within the
              financial means of these new travellers.
              As at the end of 2014, low cost carriers had more than 1600
              aircraft on order. Consequently, significant capacity and demand
              growth can be expected by Asia-Pacific low cost carriers. These
              carriers have typically operated business models that focus on
              flying routes under five hours’ flying time from their home bases
              using 737 and A320 aircraft.

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          To the Northern Territory’s advantage, Darwin lies within five
          hours’ flying of most South East Asian airline hubs, meaning that
          the Northern Territory has a significant opportunity to boost its
          connections into Asia.
          Countries to the Northern Territory’s north are in the process of
          implementing an ambitious Association of South East Asian
          Nations (ASEAN) Single Aviation Market, or ‘open-skies’
          arrangement, whereby the airlines of each country can operate
          an unlimited amount of capacity between ASEAN countries, and
          quite likely beyond any ASEAN country and Australia. This could
          mean, for instance, the ability for an Indonesian carrier to fly
          nonstop between Darwin and Bangkok, or for a Singaporean
          carrier to fly between Darwin and Indonesia.
          The formation of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market raises a
          number of opportunities for increased air links between the
          Northern Territory and South East Asia.
          Australia’s airlines have increasingly forged relationships with
          foreign airline partners, allowing for greater marketing, sales
          and network reach. Partner airlines can extend an airline’s reach,
          with some of these airlines now ‘virtually present’ in the Northern
          Territory as a result of codeshare and other arrangements with
          current airline operators.
          The Northern Territory can benefit from these relationships, with
          travel to the Territory not only ‘visible’ and able to be booked
          within markets served by the Northern Territory’s airline
          operators, but also within those markets of their partner airlines.
          As a result, attracting new airlines to the Northern Territory –
          especially those with many airline partners – has a multiplier
          effect on the number of markets in which the Territory has a
          presence.
          The Australian Government’s Our North, Our Future White Paper on
          Developing Northern Australia recognises that by 2030, two thirds of
          the world’s middle class will reside in the Asia Pacific Region and
          commits to establish a business stakeholder group to prepare a plan
          for improving aviation and surface transport connections to northern
          Australia. This is to include developing measures to support the
          sustainable and long term growth of domestic and international
          airline services to and from northern Australia, identifying
          opportunities to better integrate the north with ASEAN trading
          partners and the region.
          It is essential that the Northern Territory’s interests are championed
          through this planning process and the business stakeholder group
          must be fully representative of the Territory’s aviation sector.

TOURISM   Tourism Vision 2020: Northern Territory’s Strategy for Growth
          projects that as visitor numbers grow to the 2020 target, an
          increase in aviation capacity will be required to accommodate
          increased passenger demand.
          To deliver on the 2020 target, an immediate priority for Tourism
          NT is to continue demand generation activities to ensure that
          existing services are maintained. At the same time, to achieve
          growth targets from inbound source markets, a focus on aviation
          capacity expansion is also required, particularly from short-haul
          destinations in Asia.

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               The international tourism focus is on maximising investments in the
               Territory’s traditional source markets of the United Kingdom,
               Europe, North America and Japan, capitalising on the high
               growth potential of China and undertaking targeted investments
               in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.
               An overwhelming majority of the Northern Territory’s international
               visitors enter Australia through southern Australian ports,
               highlighting the critical importance of domestic air-links to the
               flow of international visitors to the Territory and the need to
               undertake targeted efforts with airlines to promote such links.
               The Northern Territory’s competitive tourism strength is in
               providing active, unique and engaging visitor experiences that
               are a unique blend of nature and culture. The majority of
               domestic and international leisure visitors come to the Northern
               Territory for these core experiences.
               Tourism NT works with airlines to link marketing, promotions and
               trade relationships in order to leverage and support air access to
               the Territory.
               Cooperative Marketing Approaches with Airlines and Other
               Partners
               Tourism NT routinely undertakes cooperative marketing
               campaigns in partnership with airlines which have delivered
               positive results for the tourism and aviation sectors and the
               Northern Territory’s economy. Tourism NT leverages funds from
               other partners such as wholesalers or travel retailers to promote
               attractive airfares and packages to the Northern Territory. As an
               example, in January 2014 a cooperative campaign was run with
               Jetstar in Singapore across digital and social platforms and
               featured Darwin as a weekend getaway destination. This
               generated the sale of 276 seats in four days.

DEFENCE        The Territory’s wide open expanses and air space provides the
               perfect environment for Air Force training and exercises.
SERVICES AND
SUPPORT        Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal is located 15 km
               from the township of Katherine and 320 km south-east of Darwin.
               Without the urban encroachment and subsequent noise issues
               experienced at other bases, the location makes it ideal for
               increased activity by Australian and foreign air forces. The Base
               is the home of the 75 squadron and its F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets
               and support squadrons. The Base also plays a key role as the
               designated alternate airport to Darwin for civilian aircraft.
               The planned acquisition by Defence of Unmanned Aerial Systems
               (UAS) provides opportunity for basing in the Northern Territory
               close to the proposed area of operations off northern Australia.
               The basing of these large aircraft at RAAF Base Tindal could
               provide support opportunities for local industry as well as attract
               a major prime contractor.
               The potential growth of UAS in Defence and civilian activities in
               northern Australia may see the development of a new segment
               within the Northern Territory’s aviation industry and
               corresponding opportunities for the establishment of local
               aviation support businesses.

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EDUCATION AND                                         International education and training is Australia’s fourth largest
                                                      export industry but ranks ninth for the Northern Territory,
TRAINING                                              indicating strong potential for growth. In the Northern Territory, in
                                                      2013-14 the value of education as an export for the Northern
                                                      Territory was $61 million3 and it supported 450 jobs4.
                                                      The Northern Territory is well placed to grow the international
                                                      education and training sector. Strong aviation connections into
                                                      Asia are essential for the Territory to succeed in attracting
                                                      international interest in local education and training opportunities
                                                      and delivering the objectives of the Northern Territory
                                                      International Education and Training Strategy.
                                                      Affordable and accessible air links into Asia, particularly those
                                                      countries where the Northern Territory has education and
                                                      research partnerships and exchange programs – Cambodia,
                                                      China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Papua
                                                      New Guinea, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste –
                                                      will support this sector to grow.

AIRFREIGHT AND                                        The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’
                                                      aviation statistics show low levels of international airfreight
LOGISTICS                                             carried in and out of Darwin, with 410 tonnes of freight carried
                                                      on international flights in 2013-2014, up from 320 tonnes or
                                                      25.5% from 2012-2013. This freight volume is low when
                                                      assessed against regional airports of a comparable size.
                                                      Although airfreight data for domestic routes is not readily
                                                      available, given the substantial passenger aircraft capacity
                                                      servicing the Northern Territory, it is anticipated that there is also
                                                      significant opportunity for increasing airfreight usage.
                                                      Refrigerated container capability is central in reducing costs
                                                      relation to agricultural exports from the region, but is currently
                                                      non-existent in the Northern Territory. The lack of wide bodied
                                                      aircraft servicing the Territory is another constraint.
                                                      Through the development of the Northern Territory Freight and
                                                      Logistics Industry Strategy the Northern Territory Government is
                                                      examining what infrastructure investment and industry support is
                                                      required to increase uptake of air cargo capacity and export
                                                      growth. Specific consideration will be given to demand for, and
                                                      viability of a cold storage facility at Darwin International Airport.

BUSINESS                                              Rapidly rising living standards in Asia and growing affluence is
                                                      creating significant new trading opportunities for Northern
OPPORTUNITIES                                         Territory businesses including growth in tourism, business travel
                                                      and freight transport.
                                                      The Northern Territory is experiencing a significant level of
                                                      resource development and exploration. The resource sector drives
                                                      substantial demand for aviation services due to fly-in-fly-out
                                                      workforce requirements and reliance on supply and service hubs
                                                      within the Northern Territory. New Regular Public Transport

3   Australian Bureau of Statistics catalogue 5368.0.55.003.
4   Economic Contribution of International Education and Training to the Northern Territory Economy Report, Northern Territory Department of Education.

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services, including to international destinations, may be stimulated
by increased travel and trade activity.

The resource sector has supported the increased viability of
airports and aerodromes across the Territory, along with aviation
sector and support industry growth.
There is significant potential for the aviation sector in servicing
new niche aviation businesses, drawing upon the Territory’s key
cultural, tourism and geographic advantages. An example is the
evolving agribusiness industry, with aviation services recognised
as essential for the timely and reliable export of high quality
local products to niche domestic and international markets.
The Northern Territory Government delivers a range of programs
to assist local businesses to establish and grow. This includes
support for building stronger trading partnerships and creating
new export opportunities.
Innovative Business Concepts Beyond the Conventional
The Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage facility which has been
established in Alice Springs is the first of its kind outside of the
United States of America. The facility caters for the storage
needs of the airline industry, providing the first Asia-Pacific
based alternative for operators in the region. The facility
occupies a site within the Alice Springs airport complex which has
sufficient area for potential future expansion, with the dry arid
environment of central Australia ideally suited for aircraft
preservation and storage.
The facility is already employing locally based staff and will
require a highly specialised workforce as the business grows.
Alice Springs has the potential to become an aviation industry
hub servicing stored commercial and defence aircraft over the
coming years.
Helicopters in the Northern Territory provide transport for off-
shore oil and gas operations and tourism opportunities, including
scenic flights over the Territory’s iconic features, heli-fishing,
mustering, spraying and seeding, and medical transport.
The Australian helicopter industry has exceeded the growth rate
of all other sectors of Australian aviation, and account for one-
third of the nearly 600 aircraft which have a registered operator
in the Northern Territory. This is the highest rate in Australia.
CASA figures indicate that helicopter numbers in Australia have
doubled in the last ten years and are likely to double again in
the next five years.
To position the Northern Territory to capitalise on this sector
growth, work needs to be undertaken to better understand the
market composition and size, existing services and support
opportunities and industry gaps. Australian Government
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                           helicopters to be used for diverse activities in while ensuring pilot
                           and passenger safety.

WORKFORCE                  The aviation sector directly employs more than 1400 workers in
                           the Territory and supports many more indirectly. To ensure the
DEVELOPMENT                Northern Territory is able to respond to its growing and
                           diversifying aviation sector, it is essential that governments and
                           industry work together to expand and develop the aviation
                           workforce.
                           Introducing vocational education and training programs in schools,
                           school based apprenticeships and full-time apprenticeships would
                           promote the industry and enhance local recruitment. Subsidised
                           vocational education training for the aviation industry is
                           supported by the Northern Territory Government and occurs
                           through apprenticeships with funding provided to two interstate
                           Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that specialise in
                           aviation training.
                           To date it has not been financially viable for an RTO to be based
                           in the Northern Territory due to relatively low demand and the
                           specialist infrastructure required to support the training of
                           apprentices in the aviation industry. Training is therefore currently
                           provided interstate, with apprentice travel and accommodation
                           subsidised by Government.
                           Training provided interstate needs to be appropriately targeted
                           to respond to the unique aviation needs of the Territory and the
                           Northern Territory Government is working closely with the
                           Australian Government to analyse the aviation workforce and
                           broader industry to inform future skills development and training
                           policies. Opportunities to see training delivered by a local RTO
                           will continue to be explored.

PRIORITY ACTIONS - STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2
DRIVING AVIATION SECTOR DEVELOPMENT AS AN ENABLER OF
TOURISM AND ECONOMIC GROWTH:
                        Priority Action                   NT Government Agency
2.1   Capitalise on the Australian Government’s            Department of Transport
      White Paper commitment to improve aviation
      access across northern Australia, working
      together with the business stakeholder group.
2.2   Work with the aviation industry to increase air      Department of Transport /
      service capacity to meet tourism growth.             Tourism NT
2.3   Work with Defence and support industries to          Department of the Chief Minister
      secure opportunities for local aviation              / Department of Business
      businesses.
2.4   Work collaboratively to establish efficient and      Department of Transport /
      affordable     aviation     links   to   priority    Department of Education
      international education and training countries.

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2.5  Collaborate with industry to maximise utilisation      Department of Transport /
     of available air freight capacity for local            Department of Business /
     perishable and other high value time-sensitive         Department of Primary Industry
     goods, with a view to significantly expanding          and Fisheries
     air cargo exports.
2.6 Work with industry to assess freight infrastructure     Department of Transport /
     and support requirements, including the viability      Department of Business /
     of a cold storage facility at Darwin International     Department of Primary Industry and
     Airport.                                               Fisheries
2.7 Support the establishment of new, and                   Department of Business
     expansion of existing, aviation businesses in the
     Northern Territory.
2.8 Undertake research and analysis of the                  Department of Business /
     helicopter aviation sector to identify market          Department of Transport
     composition and size, existing services,
     regulatory barriers and industry gaps, and
     support development opportunities.
2.9 Provide education, training and apprenticeship          Department of Education /
     programs to support aviation sector workforce          Department of Business
     development.
2.10 Support the delivery of training for the               Department of Business
     Northern Territory’s aviation workforce and
     continue to explore the feasibility of a locally
     based Registered Training Organisation.

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STRATEGIC       ENSURE AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND
OBJECTIVE 3     PLANNING SUPPORTS ECONOMIC
                DEVELOPMENT AND MEETS FUTURE
                AVIATION NEEDS
                The Northern Territory offers significant potential for aviation
                industry growth and this growth needs to be underpinned by high
                quality infrastructure.

DARWIN          Darwin International Airport is co-located with the Royal
                Australian Airforce Base Darwin and provides an integrated
                domestic and international terminal, 24 hour curfew free
                operations and a 3800 metre, A380-capable runway.
                Over two million passengers moved through Darwin International
                Airport in 2013-14, making it the 10th busiest airport in
                Australia. The airport has recorded an average annual growth
                rate of 6% over a 5-year period, the second highest of the top
                10 airports in Australia.
                Darwin is the sole international gateway airport in the Northern
                Territory, and the airport’s success in attracting new international
                services has contributed significantly to the Northern Territory’s
                growth in international travel demand. Solid growth in demand
                for air services at Darwin International Airport reflects the
                Territory’s continued strong economic growth, particularly in the
                resource, energy, construction and tourism sectors.
                As Darwin International Airport maintains its role as a primary
                international and domestic passenger terminal into the future,
                increasing cargo transport and general aviation demands may
                see the need for a second airport to cater specifically for this
                demand.
                The land use structure within the Darwin Regional Land Use Plan
                which has been developed by the Northern Territory Government
                identifies a site for a second airport on Blackmore Peninsula to
                the west of Middle Arm. The identification of this site for future
                use as an airport will assist with ongoing land use planning and
                enable the site to be protected from the potential encroachment
                of incompatible land use in surrounding areas.

ALICE SPRINGS   Alice Springs Airport plays an important role as a point of access
                to a vast area which holds many of Australia’s international and
                iconic cultural and geological attractions.
                Alice Springs has direct services to almost all of Australia’s
                capitals and provides a key role in connecting South Eastern
                Australia with Central and northern Australia, Perth and Adelaide
                to Darwin and Cairns. Alice Springs Airport has seen limited
                growth over the past ten years, however the market has
                demonstrated positive responses to competition on key routes.

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AYERS ROCK                                            As the gateway to some of Australia’s premier tourism and
                                                      cultural destinations, Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Ayers Rock Airport
                                                      provides vital transport and supply links for tourism. With direct
                                                      services to Alice Springs, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney, Ayers
                                                      Rock is well connected to major tourism markets with multiple
                                                      airline operators.
                                                      After a decline between 2012 and 2014, the number of annual
                                                      passengers at Ayers Rock Airport grew by 31.4% in the period
                                                      March 2014 to March 20155.
                                                      The Airport’s passenger performance has the potential to continue
                                                      to grow as a result of increased tourism activity. Investment in
                                                      infrastructure needs to correspond to increasing demand for
                                                      access to the airport.

REGIONAL AND                                          Airports servicing Tennant Creek, Katherine and Gove remain
                                                      critical for supporting business development and access to
REMOTE                                                services. Government is committed to supporting these and other
                                                      regional airports as viable business operations that can grow and
                                                      diversify the regional aviation industry profile.
                                                      Batchelor Airport, located 100 km south of Darwin, is
                                                      strategically positioned as the gateway to Litchfield National
                                                      Park, and is already the base for a number of aviation
                                                      businesses. The Airport has potential to develop into a commercial
                                                      general aviation support precinct for the region.
                                                      Currently 70 remote aerodromes receive some level of funding
                                                      support from the Northern Territory Government. As 50 of these
                                                      aerodromes are on Aboriginal Land and are owned by various
                                                      Land Trusts, there is an onus on the Land Councils and Office of
                                                      Township Leasing to resolve tenure and operational arrangements
                                                      to: facilitate government investment in capital and maintenance;
                                                      ensure Civil Aviation and Safety Authority standards are met;
                                                      and maintain and grow the level of remote air services in the
                                                      Territory.
                                                      The Australian Government has committed to continue to provide
                                                      funding for remote airstrip upgrades and the Northern Territory
                                                      must capitalise on this opportunity.
                                                      Managing and maintaining remote and regional aerodromes is
                                                      resource intensive and supporting the use of existing aerodrome
                                                      infrastructure by major projects is one way government can assist
                                                      in ensuring the viability of these important assets.
                                                      In remote areas, accommodating passengers on air services with
                                                      a disability is a major challenge. Through national forums and the
                                                      regular review of the Australian Government’s Disability
                                                      Standards for Accessible Public Transport, the Northern Territory
                                                      Government will continue to advocate for improved air transport
                                                      accessibility.

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PRIORITY ACTIONS - STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3
ENSURING AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE MEETS FUTURE AVIATION
NEEDS AND SUPPORTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
                    Priority Action                     NT Government Agency
3.1   Ensure the Northern Territory’s airports remain    Department of Lands, Planning
      curfew-free and open for business 24/7.            and the Environment
3.2   Safeguard land for airport operations and set      Department of Lands, Planning
      aside land for new airports to accommodate         and the Environment
      growth in cargo and general aviation needs.
3.3   Work with stakeholders to plan for the future      Department of Transport
      development of the Territory’s regional airports.
3.4   Link major project approvals to the use of         Department of the Chief Minister
      existing airports and aerodromes to support        / Department of Mines and
      viability and sustainability, where feasible and   Energy / Department of Transport
      appropriate.
3.5   Support remote aerodrome owners to                 Department of Transport
      implement tenure, management and operational
      arrangements that expedite capital investment,
      ensure safety requirements are met, and enable
      air services to continue at current levels and
      grow where feasible.

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STRATEGIC          ESTABLISH POLICY, PLANNING AND
OBJECTIVE 4        REGULATORY SETTINGS THAT SUPPORT
                   AVIATION SECTOR GROWTH
                   The Australian Government is responsible for air safety and
                   security, civil aviation regulation and publicly owned, privately
                   leased airports.
                   The Northern Territory Government works with industry to support
                   regional, domestic and international air service development and
                   has responsibility for off-airport land use planning.

GOVERNMENT’S       The Northern Territory Government has no formal aviation
                   regulatory responsibilities or role.
ROLE IN AVIATION
                   The Northern Territory Government is responsible for encouraging
                   economic and social development, supporting business
                   opportunities and trade, establishing a policy and regulatory
                   environment that facilities private sector investment, and
                   delivering essential community services.
                   The Northern Territory Government will continue to work closely
                   with industry to enhance the Territory’s aviation services and a
                   Northern Territory Aviation Industry Reference Group will be
                   established to support this collaborative process.
                   With a large number of Northern Territory Government agencies
                   responsible for various aviation roles and functions, Government
                   is streamlining governance arrangements and establishing a high
                   level Chief Executives group to ensure there is a coordinated and
                   strategic approach to aviation services development.
                   The Australian Government is responsible for regulating air
                   safety, aviation carrier liability, security, bilateral air services
                   agreements and publicly owned airports that are leased to
                   private operators. The Australian Government is also responsible
                   for overseeing on-airport planning of leased airports, building
                   and environmental clearances and provides financial assistance
                   for remote air services and aerodromes.
                   Ensuring the Australian Government’s regulatory regime supports
                   efficient and affordable air services in the Northern Territory
                   remains a key challenge.
                   The Australian Government’s aviation policy platform includes a
                   commitment to conduct a review of aviation safety and
                   regulation, to focus on the better utilisation of Australian
                   airspace, support regional and remote aviation, enhance aviation
                   skills, training and development and ensure that aviation security
                   measures are risk based.
                   A detailed list of Northern Territory and Australian Government
                   regulatory, policy and administrative responsibilities is provided
                   at Annexure A.

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NT GOVERNMENT        The Northern Territory Government has established a panel of air
                     operators to meet government’s service requirements for regular
USE OF AVIATION      and ad hoc intra-Territory short haul domestic and long haul
SERVICES             passenger air charter travel, generally to international and/or
                     interstate destinations.
                     The objective is to ensure air charter services meet standardised
                     safety and operational specifications, provide cost effective and
                     administratively efficient service options, support opportunities for
                     agencies to coordinate use of charters across the Territory, and
                     maximise opportunities for local operators with required
                     capabilities.
                     To support the sustainability of Regular Public Transport services,
                     the Northern Territory Government will continue to use scheduled
                     services where they exist, with air charters to be used where it is
                     determined that they are more cost, time and logistically
                     effective.

REGULATORY           National aviation regulatory requirements continue to have a
                     disproportionate impact on the Northern Territory compared to
ISSUES               other jurisdictions.
                     The Northern Territory Government will closely monitor the
                     development and implementation of the Australian Government’s
                     policy agenda and will continue to lobby for aviation regulatory
                     changes to support the Territory’s goals.

THE COST OF SAFETY   Australian Government regulatory requirements impose a high
AND SECURITY         cost burden on low passenger volume airports.
                     All security designated airports have fixed security infrastructure
                     and capability requirements which need to be recovered through
                     passenger charges. Cost recovery charges are sensitive to
                     passenger numbers, meaning that low passenger volume airports
                     such as those in the Northern Territory need to impose higher
                     charges per passenger compared with other major Australian
                     airports. For example, at Darwin International Airport, the
                     charges are ten times that of Sydney Airport. Alice Springs also
                     faces high security charges, due, in part to its close proximity to
                     the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap.
                     While recognising the need for safety and security, the Northern
                     Territory Government will continue to advocate for the Australian
                     Government to address this barrier to the development of
                     northern Australia, either through the introduction of a national
                     network pricing model to share airport security costs equally per
                     passenger, or assistance with meeting airport security costs.
                     Safety and security requirements and their impact on the cost of
                     air travel can also act as an inhibitor for the use of larger aircraft
                     or the operation of scheduled services at the Territory’s regional
                     airports and remote aerodromes.
                     The high cost and intensive resource requirements of regulations
                     also add a burden to airport operators and affect the

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                         sustainability of the Territory’s small, remote aerodromes. For
                         these aerodromes, regulatory costs, on top of other challenges
                         such as low passenger numbers, long distances, and high
                         operating and maintenance costs, mean these aerodromes will
                         never be commercially viable without the need for ongoing
                         financial support from other revenue sources.
                         It would be appropriate for security and safety standards to be
                         tailored to the level of risk presented by the airport or
                         aerodrome and the services it receives, thereby reducing the
                         regulatory burden and associated costs, and improving the
                         viability of air services.

PASSENGER MOVEMENT       The Passenger Movement Charge is a flat $55 fee which applies
CHARGE                   to all passenger departures on international flights. As the
                         majority of international departures from Darwin International
                         Airport are short-haul South East Asian flights, this processing
                         charge constitutes a much higher percentage of the airfare
                         (generally more than 13 per cent) compared to flights departing
                         other Australian capitals.
                         An exemption from or reduction in the charge to more accurately
                         reflect the actual cost of providing the border control function,
                         especially for short haul international flights, would be more
                         appropriate in the Northern Territory’s context.

VISA REQUIREMENTS        The cost and ease of access to visitor visas contributes to the
AND CHARGES              competitiveness of the Northern Territory’s tourism market. While
                         many countries are able to use an Electronic Travel Authority to
                         apply for Australian visas at a cost of approximately $20, this
                         process has not available for many of the Territory’s northern
                         neighbours, including Indonesia, East Timor and China. These
                         countries have also been required to complete applications in
                         English and pay minimum costs of approximately $130 to obtain
                         a visa.
                         The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia announces
                         that from 2016 the Australian Government will extend capacity
                         for the electronically lodgement of visa applications to China and
                         India. Priority should be given to extending this process to the
                         Northern Territory’s other close neighbours to the north.

PRIORITY ACTIONS - STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 4
ESTABLISHING POLICY, PLANNING AND REGULATORY SETTINGS THAT
SUPPORT AVIATION SECTOR GROWTH:
                    Priority Action                    NT Government Agency
4.1   Establish Northern Territory Government air       Department of Corporate and
      charter operator panel contracts for              Information Services
      government funded travel, to provide cost
      effective and administratively efficient service
      options that meet established safety and
      operational specifications.

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4.2   Establish a Northern Territory Aviation Industry     Department of Transport
      Reference Group as the mechanism for Northern
      Territory Government engagement on aviation
      issues.
4.3   Streamline governance arrangements to ensure         Department of Transport
      a coordinated approach to aviation within the
      Northern Territory Government.
4.4   Continue to advocate for the Australian              Department of the Chief Minister
      Government to:                                       / Department of Transport /
       consider the impact on the viability and           Tourism NT
          sustainability of existing Northern Territory
          aviation services in any proposed
          regulatory changes;
       reduce the cost and regulatory burden of
          security, border control and processing
          requirements on international air passengers
          in the Northern Territory;
       establish policies that support the
          development of northern Australia and its
          aviation sector and associated industries;
       ensure that safety and security regulatory
          requirements of airports and aerodromes
          are tailored to the level of risk presented;
          and
       provide firefighting and emergency rescue
          services at Katherine Tindal Airport to allow
          it to operate as an alternate destination for
          Darwin International Airport at no cost to
          the Northern Territory.

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STRATEGY         ACTION PLAN
IMPLEMENTATION   The Strategy will be delivered through a five year Action Plan
AND              that will be based on the strategic objectives and priority
                 actions identified in this Strategy.
GOVERNANCE
                 Progress will be reported annually and the Action Plan will be
                 regularly reviewed in consultation with the Aviation Industry
                 Reference Group to ensure it responds to evolving aviation
                 sector needs.

                 The Strategy will be subject to a formal review in 2018.

                 ENGAGEMENT WITH INDUSTRY
                 An Aviation Industry Reference Group will be established by
                 the Department of Transport as the mechanism for engagement
                 on aviation issues and to oversee the implementation of this
                 Strategy.
                 Industry will come together with the Department on a six
                 monthly basis to review progress and work together on this
                 strategic agenda.
                 The Department of Transport, together with Tourism NT will
                 continue to work closely with airlines on route development and
                 cooperative marketing exercises.

                 NT GOVERNMENT COORDINATION
                 A Committee of Chief Executives has been established by the
                 Department of Transport to ensure a coordinated response to
                 aviation matters and to oversee the delivery of this Strategy.

                 Tourism NT, along with the Departments of the Chief Minister,
                 Business and Corporate and Information Services are
                 represented.

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                                                                  ANNEXURE A
                   GOVERNMENT ROLE AND FUNCTIONS

NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT

DEPARTMENT OF    Lead agency for aviation policy and strategy. Responsible for the
TRANSPORT        aviation industry; domestic, international and regional air services
                 development; and transport policy and planning.             Specific
                 responsibilities:
                 - lead whole-of-government response to emerging aviation
                    issues;
                 - manage relationships with industry through the proposed NT
                    Aviation Industry Reference Group and other processes;
                 - establish regular strategic meetings with key airlines, involving
                    Tourism NT and the Department of Business;
                 - coordinate meetings with airlines/airports and other key
                    stakeholders (including NT Government agencies) on emerging
                    aviation matters as required;
                 - monitor, contribute to and lobby for change to the national
                    aviation policy and regulatory agenda;
                 - in concert with Tourism NT and NT Airports, strengthen existing
                    and build new relationships with domestic and international
                    airlines;
                 - undertake commercial airline route development and
                    commercial aviation research and market analysis; and
                 - oversee maintenance of the NT’s 70 remote aerodromes.

TOURISM NT       Lead agency for marketing the Territory as a tourist destination.
                 Examines opportunities for the development of new and emerging
                 markets for tourism. Specific responsibilities:
                 - undertake tourism destination marketing and public relations
                    programs across domestic and international tourism markets;
                 - work with airlines, travel trade and strategic partners to
                    leverage and build destination awareness and tactical
                    marketing campaigns;
                 - undertake cooperative marketing with airlines based on
                    consumer demand for NT experiences;
                 - in concert with the Department of Transport and NT Airports,
                    identify opportunities for new and emerging markets for
                    tourism and present these to target airlines; and
                 - identify tourism product opportunities and communicate these to
                    the tourism industry.

DEPARTMENT OF    Lead agency for business and industry development (including
BUSINESS         tourism), industry and economic analysis, Asian engagement and
                 trade development, apprenticeships and traineeships, training and
                 employment programs, vocational education and training
                 administration, development of defence related industries,
                 strategic defence liaison and support for the defence community,
                 as these matters relate to aviation. Specific responsibilities include:
                 - work with the supply services businesses that support aviation
                     freight industry in the NT; and
                 - support training and development for the identified skilled
                     shortages in the aviation industry where there is an identified
                     apprenticeship pathway monitoring aviation industry
                     employment and workforce requirements.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE           Lead agency for coordination of government policy, the northern
CHIEF MINISTER              Australia development agenda, economic development, social
                            policy, major projects and infrastructure, as these matters relate to
                            aviation.

DEPARTMENT OF               Responsible for reviewing public servant air travel and considering
CORPORATE AND               strategies for cost efficiencies.
INFORMATION
SERVICES

DEPARTMENT OF               Aviation land/planning issues and initiatives.
LANDS, PLANNING AND
ENVIRONMENT

 AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

DEPARTMENT OF               Advises the Australian Government on the policy and regulatory
INFRASTRUCTURE AND          framework for Australian airports and the aviation industry,
                            manages the administration of the Government's interests in
REGIONAL                    privatised airports under the Airports Act 1996.
DEVELOPMENT
                            Delivers the Remote Air Service Subsidy (RASS) Scheme, Enroute
                            Charges Subsidy Scheme and the Remote Aerodromes Safety
                            Program.
                            The Office of Transport Security (OTS) within the Department is
                            the Australian Government's preventive security regulator for the
                            aviation and maritime sectors, and its primary adviser on transport
                            security.
                            The Aviation Security Branch provides policy advice to the
                            Australian Government on aviation security, sets standards for
                            aviation security measures, and tests, monitors and evaluates
                            compliance with those standards, policies and procedures
                            consistent with the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and the
                            Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.

CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY Established as an independent statutory authority. Conducts safety
                      regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of
AUTHORITY             Australian aircraft overseas. Provides safety education and
                            training programmes, cooperates with the Australian Transport
                            Safety Bureau, and administers sections of Part IVA of the Civil
                            Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959.
                            The Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety
                            Regulations 1998, made under authority of the Civil Aviation Act,
                            provide for general regulatory controls for the safety of air
                            navigation.

                            Governed by a Commission. Conducts independent investigations
AUSTRALIAN                  of civil aviation accidents, incidents and safety deficiencies.
TRANSPORT SAFETY
BUREAU

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