Review of the Sydney Airport Demand Management Scheme
Release of the Harris Review
The Review of the Sydney Airport Demand Management Scheme (the Harris Review) PDF: 858 KB , an independent review prepared by Mr Peter Harris AO, is now available to view.
The Harris Review was commissioned to determine if the Sydney Airport demand management objectives remain relevant and the scheme is fit-for-purpose, including through:
- providing for the efficient use of airport infrastructure, while managing the impacts of noise to maintain livability for the Sydney community,
- encouraging competition and resilience within the industry, and
- facilitating recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as through being responsive to changes and opportunities in the market
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the department) will now consult through technical working groups (comprised of representatives of the varied stakeholder groups) to refine details of the Harris Review recommendations and conduct more detailed analysis of the impacts ahead of implementation decisions being made by the Australian Government.
The department would like to thank those who provided submissions as part of the public consultation which informed the Harris Review. The submissions are now published in full below (unless it was indicated at the time of submission that a submission was to remain in confidence).
Composition of the technical working groups and implementation of any recommendations will include community, industry and Government agency consultation. Interested parties should continue to monitor this website for further updates. Any queries regarding the technical working groups or the Harris Review should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public submissions made to the Sydney Airport Demand Management Review are set out below, except for submissions that were submitted in-confidence. The department is not responsible for the content of these submissions, which remains the responsibility of the original authors, and submissions do not represent the views of the department. To the extent permitted by law, the Commonwealth disclaims liability to any person or organisation in respect of anything done, or omitted to be done, in reliance upon information contained in any of the submissions.
|1||Adelaide Airport Limited||PDF: 496 KB|
|2||Airlines for Australia and New Zealand||PDF: 260 KB|
|3||Airport Coordination Australia||PDF: 1203 KB|
|4||Airport Coordination Limited * in confidence content redacted||PDF: 660 KB|
|5||Airports Council International||PDF: 211 KB|
|6||Australian Pacific Airports Corporation (Melbourne Airport)||PDF: 162 KB|
|7||Australian Airports Association||PDF: 238 KB|
|8||Australian Business Aviation Association||PDF: 66 KB|
|9||Australian Competition and Consumer Commission||PDF: 338 KB|
|10||Australian Mayoral Aviation Council||PDF: 421 KB|
|11||Aviation Advisory||PDF: 20 KB|
|12||Bathurst Regional Council||PDF: 107 KB|
|13||Bega Valley Shire Council||PDF: 2211 KB|
|14||Board of Airline Representative of Australia Inc||PDF: 923 KB|
|15||Brisbane Airport Corporation||PDF: 31 KB|
|16||Business Events Sydney||PDF: 77 KB|
|17||Business Council of Australia||PDF: 1013 KB|
|18||Canberra Airport Pty Ltd||PDF: 427 KB|
|19||Committee for Sydney||PDF: 350 KB|
|20||Country Women’s Association of NSW||PDF: 104 KB|
|21||Dr Ernestine Gross||PDF: 662 KB|
|22||Eurobodalla Shire Council||PDF: 9 KB|
|23||Infrastructure Partnerships Australia||PDF: 130 KB|
|24||Inner West Council||PDF: 322 KB|
|25||International Air Transport Association||PDF: 693 KB|
|26||John Clarke||PDF: 162 KB|
|27||Moree Plains Shire Council||PDF: 4963 KB|
|28||Narrabri Shire Council||PDF: 221 KB|
|29||New South Wales Department of Planning, Industry and Environment||PDF: 384 KB|
|31||No Aircraft Noise Party||PDF: 458 KB|
|32||Qantas Group||PDF: 383 KB|
|33||Regional Aviation Association of Australia||PDF: 43 KB|
|34||Regional Express||PDF: 1171 KB|
|35||Sydney Airport * in confidence content redacted||PDF: 1009 KB|
|36||Sydney Airport Community Forum
(Mr Robert Hayes, Community Representative for the North)
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|37||Sydney Business Chamber||PDF: 170 KB|
|39||Tourism & Transport Forum||PDF: 85 KB|
|40||Virgin Australia Group||Confidential|
The Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 (the Act) and associated legislative instruments establish a framework for the long-term management of air traffic demand at Sydney Airport. The Act, along with the Sydney Airport Slot Management Scheme 2013, Sydney Airport Compliance Scheme 2012 and Sydney Airport Demand Management Regulations 1998 (together, the Legislation), establish a limit of 80 aircraft movements an hour, provide for a slot management scheme, and guarantee access for New South Wales regional services.
Demand management policies were designed to balance productivity with a range of social, competition and other competing objectives to:
- maximise the number of flights within the movement cap
- manage noise impacts on the local community
- maximise passengers and freight
- guarantee access to flights from regional areas
- provide certainty of slots for incumbent airlines
- encourage competition by making slots available for new entrants.
Following the Productivity Commission's 2019 Inquiry into the Economic Regulation of Airports, the Australian Government committed to conducting an independent review of Sydney Airport demand management arrangements. The review provided an opportunity to revisit existing policies and competing objectives, to ensure the regulatory framework remains fit-for-purpose to meet the needs of the aviation industry, travelers and the local community.
The review was led by Mr Peter Harris AO. It examined the Legislation and its implementation, including:
- implementation of the movement cap,
- slot management and;
- regional access.
The Sydney Airport curfew, noise sharing arrangements and the number of aircraft movements per hour were outside the scope of the review.
The Harris Review will inform the remaking of parts of the Legislation that are due to sunset on 1 April 2024. Sunsetting is an important mechanism for the Australian Government to implement policies to reduce red tape, deliver clearer laws, and align existing legislation with current government policy. On 24 August 2018, the Attorney-General made a declaration to align the sunsetting date for a range of aviation-related legislative instruments—including legislative instruments relating to demand management at Sydney Airport. Unless this Legislation is reviewed and remade, it will cease to have effect.
The Sydney Airport Demand Management Discussion Paper
The Department released the Sydney Airport Demand Management Discussion Paper (The Discussion Paper) PDF: 3689 KB as the first step of the review in November 2020 to seek public comment and prompt discussion. The Discussion Paper outlined the scope of the review and raised a number of important focus questions that the Australian Government sought views on. The questions did not reflect Government policy—they were designed to elicit discussion.
Virtual consultations with stakeholders were held during November 2020 to capture stakeholder views on the questions and issues presented in the Discussion Paper.
Consultation on the Discussion Paper ensured the review considered current and emerging factors influencing Sydney Airport demand management.