The planning, construction and management of the Western Sydney Airport project

This inquiry report finds that the purchase of the Leppington Triangle land for the Western Sydney Airport project has breached the social contract between the Commonwealth and the public, by not providing any clear value for money and by creating arbitrary differences between landholders with...

Baggage claim: the regional impact of Heathrow's third runway

In this report, the authors focus on the distribution of the expected impacts of building a third runway at Heathrow to answer the question who pays?

Economic regulation of airports

This report examines whether current regulatory arrangements constrain the ability of airport operators to exercise their market power over passengers and airlines through unduly high charges, poor service quality, or both.

Bringing industry to airports: how the U.S experience can help Western Sydney to take off

Industry clusters are seen as critical to economic growth and national competitiveness in the United States. This report examines areas of future high-tech export potential and gives recommendations for how to encourage the emergence of industry clusters focused on aerospace and defence, food and agribusiness...

Australia’s great urban experiment

When is an airport not just an airport? Western Sydneysiders are in the process of finding out.
Draft report

Economic regulation of airports: draft report

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth airports have market power in services provided to airlines. This draft report asserts that there is no reason for airport operators to become complacent — further scrutiny of some aspects of airports’ performance is warranted, and tailored reforms are needed...
Case study

Adelaide Airport irrigation trial

Irrigating airport land for heat reduction benefits.

Productivity Commission inquiry into the economic regulation of airports: ACCC submission in response to the issues paper

The ACCC has provided this submission to the Productivity Commission, in response to the issues paper on the inquiry into the economic regulation of airports.
Discussion paper

Economic regulation of airports: issues paper

This is the Productivity Commission’s fourth investigation of the economic regulation of airport services since 2000. It presents an opportunity for a fresh look at whether existing arrangements are fit for purpose. The commission has released this issues paper to assist individuals and organisations to...

Domestic passenger screening–follow up

The objective of this audit was to examine the extent to which the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, now the Department of Home Affairs (the Department), has implemented the recommendations made by the ANAO in a previous audit.

American airport cities: lessons for Western Sydney airport

As Australia embarks on its first publicly-funded airport project in more than three decades at Badgerys Creek, there are lessons and insights to be taken from the Unites States' experience of airport cities.

Airport link: from concept to commencement

The Committee for Melbourne established the Melbourne 4.0 taskforce in 2016 to help prepare our city for the forces of innovation and disruption brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Taskforce identifies a high quality, mass transit link to Melbourne Airport as a key...
Draft report

NSW draft freight and ports plan

This draft plan outlines proposed investments in road and rail infrastructure and new technologies to meet manage increasing movement of goods.

Liverpool: the gateway to Sydney’s aerotropolis

This report argues that, rather than simply being a place that planes land, it is reasonable for WSA to be the centrepiece of a holistic development at the airport and in its surrounds, to maximise the economic and social benefits that the airport can provide.

Melbourne Airport rail link

This paper describes the policies and issues involved in the long history of a proposed rail link to Melbourne Airport.

The airport: cities of the future

After decades of debate, deliberation and inaction Sydney is finally to have a second airport at Badgerys Creek. So what makes a good airport and what could Sydney learn from the best airports in the world?
Audio interview

Less infrastructure will be built in the next 4 years: IPA

Prime Ministers have long turned to a big vision when trying to shore up their stocks with voters or their own party. That usually means throwing their support behind big infrastructure projects, like fast trains or second airports. $75 billion has been committed to infrastructure...

Conduct of the OneSKY tender

Audit objective and criteria The objective of the audit was to assess whether the OneSKY tender was conducted so as to provide value with public resources and achieve required timeframes for the effective replacement of the existing air traffic management platforms. To form a conclusion...

Strategic industries development around the Western Sydney Employment Area (WSEA)

The purpose of this project has been to identify and scope with key stakeholders, potential new strategic industry development activities in and around the Western Sydney Employment Area that could be developed, both directly or indirectly, based on existing or future supply chain capabilities and...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Do the Greens want Sydney to be without an airport?

Labor spokesman for infrastructure and transport Anthony Albanese claims the Greens would close Kingsford Smith Airport and oppose Badgerys Creek airport, leaving Sydney with no airport at all.
Conference paper

The Tullamarine airport in the 1970s

The 1960s signalled the onset of the jet age and cities worldwide rushed to accommodate this new modernity. The jet age spawned the construction of the Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne: Australia’s first purpose-built jetport. Although now considered purely functional in the 21st century, in 1970...

Sydney Airport: performance and potential competition from a second airport

This briefing paper analyses, at a theoretical level, the potential economic benefits of secondary airport competition in the Sydney context. Introduction On the 3rd April 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) published their latest airport monitoring report which found that Sydney Airport had...

A second Sydney airport: policy developments, reports and key findings

This paper presents a timeline of all key policy positions of Federal and State Governments and Oppositions with respect to a second Sydney airport since the end of 2007, and includes brief summaries and links to all of the key reports. Introduction Since the 1940s...
Conference paper

Airports as development generators: A reconnaissance of employment trends in the Sydney airport region 1996–2011

Drawing on census data for the period 1996-2011, and working at three main spatial scales (airport, surrounding region, and global economic corridor), this paper explores employment trends in Sydney where the aerotropolis theory posits there would be evidence of significant airport-related development.

Busselton Chamber of Commerce and Industry submission to Inquiry into the use of ‘fly-in, fly-out’ (FIFO) workforce practices in regional Australia

Busselton Chamber of Commerce and Industry outlines some positive impacts of FIFO workers, including the reemergence of the Busselton Regional Airport.