Australia is to open its “human development systems” (HDs) to local developers, with the first set to begin work on the country’s airport network later this year.
Key points:Australia has opened up its HDs to local teams for a new airport systemThe project will be funded by private sector fundingThe HDs will provide a platform for local team to develop their own airportsThe Government says the HDs are needed to develop the regional air infrastructureThe new system will be based on a similar system to those in use in New Zealand and the United States, with a focus on regional air corridors and a new aviation authority to oversee development.
Key developmentsIn July, Australia signed an agreement with the United Kingdom to create a new system of development and operations in the state’s airports, with details of the arrangement to be unveiled later this month.
Key elements of the HD scheme are as follows:Local teams will be able to work on airport facilities in remote areas, using a “human rights framework”The HD will be built on a set of local codes for regional aviation and regional infrastructure, with local development teams to oversee the development of each airport.
The HD’s “development and operations” will include “the implementation of infrastructure, operations and maintenance requirements for regional air transport and airport facilities”, and the “assessment of whether a local development team can carry out the task of developing the airport infrastructure”, the government said in a statement.
Australia has already signed a similar agreement with New Zealand to establish a new regional development authority, with that agency currently operating a network of airport terminals in the country.
The announcement comes as the Government prepares to release a draft national strategy for regional development, with new measures to encourage regional development including a “planning system” for regional airports.
Australia’s HDs have been designed to be able for local teams to develop and manage the facilities they build.
“Local development teams will have access to the expertise and technical expertise needed to build the airport networks that the Government wants to develop, such as planning systems, airport development management, airport planning and management systems, and the ability to identify and implement airport upgrades,” the statement read.
“The Government will provide an opportunity for local development organisations to develop these systems and make their own recommendations to the Government on how to best implement the regional development plan.”
The Government said the HD’s will be used to provide a “high-level framework for the delivery of regional aviation infrastructure, as well as the capacity for the regional planning system and airport planning framework”.
The HD project will cost around $40 million, and will be financed by a mix of private and public sector funding.
Australia has also established the “human capital” initiative to develop local teams in a bid to help boost local employment, while other countries are exploring similar projects.