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International air services

Public inquiry

This public inquiry has concluded. The inquiry report was released by the Commonwealth Government on 3 June 1999.

  • Issues paper Dec 1997
  • Draft report 5 Jun 1998
  • Final report 3 Jun 1999

The issues paper covers a range of issues on which the Commission has sought information and feedback, and is intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

Initial submissions were due by 27 February 1998.

The draft report was released on 5 June 1998. The Commission sought further information and feedback.

Read the draft report

The final report was handed to the Australian Government on 12 September 1998 and released on 3 June 1999.

Read the inquiry report

The inquiry was referred by the Treasurer to the Industry Commission in December 1997. With the passage of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 (and the abolition of the Industry Commission), this inquiry was completed by the Productivity Commission.

The Commission was asked to report on the arrangements for negotiating entitlements under air services agreements and the process of allocating capacity entitlements to Australian carriers. The Commission was also asked to report on a range of related issues including:

  • effects of the current bilateral system of international air service agreements on competition, both in the global market and on Australia's existing and potential aviation markets
  • whether the International Air Services Commission allocation process provides net benefits to Australian's existing and potential aviation markets
  • impacts of the current arrangements on tourism, consumers, air freight and the aviation industry
  • importance of availability of airport infrastructure to negotiations in the trade of air services
  • options for improving current arrangements, both within the bilateral system and outside the bilateral system.

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