Aviation planning policy in Australia: Identifying frames of reference to support public decision making

Rob Kivits, M. B. Charles

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Aviation planning policy in Australia, particularly as it pertains to the expansion of privatized capital city
airports, continues to be problematic as a result of legislation that requires federal approval for
infrastructure-related projects on airport land, but only requires other stakeholders, such as state and
local governments, together with resident groups, to be consulted. This study employs Q-methodology to
identify the frames of references held by those participating in the Australian aviation stakeholder arena
to develop a better understanding of the context in which existing federal policy sits and to allow airport
planners to navigate their way through the views of relevant stakeholders. The identification of these
frames of reference across three Australian capital city airports also revealed two underlying nation-wide
discourses of ‘power’ and ‘functionality’ pertaining to utilization of the airport space, and aviation in
general. These outcomes, though not providing a solution to existing controversies relating to airport
expansion, nevertheless concretize the prevailing discourses that should be addressed when formulating
and enacting aviation planning policy across the nation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-111
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Air Transport Management
Issue numberAugust
Early online date28 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Aviation policy
  • Airport planning
  • Land use
  • Australia
  • Q-method


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