DISTRICT COUNCIL OF LOWER EYRE PENINSULA
Position Title: AIRPORT MANAGER
Classification - Negotiated Agreement
1. POSITION DESCRIPTION
Reporting to the Director for Infrastructure and Works, the position is
responsible for the operation of the Port Lincoln Airport including
managing compliance with relevant legislation and managing airport staff
The position is also responsible for management of the Cummins and
Coffin Bay Authorised Landing Areas.
2. POSITION OBJECTIVES
The purpose of the position is aimed at ensuring the following:
1 Council airports are managed and operated in line with plans and
budgets adopted by Council.
2. Regulatory related programs and activities for the airports are
managed in line with relevant legislation.
3. The Director Infrastructure & Works is provided with key advice in
matters pertaining to airports.
4. Support is provided to the Director of Infrastructure & Works and
Council in the formulation of strategic plans, policies and
procedures, particularly in respect to matters pertaining to airports.
4. Leadership and direction is provided to airport staff.
5. Policies, systems and procedures are implemented to ensure the
efficient and effective operation of Council’s airports.
6. The Airport department contributes to the development and
implementation of compliant OHS&W strategies and activities
associated with the management of workplace safety, including risk
identification, assessment and control to ensure that staff operate
in a safe working environment.
3. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
3.1 Responsibilities – General
a) Work co-operatively as a member of the Council team.
b) Present a positive image of the Council in all dealings with the
3.2 Responsibilities – Job Specific
1. Assist the Director of Infrastructure and Works to Initiate and
implement plans and strategies which will ensure that Airport
operations are delivered in an effective, efficient and customer-
focused manner in line with budgets and programs set by the
2. Assist the Director of Infrastructure and Works with the Preparation
of departmental business plans and contribute toward development
of corporate and strategic plans.
3. Assist the Director of Infrastructure and Works in the development
of budgets and proposals, including anticipated revenue and
agreed expenditure provisions for the overall program of activities
and objectives for the Airport Section.
4. Assist the Director of Infrastructure and Works with development of
policy relating to airport activity.
5. Provide advice and feedback to the Director of Infrastructure &
Works regarding the Airport Section’s performance, trends and key
6. Develop effective practices and procedures to ensure the effective
operation of the Port Lincoln Airport, including:
Processing runway pavement concessions
Assessing development applications against the airport
obstacle limitation surface
Employee training programs
Aviation industry participant training programs
7. Control and monitor works in progress and expenditure against
8. Prepare monthly reports to the Director of Infrastructure and Works
on matters including works in progress, project management,
expenditure against budget and future budgetary requirements.
9. Provide leadership and direction in the management of the human,
physical and financial resources of the Airport Department in an
efficient and effective manner, including the definition of individual
staff responsibilities and accountabilities.
10. Monitor and manage the performance of the Airport Grounds
Person and other Council employees and contractors while they
are engaged in Airport activities, including in regard to regulatory
compliance and in the operation of airport compliance programs.
11. Prepare and administer an employee compliance training program.
12. Administer all required duties as the airport appointed Radiation
13. Liase and co-operate with other departments of Council in relation
to ensuring effective sharing of resources and information.
14. Administer and monitor Council responsibilities in accordance with
the requirements of the associated legislation:
Transport Security Plan (TSP)
Safety Management System (SMS)
Aerodrome Emergency Plan (AEP)
Bird & Animal Hazard Management
Airside Access and Vehicle Control Programs
Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP)
Radiation Safety Manual (RSM)
15. Administer and monitor airport compliance for non aviation
regulatory matters including:
Corporate firearm licence
Employee firearm licences
Wildlife destruction permits
OHS&W accreditations for employees
16. Administer the provision of information to be published in the
Aeronautical Information package (AIP).
17. Initiate procedures and processes to improve the efficiency and co-
ordination of services.
18. Manage the maintenance of Council’s Airport Infrastructure,
19. Manage the procurement of goods and services related to upgrade
and maintenance of airport infrastructure
20. Manage contract administration and supervision related to the
undertaking of all contracted airport works, including monitoring,
evaluation of performance of contractors, and authorisation of
completion of works.
21. Attend meetings of Council including committee’s when requested
by Council, the Director of Infrastructure and Works or the Council.
22. Travel, including overnight and day excursions on an as needs
basis to manage the business of Council.
23. Other duties as directed by the Chief Executive Officer or Director
of Infrastructure and Works from time to time.
3.3 Responsibilities – OHS&W
Employees of Council must ensure that all relevant legislative
requirements are met by maintaining a sound knowledge of relevant
legislation and ensuring that safe work practices are followed, Codes of
Practice are complied with and Council’s policies and procedures are
As an employee, your OHS&W responsibilities include:
Take reasonable care of your own safety and that of others;
Use safety devices and protective equipment correctly and in
accordance with procedures;
Obey all instructions issued to protect your own health and
safety, and that of others and not to perform any procedure or
task unless you have received necessary training;
Report any hazards;
Report any accident or injury which arises in the course of your
Keep work areas in a safe condition;
Not endanger your own safety or that of others by the
consumption of alcohol or drugs;
Not interfere with, or remove any safety devices or protective
equipment unless it is as part of an approved maintenance or
Support Council’s Risk Management Program;
Participate in an environment where all employees of the
District Council of Lower of Lower Eyre Peninsula assume
responsibility for managing risk; and
Comply with Council’s Grievances & Harassment Policy, as
adopted by the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare
As a Supervisor, your OHS&W responsibilities include:
Ensure that the workplace is a safe environment and observe OHS&W
Report all incidents/accidents on appropriate forms;
Assist OHS&W representatives to conduct accident
investigation as required;
Check that safety equipment is available and used when
Implement safe work procedures;
Consult with the Safety representatives and staff on workplace
Ensure employees complete accident forms for all
Supervise Work Teams, Trainees, Apprentices and Work
Experience Personnel; and
Plan and instruct participants by training, providing instruction
in safe work procedures and other OHS&W issues and
inducting employees in regard to performance and duties.
Ensure that all staff are trained and competent to carry out their tasks and
encourage continuous development of their skills:
Observe work practices and assess training needs;
Consult with staff to develop forward training plans;
Deliver training and arrange training sessions;
Evaluate effectiveness of training; and
Attend and participate in training as required.
Maintain Plant and Equipment in a safe working condition:
Ensure plant and equipment is presented for maintenance as
required by the appropriate personnel; and
Ensure all necessary repairs are carried out promptly.
4. POSITION REQUIREMENTS
a) Extensive knowledge of certified airport operations, including
familiarity with airport regulatory compliance requirements.
b) Sound knowledge of infrastructure management and minor
civil works, including pavement and seal maintenance.
c) An understanding of Industrial Legislation ( e.g. EEO,
d) An understanding of Industrial Awards.
a) Establishment of positive channels of communication with
elected members, staff and the community.
b) Ability to manage time and work priorities in a dynamic
c) Development of positive working relationships and networks
at all levels.
d) Set high standards for self and others and produce quality
e) Ability to think logically and creatively and quickly
understand the implications of problems.
f) Ability to manage staff by providing appropriate support and
direction and able to handle difficult situations diplomatically
g) Provide a positive, professional impression and inspire
confidence and cooperation.
h) Able to accept constructive criticism without being defensive.
i) Demonstration of loyalty to Council and respect to the
4.3 Experience & Qualifications
a) Appropriate qualifications and/or experience in the following is
considered to be an advantage:
Management of a Regional Airport
Civil Works, including pavement construction and maintenance
Procurement, including contractor management
The level of qualification is considered together with relevant
experience in deciding suitability for the position.
b) Experience in the management of personnel would be considered
c) A current driver’s license is essential.
5. ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIP
The position is accountable to the Director of Infrastructure and Works for
performance of the responsibilities as outlined in this job description.
The incumbent is subject to an annual performance review and will be
expected to achieve high standards of performance which will be
assessed against Key Performance Indicators to be developed by the
Director of Infrastructure and Works in consultation with the incumbent
which will generally be based on the responsibilities, specifications and
requirements as outlined in the job description.
The Airport Manager is authorized to take any reasonable action to carry
out the delegated responsibilities and functions as depicted in this job
description and as provided for within the delegations register. Such
action should not deviate from established practices, policies or budget as
defined by Council, or conflict with sound business judgment.
The person holding the position is accountable for fulfilling the objectives
and key responsibilities as set out in this job description.
8. PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Performance will be measured and assessed against the position
responsibilities and objectives set during annual appraisals.
9. SIGN OFF
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Chief Executive Officer Name ………………………………
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