About the Author
Margaret Arblaster is a Teaching Fellow in transport economics at the Institute of Transport Studies, Monash University and former senior manager at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). From her experience at the ACCC, Margaret has substantial practical experience with economic regulation and related issues in the transport industry, particularly related to economic regulation of aviation infrastructure. Over a period of 19 years Margaret's experience at the ACCC, and a predecessor organization, covered a major public inquiry into the Federal Airports corporation, the subsequent privatization of airports, corporatization of Australia's air navigation service provider, the administration of airport price cap regulation, the introduction of light-handed regulation, the development of a long term pricing arrangement for air navigation services and administration of airport specific access arrangements. This period was associated with some new approaches to the economic regulation of aviation infrastructure, including the adoption of more consultative approaches to regulation of ATM and light-handed regulation of airports, which subsequently influenced the approaches to regulation in some other countries. More recently, Margaret has been an active independent researcher and publisher of journal articles. Margaret has provided consulting advice to the ACCC and to the Victorian Government Department of Transport.