Australia's State Aviation Safety Programme

Appendix B

Aviation safety regulations, instruments and other publications

Subordinate Australian aviation regulations and instruments and advisory material include:

  • Air Navigation Regulations 2016—which regulate a range of licence and approval conditions, on operators of international air services;
  • Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR) and Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR)—which provide the general safety regulatory controls in relation to aviation activities. These regulations set out in some detail the safety standards that are required in relation to airworthiness of aircraft, licences and ratings of operating crew and maintenance personnel, air traffic control, rules of the air, dangerous goods and many other safety issues;
  • Air Services Regulations 1995—which set out the functions of Airservices in relation to the provision of air traffic services, rescue and fire fighting services and aeronautical information services;
  • Airspace Regulations 2007—which enable CASA to perform the functions and exercise the powers in connection with the administration and regulation of Australian administered airspace;
  • Transport Safety Investigation Regulations 2003—which prescribes the accidents, serious incidents and incidents that must be reported to ATSB, and related matters;
  • Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs)—which set out CASA's directions and instructions in matters of complex detail. They typically contain technical detail and requirements that complement the requirements set out in the relevant CAR regulations;
  • Airworthiness Directives (ADs)—which address unsafe conditions on aircraft and aeronautical equipment;
  • Australian Technical Standard Orders (ATSOs)—which contain minimum performance standards for specified articles (i.e. materials, parts, processes and appliances) used on civil aircraft; and
  • Manuals of Standards (MOS)—which comprise specifications (standards) made by CASA pursuant to the relevant CASR regulations, of uniform application, determined to be necessary for the safety of air navigation.

CASA also issues a range of publications which are advisory rather than legislative in their nature and effect, such as:

  • Civil Aviation Advisory Publications (CAAPs)—which provide guidance and information in a designated subject area, or show a method for complying with a related Civil Aviation Regulation. CAAPs should always be read in conjunction with the regulations;
  • Advisory Circulars (ACs)—which are intended to provide recommendations and guidance to illustrate a means (but not necessarily the only means) of complying with the CASR regulations. ACs may explain certain regulatory requirements by providing interpretive and explanatory material; and
  • Guidance Material e.g. Airworthiness Bulletins (AWBs)—which are made to inform the aviation industry, in a systematic way, of essential information not considered mandatory. The information contained in an AWB is for information only, and issued by CASA to disseminate information as quickly and as clearly as possible.

CASA also produces a number of procedural manuals, which provide guidance to CASA staff, delegates and authorised persons related to matters dealing with, amongst other things, the preparation, assessment and processing of applications for various certificates, authorisations, approvals, permissions and exemptions.

More about aviation safety regulations and associated guidance material can be found at: www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/regulations-and-policy

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Last Updated: 10 May, 2016