Australia's State Aviation Safety Program

4.2—External Training, Communication and Dissemination of Safety Information

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

CASA aims to achieve an informed and safetymotivated aviation community which addresses its safety responsibilities based on the analysis of emerging issues in the industry. As part of this approach CASA provides a range of educational and promotional material to the industry and the public including information about CASA programs and safety publications in a variety of forms and seminars. CASA also has an active group of aviation safety advisors available to provide assistance and advice, which gives effect to CASA's mandate under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 to encourage a greater commitment to high aviation safety standards and a better understanding of the need to comply with aviation safety requirements. CASA also regularly publishes the magazine ‘Flight Safety Australia’.

CASA also publishes a range of manuals and guidance materials which are available to the public and industry.

Additionally, CASA has developed a range of support tools for industry and its technical staff to ensure better understanding and integration of SMS principles including:

  • a dedicated Safety Systems Branch which provides oversight and management of CASA's Safety Program; and
  • Safety Management: A Toolkit for Aviation—publicly available guidance information on SMS', including a toolkit for operators comprising documents and DVDs covering best practice, requirements of organisations, and CASA's approach to SMS surveillance.

A key part of CASA's regulatory function includes communication with stakeholders and industry representatives through a variety of fora. These include the Standards Consultative Committee, Sport Aviation Forum, Regional Aviation Safety Forum and online discussion fora. Many service providers and industry associations are represented on these fora. CASA also publishes guidance material to support the regulatory development and implementation processes.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

The ATSB also has a responsibility for the communication and dissemination of safety information, particularly information drawn from the results of its investigations and its safety research and analysis.

The ATSB achieves this objective through the publication of its investigation and research reports, the development and delivery of targeted safety messages to service providers and their staff and through coordination with CASA in the development and delivery of safety messages.

The ATSB is committed to raising safety awareness of safety issues and facilitating safety action through a range of communication and education activities aimed at both the transport industry and the general public. It pays particular attention to developing and delivering targeted safety messages and ensuring that the outcomes of its investigations are communicated as relevant and practical options for improving the system of safety. The principal objectives of this work are to ensure that the results of investigations are clear and understandable and to maintain an appropriate level of industry and public confidence in the processes for review and improvement of safety.

The ATSB communicates its safety messages to a range of government and industry stakeholders through presentations at safety conferences and industry fora and meetings. It also develops safety articles for magazines such as CASA's ‘Flight Safety Australia’ and prepares media releases and conducts on-site media briefings and, for relevant high profile investigations, media conferences.

The ATSB provides timely information about significant activities and report releases to interested subscribers via email and Twitter™.

The ATSB offer places to the industry on safety relevant training courses as resources permit. These include human factors and accident site fundamentals training.

Importantly, the ATSB consults with directly involved parties on draft safety investigation reports before they are published as final reports to ensure the factual accuracy of the reports and to provide natural justice to the parties. At times, this may include consultation with service providers and agencies from other States in accordance with the provisions of Annex 13.

The ATSB's research and analysis reports and accident and incident investigation reports are available to the public and industry via the ATSB website. Safety Recommendations and Safety Advisory Notices arising from investigations, together with a range of other useful safety-related information, are also available on the website.

Airservices Australia

Airservices' safety promotion activities have an internal and external focus. Airservices works with its customers through data exchange and industry fora to address safety issues of mutual concern. It also works with regulators to promote understanding of operational requirements and to develop training aids for pilots. Safety programs initiated and delivered by Airservices currently include:

  • Runway Safety Group as an industry wide body;
  • Local Runway Safety Teams at towered aerodromes;
  • Safety Bulletins provided to industry to enhance awareness of important safety issues such as airport works, route reversals etc;
  • Regular General Aviation (GA) Pilot Information Nights in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane;
  • Annual Air Traffic Services /Airline Safety Forum; and
  • WA Fly in Fly Out Forum.

Airservices also produces a range of safety communications media on Airservices-related functions and topics. These products are available to the aviation community through established liaison channels, safety magazines and newsletters and through the Airservices website.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

AMSA has a responsibility for the communication and dissemination of safety information in relation to search and rescue, particularly information about the Cospas Sarsat satellite distress beacon detection system. AMSA attends regional airshows,fora, industry group meetingsand other such events each year to provide information on current developments in search and rescue and the satellite detection of ELTs. AMSA also produces a range of safety communications media on search and rescue topics. These products are available to the aviation community through a web site and the Public Relations section and elements are included in safety magazines from time to time. Examples of this information can be found at:

AMSA maintains the National Registration Data Base for all Australian distress beacons, including ELTsand provides afree call telephone hotline foradvice and registrationof Cospas Sarsat approved satellite distress beacons. AMSA also provides an online self-help registration site for the registration of distress beacons.

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Last Updated: 9 July, 2014