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Section 1 : Agency Overview


The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) was established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority by an amendment to the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (the Act).

Under section 9 of the Act, CASA has the primary function of conducting the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian territory and the operation of Australian registered aircraft outside Australian territory. Section 9A(1) of the Act requires CASA to regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration in the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions.

The Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, developed under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, provide for general regulatory controls for the safety of air navigation. The Act and Regulations empower CASA to issue Civil Aviation Orders on detailed matters of regulation.

CASA also has responsibility under the Civil Aviation (Carriers Liability) Act 1959 to administer the requirement for operators to hold insurance that covers their potential liability to passengers for death or personal injury.

CASAs vision is Safe skies for all

CASAs challenge is to be a valued partner with the aviation industry in providing Australia with a world-class air safety environment, which has public trust and confidence.

CASAs goals include:

  • improving Aviation safety performance

  • achieving a high level of public confidence in aviation safety

  • becoming a world-class regulator, and

  • becoming a high performance organisation.

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