Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Section 1: Agency Overview And Resources; Variations And Measures
The role of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) remains unchanged from that specified in the 2006-07 PBS.
Total appropriation and other receipts to be received by CASA in 2006-07 are $123.8m, comprising $109.1m for departmental appropriations (including $66.6m from special appropriations) and $14.7m for departmental receipts from independent sources. Details of these appropriations are provided at Tables 1.2 to 1.4 and details of departmental receipts from independent sources at Table 1.5.
CASA's departmental appropriations and other receipts in 2006-07 have increased by $5.2m since Budget, primarily as a result of the Airspace management reform measure ($2.0m) announced since the 2006-07 Budget and an expected increase in regulatory service fees ($1.5m) and other non-taxation revenue ($1.6m).
Table 1.2: Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2006-07
CASA are not seeking appropriations from Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2006-07.
Table 1.4: Variations to Appropriations
Table 1.5 provides details of other receipts available to be used and include Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1977 receipts that are available to be spent, special accounts (non-appropriation receipts) and resources received free of charge. These estimates are exclusive of GST.
These estimates include receipts from interest on cash deposits and investments and cost recovery arrangements within CASA.
CASA's functions under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 include the provision of regulatory services. This encompasses issuing certificates, licences and permits to the aviation industry. At present, CASA has limited cost recovery arrangements in place for the provision of these regulatory services. Since formation of CASA in 1995 the regulatory service fees have been increased in 2004-05 and for the second time in January 2006.
CASA, as part of a comprehensive strategy for sustainable long-term funding, initiated the progressive full cost recovery of its services in 2005 06. Cost recovery receipts for 2006-07 are estimated at $11.8m, and will increase progressively to $21.5m in 2009-101.
Table 1.5: Other receipts available to be used
The Special Appropriation represents excise and customs duty on aviation gasoline and turbine fuel, which is collected by the Australian Taxation Office and paid to CASA through the Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 1999.
The Government has decided to maintain the existing rate of excise and customs duty on aviation gasoline and turbine fuel, with 2.854 cents per litre to be appropriated to CASA. Once full cost recovery is in place, it is proposed that the fuel excise levy will commence being reduced from the 2008 09 financial year.
Table 1.7: Estimates of special account flows
CASA does not maintain special accounts.
CASA does not receive administered capital.
Departmental Equity Injections
CASA will not receive departmental equity injections and loans in 2006-07.