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Section 1 : 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 functions 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, made 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.

CASA is planning to transition to an Agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 in 2007-08.

CASA's vision is 'Safe skies for all'.

CASA's challenge is to enhance and promote aviation safety through effective safety regulation by encouraging industry to deliver high standards of safety.

CASA's goals include:

  • achieve safety effectiveness
  • improved efficiency
  • improved industry and other stakeholder relations, and
  • improved accountability.

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