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Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction

There has been no significant change to the strategic direction of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) from that outlined in the 2009-10 Portfolio Budget Statements.

CASA is seeking an additional $3.8m through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2009-10 for additional resources to strengthen CASA's capabilities.

CASA's Funding Strategy

CASA has a Funding Strategy that establishes a framework of financial sustainability for the period 2009-10 to 2012-13.

In the context of the 2010-11 Budget, alternative funding options are currently being considered to ensure the ongoing funding of CASA's existing ongoing functions, the Office of Airspace Regulation and additional resources beyond the expiration of the existing agreement with Airservices Australia on 30 June 2010.

1.2: Agency resource statement

The Agency Resource Statement details the resourcing for CASA at Additional Estimates. Table 1.1 shows the total resourcing available from all sources for the 2009-10 Budget year, including variations through Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4, special appropriations and special accounts.

Table 1.1: Agency resource statement - additional estimates for 2009-10 as at Additional Estimates November 2009

1.3: Agency measures table

Table 1.2 summarises new Government measures taken since the 2009-10 Budget. The table is split into revenue, expense and capital measures, with the affected program identified.

Table 1.2: Agency measures since Budget

1.4: Additional estimates and variations

Total appropriations and other receipts to be received by CASA in 2009-10 is $153.5m, comprising $50.2m from departmental appropriation, $77.9m from special appropriations, and $25.3m from receipts from independent sources.

CASA's departmental appropriations and other revenue in 2009-10 has increased by $0.6m since the 2009-10 Budget. This is primarily as a result of an increase in Annual Appropriations of $3.8m for resources to strengthen CASA's capabilities, and receipts from independent sources of $0.3m for initial funding to undertake air strip risk assessment in Papua New Guinea, partially offset by a reduction in Special Appropriations of $3.4m from aviation fuel excise. Details of variations to appropriations are provided at Table 1.3.

Table 1.3: Variations to appropriations

1.5: Breakdown of additional estimates by appropriation bill

The following tables detail the Additional Estimates sought for CASA through Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4.

Table 1.4: Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2009-10

Table 1.5: Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2009-10

CASA is not seeking Additional Estimates through Appropriation Bill No. 4.

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