Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is an independent statutory authority established in 1995 under the Civil Aviation Act 1988.The main object of this Act is to establish a regulatory framework for maintaining, enhancing and promoting the safety of civil aviation, with particular emphasis on preventing aviation accidents and incidents.

In accordance with the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and the regulations, CASA has the function of conducting the safety regulation of:

  • the civil air operations in Australian territory; and
  • the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory.

While safety regulation of civil aviation remains its primary role, CASA also provides safety education and training programs and has the acquired responsibility for airspace regulation.

Government Priorities and CASA's commitment to Aviation Safety

The Government is committed to maintaining and enhancing safety as its number one priority in aviation. As Australia's aviation safety regulator, CASA will support the Government to maintain, enhance and promote the safety of civil aviation with particular emphasis on preventing aviation accidents and incidents.

CASA will ensure the relevant requirements of the Government's White Paper on National Aviation Policy and initiatives presented in the Minister's Statement of Expectations are implemented effectively and efficiently.

The Government has set out some clear objectives in the Aviation White Paper, namely:

  • to give industry the certainty and incentive to plan and invest for the long term;
  • to maintain and improve Australia's excellent safety record;
  • to give proper consideration to the interests of travellers and users of airports; and
  • to better manage the impact of aviation activity on communities and the environment.

CASA's comprehensive planning framework fully incorporates the Government direction and ensures the relevant requirements of the Aviation White Paper are implemented effectively and efficiently. CASA aims to achieve its commitment to aviation safety through its three key goals. They are:

  • comprehensive, consistent and effective regulation to enhance aviation safety;
  • good governance and continuous improvement of organisational efficiency; and
  • effective and appropriate relationships with the wider aviation community.

Each CASA goal is supported by a number of strategies and initiatives. The progress and achievement of the initiatives are monitored by a comprehensive performance management and reporting process. CASA will continue its commitment to making further improvements to the way it operates and continuously strive to achieve its high-level goals.

Challenging aviation trends and implications for CASA

The aviation landscape is growing in complexity, including through, the entry of additional foreign and low cost operators, introduction of bigger and more technologically complex and fuel efficient aircraft, increased competition for qualified staff, an ageing fleet at the smaller end of the industry and an increasing number of passengers flying every year. Like other safety regulators around the world, CASA faces all these key challenges and is cognisant of the need to ensure that safety-related considerations are at the forefront of CASA regulatory actions.

As a key priority, CASA continues to develop and implement new standards and regulations. CASA will stay abreast of changes within the aviation industry by carefully analysing safety and operational data to look for trends and emerging risks which need to be addressed. This approach will further focus CASA on its core activity—the regulation of aviation safety.

CASA's funding strategy

CASA established a Funding Strategy which provides a framework of financial sustainability for the period 2010–11 to 2013–14, consistent with the funding principles outlined in the Aviation White Paper. The funding provided through this strategy, that is, the increase in fuel excise, 0.702 cents per litre, will continue over the forward estimates period.

Cost recovery arrangements

CASA collects fees for regulatory services in accordance with the Civil Aviation (Fees) Regulations 1995.

The Government's Aviation White Paper caps the sum of CASA's regulatory fees at the current $15m per annum until June 2015. The cap acknowledges the Government's commitment to address the impact of CASA's regulatory charges, in particular on regional Australia and general aviation.

A new Cost Recovery Impact Statement (CRIS) has been prepared outlining the outcomes of our recent review of our cost recovery arrangements. The cost recovery review is a periodic review that all significant cost recovery agencies are to undertake in accordance with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines, July 2005.

There will be no increases to the fixed fees or hourly rates in 2013–14.
The following table shows budgeted revenue from CASA's cost recovery arrangements.

  Estimated
Actual
2012-13
$m
Budget

2013-14
$m
Forward
Estimate
2014-15
$m
Forward
Estimate
2015-16
$m
Forward
Estimate
2016-17
$m
LTFS Regulatory service fees 12.7 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.5
ASIC/AVID issue and renewal 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.6
Total 14.2 13.5 13.5 13.5 14.1

1.2: Agency resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources.

Table 1.1: Agency resource statement—Budget estimates for 2013–14 as at Budget May 2013

1.3: Budget measures

Budget measures in Part 1 relating to CASA are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and are summarised below.

Table 1.2: Agency 2013–14 Budget measures

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