Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Section 1: Entity 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 programmes and responsibility for airspace regulation.

Australian Government Priorities and CASA's commitment to Aviation Safety

The Australian 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 Australian Government to maintain, enhance and promote the safety of civil aviation with particular emphasis on preventing aviation accidents and incidents.

CASA will ensure the directions of the Australian Government, as presented in the Minister's Statement of Expectations, are implemented effectively and efficiently. CASA's corporate plan fully details the activities and initiatives to be undertaken by the organisation to meet the expectations.

The Australian Government has set out some clear objectives, namely:

  • to maintain and improve Australia's excellent safety record;
  • to give proper consideration to the interests of travellers and users of airports;
  • to better manage the impact of aviation activity on communities and the environment; and
  • to engage clearly, openly and effectively with the aviation industry to continuously improve Australia's aviation safety regulation system.

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

  • to maintain and enhance a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulation system;
  • to engage with the wider aviation community to promote and support a positive safety culture; and
  • continuous improvement of organisational performance.

Each CASA goal is supported through a number of key performance areas (KPA) and indicators (KPI). The progress and achievement against the KPIs is 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 international and low cost operators, the rapid increase in remotely piloted aircraft systems, the increase in off-shore helicopter operations in the resource sector, ongoing competition for safety critical 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's regulatory actions.

As a key priority, CASA continues to develop and implement new safety standards and regulations, taking into account the Australian Government's deregulation agenda. 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 receives funding from three major sources: a Government annual appropriation; 3.556 cent per litre excise on aviation fuel consumed by all domestic aircraft all of which is provided to CASA; and from regulatory service fees.

This funding strategy, which has essentially been in place since 2010–11, will be reviewed as part of the 2016–17 Budget to ensure that CASA has consistent and stable long term funding available to undertake its on-going safety related functions.

Cost Recovery Arrangements

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

A new draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) has been available for public comment for the past two months, updated where appropriate, and is now being considered by the Board. The draft CRIS outlines the fees to support the new pilot licencing suite. The CRIS was prepared and consulted in accordance with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines, July 2014.

There will be no increases to the amounts charged for fixed fees or hourly rates in 2015–16.

The following table shows budgeted revenue from CASA's cost recovery arrangements.


LTFS Regulatory service fees 13.2 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0
ASIC/AVID issue and renewal 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Total 14.7 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.5

1.2: Entity resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources.

Table 1.1: Entity resource statement—Budget estimates for 2015–16 as at Budget May 2015

1.3: Budget measures

There are no Budget measures relating to CASA detailed in Budget Paper No. 2.

Table 1.2: Entity 2015–16 Budget measures

Part 1: Measures announced since the 2014–15 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)

This table is not provided as there have been no measures since MYEFO for CASA.

Part 2: MYEFO measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement

This table is not provided as there were no MYEFO measures for CASA.

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