Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

Outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Commonwealth programmes are the primary vehicle by which government entities achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Entities are required to identify the programmes which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

CASA has a single key portfolio outcome supported by a number of performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of CASA in achieving this outcome.

Outcome 1: Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.

Outcome 1 Strategy

CASA's portfolio outcome will be achieved by delivering its strategic direction articulated in the CASA Corporate Plan and by performing its day-to-day regulatory functions and activities as presented in the authority's divisional business and risk management plans.

Outcome 1 expense statement

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by programme.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Programme 1.1: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Programme 1.1 Objective

Develop and maintain a quality safety regulatory framework and oversight its application through effective entry control, surveillance, education and enforcement to maintain, enhance and promote civil aviation safety.
Programme 1.1 Expenses

The increase in CASA's programme expenses in 2015–16 is due to the increasing activity for the regulatory reform and other aviation safety related programmes.

Annual departmental expenses          
Ordinary Annual Services
(Appropriation Bill No. 1)
42,480 42,461 42,451 42,474 42,495
Special Appropriations          
Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 1988—s4 115,323 118,600 122,600 126,800 131,300
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year (a) 25,724 29,598 19,659 19,827 19,905
Total programme expenses 183,527 190,659 184,710 189,101 193,700


  1. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year are made up of revenue from independent sources, payments from related entities, the operating result and timings of accruals.
Programme 1.1 Deliverables

The following qualitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.

Maintain and enhance a fair, effective and efficient aviation regulation system
    • CASA will focus its efforts on maintaining, enhancing and promoting aviation safety, as set out in the Civil Aviation Act 1988. CASA's work will centre on enhancing oversight and surveillance, continuing the Regulatory Implementation Programme, continuing to reform the Australian administered airspace and continuing effective enforcement to secure compliance with safety standards.
Engagement with the wider aviation community to promote and support a positive safety culture
    • CASA maintains a constructive working relationship with the Australian Government and promotes effective consultation and communication with the wider aviation community. Through its consultative forums, feedback channels, educational efforts and promotional campaigns, CASA engages in a clear, open and transparent manner with the aviation industry to continuously improve the regulatory framework and be a partner in supporting and promoting a positive aviation safety culture.
Continuous improvement of organisational performance
  • CASA is accountable to the Minister, Parliament and the courts. CASA monitors its governance arrangements and continues to improve its operational activities, regulatory services and other support functions. This ensures CASA's decisions are fair, lawful, consistent, evidence-based and reflect systematic evaluation.

Programme 1.1 Key performance indicators1

The following qualitative key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme in 2015–16 and the forward years, assess the programme's performance in meeting its objective.

  • Number of accidents per hours flown is reduced, by industry sector.
  • Number of incidents per hours flown is reduced, by industry sector.
  • Clear, open and transparent engagement with the industry to support the continuous improvement of an efficient and effective aviation safety regulatory framework.


  1. These measures are considered as high-level performance measures with many government agencies and wider industry operators contributing to the outcome.

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