Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

Australian Government outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Commonwealth programs are the primary vehicle by which government entities achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Entities are required to identify the programs which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.
Each outcome is described below together with its related programs. The following provides detailed information on expenses for each outcome and program, further broken down by funding source.

Note:
From 1 July 2015, performance reporting requirements in the Portfolio Budget Statements sit alongside those required under the enhanced commonwealth performance framework. It is anticipated that the performance criteria described in Portfolio Budget Statements will be read with broader information provided in an entity's corporate plans and annual performance statements—included in Annual Reports from October 2016—to provide an entity's complete performance story.

2.1: Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 1

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.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

This table below shows how much CASA intends to spend (on an accrual basis) on achieving the outcome, broken down by program, as well as by Departmental funding sources.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Table 2.2: Performance criteria for Outcome 1

Table 2.2 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 1. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2016–17 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

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.
Program 1.1
The following three goals represent the goods and services produced by the program in delivering its outcome.
  1. Maintain and enhance a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulation system
    CASA will focus its efforts on maintaining, enhancing and promoting aviation safety, as set out in the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and in accordance with all Government directions. CASA's work will centre on enhancing oversight and surveillance, continuing the Regulatory Implementation Program, continuing to reform the Australian administered airspace and continuing effective enforcement to secure compliance with safety standards.
  2. Collaborative engagement with the wider aviation community to promote and support a positive safety culture
    CASA maintains a constructive working relationship with other Australian Government agencies and promotes effective collaboration through 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.
  3. Continuous improvement of organisational performance
    CASA closely monitors its organisational performance and seeks to continually improve its operational activities, regulatory services and other support functions. CASA is adopting a comprehensive quality management systems approach to drive continuous improvement across all facets of the organisation.
Delivery CASA has five key performance areas (KPAs) through which it will deliver its outcome. The detailed key performance indicators to measure success against these five KPAs are outlined in full in the CASA Corporate Plan.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2015–16 Number of accidents per hours flown is reduced, by industry sector. Reducing trend (a)
  Number of incidents per hours flown is reduced, by industry sector. Reducing trend (a)
  Clear, open and transparent engagement with the industry to support the continuous improvement of an efficient and effective aviation safety regulatory framework. On target. Detailed performance indicators are contained in the Corporate Plan and will be reported against in the Annual Performance Statement.
2016–17 Number of accidents per hours flown by industry sector. Reducing trend
  Number of incidents per hours flown by industry sector. Reducing trend
  Clear, open and transparent engagement with the industry to support the continuous improvement of an efficient and effective aviation safety regulatory framework. Overall improvement to the 2015 industry survey and acceptance of CASAs annual performance report by the independent performance review panel.
2017–18 and beyond As per 2016–17. As per 2016–17.
Purposes CASA is Australia's aviation safety regulator and is a corporate Commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and was established on 6 July 1995 under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (the Act). The main object of the 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.

CASA's key role is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian territory and the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory. CASA is also responsible for ensuring that Australian-administered airspace is administered and used safely.

CASA, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence constitute Australia's aviation safety framework, each with separate and distinct functions, but working together as an integrated system.

In keeping with CASA's fundamental obligations, efforts are maintained and promoted at all times to ensure our decision-making and actions are lawful, fair, reasonable and consistent, and in all cases contribute to optimal safety outcomes, while not unnecessarily impeding the efficient operation of entities that we regulate.
Material changes to Program 1.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 1.1.
  1. This key performance indicator relies on the availability of data which is not published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) until after 30 June each year. As a result, no forecast outcome for 2015–16 can be determined.

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