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:

Performance reporting requirements in the Portfolio Budget Statements are part of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework established by the PGPA Act. 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 - to provide an entity's complete performance story.

The most recent corporate plan for Civil Aviation Safety Authority can be found at: www.casa.gov.au/publications-and-resources/publication/corporate-plan-2016-17- 2020-21

The most recent annual performance statement can be found at: www.casa.gov.au/publications-and-resources/publication/annual-report-2015-16

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 2017–18 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 1Maximise 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 1988and 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.
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.

In exercising its powers and performing its functions, CASA is required to regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration.

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.
Delivery CASA has a range of key focus areas through which it will deliver its outcome. The detailed initiatives to measure success against these focus areas are outlined in full in the CASA Corporate Plan. 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/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 Number of accidents per hours flown by industry sector Reducing trend (a)
  Number of incidents per hours flown 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 Overall improvement to the 2015 industry survey and acceptance of CASA's annual performance report by the independent performance review panel
2017–18 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 Continued focus on improving CASA's stakeholder engagement with an industry survey to be undertaken in late 2017
2018–19 and beyond As per 2017–18 As per 2017–18
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.

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