Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Aviation House in Woden.jpg
Aviation House, headquarters of CASA.
Agency overview
Formed 6 July 1995
Preceding Agency

Civil Aviation Authority

Department of Aviation
Jurisdiction Australian Civil Aviation
Headquarters Woden, Australian Capital Territory
Agency executive John McCormick, Director of Aviation Safety
Parent agency Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Website Official website


The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is the Australian national aviation authority (NAA), the government statutory authority responsible for the regulation of civil aviation.

History[edit]

Established on 6 July 1995 when the air safety functions of the former Civil Aviation Authority of Australia were separated from its other regulatory function of air traffic control (which went to Airservices Australia).

Role[edit]

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority uses the Australian Civil Aviation Ensign

CASA licences pilots, ground crew, aircraft and airfield operators; and is responsible for enforcing safety requirements under the Commonwealth Civil Aviation Act 1988 and the Air Navigation Act 1920. Although a corporate body distinct from the Australian Government, CASA is responsible to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.[1]

CASA was established,[2] and its functions are defined, by the Civil Aviation Act 1988. Those functions include conducting the safety regulation of:[3]

  • civil air operations in Australian territory
  • operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory
  • developing and promulgating appropriate, clear and concise aviation safety standards
  • developing effective enforcement strategies to secure compliance with aviation safety standards
  • administering drug and alcohol management plans and testing
  • issuing certificates, licences, registrations and permits
  • conducting comprehensive aviation industry surveillance
  • conducting regular reviews of the system of civil aviation safety in order to monitor the safety performance of the aviation industry
  • conducting regular assessment of international safety developments

CASA must regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CASA - About Us
  2. ^ Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Cth) s 8
  3. ^ Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Cth) s 9
  4. ^ Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Cth) s 9a

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