RASF - 24 November 2015
The Australian Government has set a clear agenda for CASA in 2015 and the years to follow through their response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR) which was released late in 2014. There were 37 recommendations for the Government to consider, and 32 directly relates to CASA.
CASA's implementation schedule to the Government’s response to the ASRR is fully embedded within the CASA's (four-year) Corporate Plan. The Plan clearly articulates what CASA will do to deliver the Government’s aviation safety objectives, how we intend to do that, and the associated performance measures. Establishing a framework to implement the Government’s response to the ASRR report is one of my key priorities.
CASA's implementation schedule to the Government’s response to the ASRR and the Corporate Plan initiatives are generally planned to achieve in relatively a short timeframe and I recognised that a much longer-term Plan is pivotal for CASA to position itself as a modern safety regulator to oversight the ever changing aviation operating environment. Therefore, stretching the planning framework beyond 3 to 4 years, as a part of my strategic vision for the organisation, I intend to publish by the end of the Financial Year, a statement of CASA’s long-term strategic intent?Flight Plan 2030?broadly setting out our objectives over the next 15 years. This Plan will identify CASA’s future path and will help the aviation community to better understand our commitment to, and shared interest in the promotion of aviation safety in and for Australia.
There are three principal steps in developing FlightPlan 2030:
- projecting the Australian Aviation Futures through an environmental scan (in progress)
- identifying and assessing Key Impacts and Challenges for CASA (in progress)
- developing Strategic Responses with a view of incorporating with the CASA’s mainstream planning process for implementation.
15 years for some is a long time. However, today’s young generation is the custodians of the future. Therefore, to make it a ‘fit-for-purpose’ exercise, I have engaged our young graduates to work on environmental analysis adopting a framework that will broadly describe the Australian aviation environment through to 2030 and beyond. The work is underway to identify existing and emerging trends in the technological, economic, social, legal, governance inputs for the conduct of air transport, aerial work and personal, sport and recreational activities using piloted and remotely piloted vehicles.
With a view of providing an external and independent validation to the process undertaken internally, we have engaged an aviation consultancy firm to provide an external futuristic view.
A major part of the project would include consulting with the Government agencies (i.e. Department, AsA, ATSB) and the industry entities/associations (i.e. Qantas, Virgin, AAA, AAAA, RAAA, AOPA, AMROBA, AIPA, AFAP, AAAF, RFACA, Aviation Australia). The industry has welcomed the opportunity to contribute and has commended the approach we have taken to develop the long term vision for CASA.
Further, to reach the city and regional aviation community, the FlightPlan 2030 forums were held in Mildura, Kununurra, Broome and Launceston. There are two more forums (tomorrow in Brisbane and next week in Alice Springs) to be held this year followed by four other forums in the first quarter of the next year to complete this task. I’ve personally chaired these sessions.
We need the Australian aviation community’s support to manage today’s safety issues and to plan effectively for the future. For those who cannot attend these forums and wish to connect with us, we have created an online forum ‘Have Your Say’ ? this is yet another opportunity for you to engage with us and contribute to Flight Plan 2030.
Having talked about important steps in terms of setting the right platform for the future and looking at the future challenges in aviation (regional and in holistic manner), the challenge for CASA is to attain the right safety outcomes without unintended consequences, unreasonable requirements or unnecessary costs.
Looking back, we can see times when the pendulum has swung both ways, possibly too far at times. I see my role as making sure the CASA of today and into the future gets the balance right. An aviation safety regulator cannot take a ‘light’ approach to safety, nor can we overburden the aviation community with regulatory red tape.
It is not an easy balance to strike, yet that is our job. A modern regulator should engage, educate and enforce only when necessary, fairly and proportionately. I will work hard to ensure we have a robust and effective safety system that allows risks to be addressed quickly and only interferes with the legitimate day-to-day activities of the aviation community when necessary in the interests of safety.
Thank you, happy to take questions now.