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Who we are

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) was established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority. Under section 8 of the Civil Aviation Act 1988, CASA is a body corporate separate from the Commonwealth.

CASA's primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. It is also required to provide comprehensive safety education and training programmes, cooperate with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and administer the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959.

The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 2002, made under authority of the Civil Aviation Act, provide for general regulatory controls for the safety of air navigation. The Civil Aviation Act and the Regulations empower CASA to issue Civil Aviation Orders on detailed matters of regulation. CASA charges for the provision of some services under the Civil Aviation (Fees) Regulations (1995).

Other legislation affecting CASA in the exercise of its powers include the:

  • Air Navigation Act 1920
  • Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997
  • Auditor-General Act 1997
  • Ombudsman Act 1976
  • Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • Privacy Act 1988
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
  • Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977

The Chief Executive Officer manages CASA, and is responsible to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

The Challenge

To lead the aviation community in providing Australia with a world-class air safety environment which has public trust and confidence.

Our Vision

Safe skies for all.

Our Values


strive to excel in all we do.


act with strength of character and conviction.


work together to promote a strong, cohesive and highly effective workforce.


actions and decisions are informed, consistent, risk-based, evidence driven and without bias.


actions and behaviour are open, transparent, ethical and accountable.


engagement with our peers, colleagues and the wider aviation community is clear, concise and respectful at all times.

Government Policy

In November 2003, the Federal Government issued CASA with a new Charter Letter. This Letter sets out strategic directions for CASA, outlines CASA's governance arrangements and sets out the Government's policy framework for aviation.

In the Charter Letter, the former Minister for Transport and Regional Services, The Hon John Anderson MP, summarises the Government's directions for CASA:

I wish to see CASA demonstrate world's best practice in the area of aviation safety regulation. In its daily dealings, CASA must exhibit those behavioural attributes of a good regulator including consistency, accountability, fairness, flexibility and efficiency.

The CASA reform process must be taken forward to achieve the Government's aim of a simple-to-follow regulatory system and a new and improved organisational culture. These objectives must be accompanied by explicit benchmarks and a capacity within CASA to demonstrate in a measurable and accountable way how and when these objectives will be met.

Our Functions

CASA’s four major functional areas of responsibility are:

  • Setting civil aviation standards that are appropriate, clear, concise and aligned with international practice
  • Providing regulatory services to industry in a timely and responsive manner
  • Securing compliance with Australian aviation standards effectively, fairly and in a consistent manner; and
  • Fostering an informed and safety motivated aviation community

These functions are further defined and performance measures articulated in CASA’s Corporate Plan.

Our Conduct

The community has a right to expect high standards of service based on sound ethical values.

The CASA Code of Conduct states that CASA staff must:

  • act honestly and fairly;
  • be courteous and helpful;
  • comply with all lawful and reasonable instructions given to them by a person entitled to do so; and
  • so far as priorities and resources permit, apply the highest possible standards of professionalism in everything they do.