The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is a government body that regulates aviation safety in Australia.
We license pilots, register aircraft, oversee aviation safety and promote safety awareness. We also make sure that the aviation community and the public use and administer Australian airspace safely.
In July 1995, we were established as an independent statutory authority. We operate within a legislative framework made up of acts, regulations, associated legislative instruments and guidance material.
The Civil Aviation Act 1988 describes our role. The Act also forms the basis of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. These regulations are broken into parts, which may have an associated Manual of Standards, as well as supporting guidance materials.
We employ about 800 people across Australia. We work with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts and Airservices Australia in a tripartite structure to provide safe aviation in Australia.
Our minister is the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. The minister appoints the CASA Board and provides them with a statement of expectations.
The CASA Board, chaired by Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC (Retd), governs us.
- decides CASA’s objectives, strategies and policies
- makes sure that CASA performs its functions properly, efficiently and effectively.
Our Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Aviation Safety (DAS) manages CASA in line with the Board’s directions and policies.
Our CEO and DAS is Ms Pip Spence PSM.
Our people work across these areas:
- Regulatory Oversight
- National Operations and Standards
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Legal International and Regulatory Affairs
- Corporate Services
- Transformation and Safety Systems
Delegates and authorised persons
We may delegate some of our regulatory powers or authorise others to perform specific tasks or functions on its behalf. Our CEO and DAS can delegate powers to anyone, including those outside of CASA.
Read more about delegates and authorised persons.
Industry Complaints Commissioner
The Industry Complaints Commissioner (ICC) reports directly to the CASA Board. The ICC does not sit within CASA's organisational structure. This ensures independence and impartiality.
Vision, mission and values
Our vision, mission and values inform our staff, stakeholders and partners of our shared responsibilities to keep our skies safe.
For the principles underpinning the way we work, see our regulatory philosophy.
Safe skies for all.
To promote a positive and collaborative safety culture through a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulatory system, supporting our aviation community.
- Excellence - to strive to excel in all we do.
- Courage - to act with strength of character and conviction while being accountable for our actions.
- Teamwork - to work together to promote a strong, cohesive and highly effective workforce.
- Fairness - to ensure our actions and decisions are informed, consistent, risk-based, evidence driven and without bias.
- Integrity - our actions and behaviour are open, transparent and ethical.
- Respect - to engage with our peers, colleagues and the wider aviation community in a clear, concise and respectful manner at all times.
- Innovation - to challenge existing practices and look for opportunities to support effective continuous improvement.