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About us

Our Organisation chart

a chart of CASA organisation structure

Our vision

"Safe skies for all"

Our mission

To promote a positive and collaborative safety culture through a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulatory system, supporting our aviation community..

Our values

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.

CASA's role

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 certain features of Part IVA of the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959.

The Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, made under authority of the Civil Aviation Act, provide for general regulatory controls for the safety of air navigation. The Civil Aviation Act and CAR 1988 empower CASA to issue Civil Aviation Orders on detailed matters of regulation. The CASRs 1998 empower CASA to issue Manuals of Standards which support CASR by providing detailed technical material.

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.

Tripartite structure

CASA, the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities and Airservices Australia constitute a tripartite structure for providing safe aviation in Australia, each with separate and distinct functions, working together as an integrated system.

CASA and the ATSB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets out safety objectives and underlying values to guide the ongoing relationship between the two organisations. The MoU will maximise aviation safety outcomes and enhance public confidence in aviation safety.

How to contact us

For any aviation regulatory enquiries view our contacts list.

Aviation abbreviations and acronyms

View a list of aviation acronyms for general guidance and use in the aviation industry.


Aviation Retrospect - From Civil Aviation Branch to Department of Aviation, part of a series of historical publications prepared by the Department of Aviation 1985.

Last modified: 23 January 2018