New consultation arrangements
Changes to streamline and better co-ordinate consultation with the aviation community on key safety and regulatory issues are being made by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
A new Aviation Safety Advisory Panel is being established to provide objective, high-level advice on current, emerging, and potential issues.
It will replace a number of existing consultative committees and advisory groups including the Standards Consultative Committee, Director’s Advisory Panel, Airspace and Aerodrome Consultative Forum and the Regional Aviation Safety Forum.
Director of Aviation Safety and Chief Executive Officer, Shane Carmody, said the new consultation arrangements symbolise CASA’s commitment to effectively engage with all sectors of Australian aviation.
“We have looked at our various consultation mechanisms and found that there is far too much complexity and duplication,” Mr Carmody said.
“This often clouded effective and genuine engagement and is reflective of a system that is no longer serving the industry or community well.”
The Aviation Safety Advisory Panel will help CASA to direct its engagement with the aviation community and seek input on current and future regulatory and associated policy approaches. It will be supported by technical advisory committees and working groups.
Mr Carmody also thanked those involved in the existing committees.
“Each and every individual and organisation represented has made a valuable contribution to aviation safety in Australia today.
“I look forward to your continued support as we transition to a new model and to working with the aviation community through these new consultation and engagement arrangements.”
In order to establish the widest possible industry representation and expertise, the following individuals will serve as members of the ASAP for a period of two years:
- Mr John Thomas, Group Executive, Virgin Australia
- Mr John Gissing, Group Executive, Qantas Group
- Ms Caroline Wilkie, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Airports Association
- Mr Greg Russell, Honorary Chair, The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF)
- Mr Jim Davis, Chairman, Regional Aviation Association of Australia and TAAAF member
- Mr Michael Monck, Chairman, Recreational Aviation Australia and TAAAF member
The current Chair of the SCC, Professor Pat Murray, University of Southern Queensland will act as the independent Chair of the ASAP for the first 12 months.
The new consultation arrangements will come into effect from 1 July 2017. It follows a review of the approach of other aviation regulators around the world, advice provided by a working group of the SCC and discussions with key aviation representative groups and organisations.