Serious and imminent risk
Where CASA has reason to believe that the holder of a civil aviation authorisation has engaged in, is engaging in, or is likely to engage in, conduct that constitutes, contributes to or results in a serious and imminent risk to air safety then the Authority retains the ability to take immediate action against the holder’s civil aviation authorisation/s.
Under the process: CASA may immediately suspend an authorisation upon receiving evidence that there is a serious and imminent risk to air safety;
- Within five days of the suspension CASA must apply to the Federal Court for an order preventing the exercise of the authorisation for such period as the court considers necessary to enable CASA to complete an investigation;
- If CASA obtains the order and, after the investigation, it believes it is necessary to do so, it may issue a show cause notice and may subsequently vary, suspend or cancel the relevant authorisation at the end of the show cause process (the authorisation remains suspended during the process). The affected party will be able to appeal to the AAT for a review of CASA’s decision.