Safety and security

Safety and security encompasses the standards, systems, guidance, and management of safety for uncrewed operations. Safety and security also considers data recording, incident and accident reporting, methods of enforcement, and security elements of uncrewed operations as they relate to safety. This includes:

  • safety management systems (SMS)

  • safety promotion

  • safety innovation

  • accident and incident reporting, analysis and investigation

  • enforcement

  • data collection

  • cybersecurity.

Safety and security
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What we want to achieve

We will continue to work in the existing security frameworks, while strengthening cooperative ties with other Australian government agencies.

Further, we aim to take a scaled approach to safety and security management. This will enable innovation through flexible and informed, risk-based solutions to make sure a high level of safety and security for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM).

How we will do this

  • Publish SMS guidance materials for RPAS operations.

  • Set up RPAS focused safety education activities to promote CASA’s ‘just culture’ philosophy.

  • Engage with law enforcement and other agencies to build understanding of their role in the enforcement of RPAS regulations.

  • Consider data collection and uses to improve safety results.

  • Engage with other government agencies to understand and find RPAS and AAM cybersecurity risks.

  • Publish acceptable cybersecurity standards for RPAS and AAM.

  • Develop SMS and human factor policies that are proportionate to risk and complexity.

  • Consider and implement a tiered requirement for SMS for RPAS and AAM operators.

  • Coordinate with enforcement agencies and revise our enforcement manual.

  • Work with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications to provide transparent reporting on RPAS enforcement actions. These will promote corrective actions and lessons learned.

  • Continue to work with industry associations to promote key safety lessons from available data.

  • Apply streamlined processes for the approval of SMS for RPAS and AAM operators.

  • Continue to promote an understanding of ‘just culture’ across the RPAS and AAM sectors.

  • Coordinate the approach to enforcement between enforcement authorities.

  • Continue to carry out safety education and promotion activities to embed a positive safety culture.

Published date: 5 June 2022
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