Go to top of page

Annual Report 2005-06: Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act


The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) requires Australian Government agencies to make available information about their organisation, functions and operations, and about rules and practices used in making decisions that affect members of the public.

Section 8 of the FOI Act requires each agency to publish detailed information about the following:

  • the way the agency is organised
  • powers of the agency
  • types of decisions made by the agency
  • arrangements for public involvement in the work of the agency
  • the way in which members of the public may obtain access to relevant documents.

This statement is published to meet the requirements of section 8 of the FOI Act. Further information on the organisation, powers and functions of CASA is in Part 1 and Part 3 of this report.

Establishment of CASA

CASA was established on 6 July 1995 by an amendment to the Civil Aviation Act 1988.


The organisation chart shows the structure of the organisation.

Functions and powers

Section 9 of the Civil Aviation Act provides that CASA has the function of conducting the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian territory and the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory in accordance with the Act and regulations made under the Act. CASA also has other safety-related functions, including encouraging a greater acceptance by the aviation industry of its obligation to maintain high standards of aviation safety.

Freedom of information procedures and contact point

Under section 15 of the FOI Act, any person is entitled to apply for access to documents that fall within the scope of the Act. A request under the FOI Act should be in writing, be accompanied by a $30 application fee, and state an address in Australia to which notices under the Act can be sent. In certain circumstances, the fee is not required or can be remitted.

For a quick response, the applicant should give as much information as possible about the documents sought. It is advisable also to include a telephone number in case clarification is necessary.

Requests under the FOI Act for access to documents in CASA’s possession, or enquiries about access, should be directed to:

Freedom of Information Coordinator

Legal Services Group
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
GPO Box 2005 Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: 131 757
Fax: (02) 6217 1607
Email: freedomofinformation@casa.gov.au

The coordinator can help applicants identify particular documents being sought.

Facilities for access

Facilities for inspection of documents, and preparation of copies if required, are provided or arranged by the Freedom of Information Coordinator.

Arrangements for outside participation

Subsection 9(2) of the Civil Aviation Act states that one of CASA’s functions is to promote full and effective consultation and communication with all interested parties on aviation safety issues.

Section 16 of the Act states that, in the performance of our functions and the exercise of our powers, we must consult where appropriate with government, commercial, industrial, consumer and other relevant bodies and organisations, including the International Civil Aviation Organization and bodies representing the aviation industry.

The Aviation Safety Forum is a special consultative body helping the aviation community and CASA work effectively together to improve aviation safety in Australia. The forum advises us on important strategic issues.

The CASA Standards Consultative Committee is a joint CASA–industry forum, set up to involve the aviation industry formally during the development phase of regulatory material. The committee brings together CASA staff and representatives from a diverse range of aviation industry organisations, examines proposed regulatory changes to determine if they are worth pursuing, and helps us allocate priorities to those projects.

We comply with government requirements for the preparation of Regulation Impact Statements. As part of this process, we issue Notices of Proposed Rule Making in relation to any significant changes to Civil Aviation Regulations and Orders made under the Civil Aviation Act.

Categories of documents

The categories of documents (including internal administration papers and records, working drafts, statistical records, copies of emails, telexes, cables and facsimiles) that CASA holds include:

  • human and financial resource management records
  • ministerial, interagency and general correspondence and papers
  • policy documents, including recommendations and decisions, media releases and position papers
  • papers relating to new and amended legislation, draft instructions and draft legislation
  • briefing papers and submissions prepared for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Aviation Safety, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer, members of the Senior Management Group and the previous CASA Board
  • papers and records relating to certification, registration, manufacture, maintenance and operation of aircraft
  • papers and records relating to licensing of flight crew and maintenance staff, and certification of air service operators and organisations involved in aviation activities
  • papers and records relating to licensing, maintenance and operation of aerodromes
  • papers and records relating to development of aviation safety standards
  • papers and records relating to aviation safety education
  • documents relating to aviation industry surveillance.

Section 9 statement

In accordance with section 9 of the FOI Act, CASA maintains a list of manuals and other documents that CASA officers use as a guide to procedures and practices to be followed when making decisions or recommendations that affect the public. Table 12 lists those materials. Documents available in hardcopy can be purchased from JS McMillan at http://casa.mcmillanprint.com.au.

For further information about CASA documents, contact:

Document Control Officer

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

GPO Box 2005

Canberra City ACT 2601

Telephone: 131 757 (local call)

Email: feedback@casa.gov.au


Table 12 - Documents available from CASA
Document Available from
CASA website
Part of a CASA
CD-ROM library
Available in
Aerodrome Certification, Registration and Approved Persons Procedures Manual X X  
Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Procedures Manual X X X
Aeronautical Telecommunication and Radionavigation Service Providers Entry Control Procedures Manual X X X
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Invigilators Handbook X    
Aircraft Register Procedures Manual X X  
Air Displays: Safety and Administrative Arrangements X X X
Air Transport Pilot (Aeroplane) Aeronautical Knowledge Syllabus X    
Air Transport Pilot (Helicopter) Licence Aeronautical Knowledge Syllabus X    
Air Transport Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Examination Information Book X    
Airworthiness Directives Procedures Manual X X X
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licensing Procedures Manual X X X
Air Operator Certification Manual X X X
Air Traffic Service Training Providers—Entry Control Procedure Manual X X X
Air Traffic Service Providers Entry Control Procedures Manual X X X
Air Traffic Service Licensing Manual X X X
Authorised Engineering Representatives Procedures Manual X    
Aviation Rulings X    
Aviation Safety Occurrence Manual X X X
Commercial Pilot Balloon Syllabus of Training X    
Carriers’ Liability Insurance Compliance Procedures Manual X    
CASA Policy Notices X    
CEO Directives X    
Certificates of Airworthiness and Special Flight Permits X X X
Certificates of Approval Procedures Manual X X X
Day (Visual Flight Rules) Syllabus (Aeroplanes) X    
Day VFR Syllabus (Helicopters) X    
Designated Medical Examiners Handbook X X X
Enforcement Manual X X  
Flight Crew Licensing Manual X X X
Flight Crew Licensing Industry Delegates Handbook X X X
Industry Delegates and Authorised Persons Management Manual X X X
Manual of Operational Standards (MOS) X X X
MOS Part 60 Synthetic Training Devices X X X
MOS Part 65, Standards Applicable to Air Traffic Services      
Licensing and Training Requirements X X X
MOS Part 139 Aerodromes X X X
MOS Part 139H, Standards Applicable to the Provision      
of Aerodrome Rescue Fire Fighting Services X X X
MOS Part 143, Air Traffic Services Training Providers X X X
MOS Part 171, Aeronautical Telecommunication and Radionavigation Services X X X
MOS Part 172, Air Traffic Service Providers X X X
MOS Part 173 Standards Applicable to Instrument Flight Procedure Design X X X
Minimum Equipment List / Permissible Unserviceable Procedures Manual X X X
Operational Standards and Requirements Approved Synthetic Trainers (FSD 2) X X  
PPL Examination Information Book—Helicopter and Aeroplane X    
Production Approval Procedures Manual X X X
Service Charter X    
Syllabus of Examination Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licences Mechanical Category X    
Syllabus of Examination Aircraft Maintenance Engineer      
Licences Electrical, Instrument and Radio Categories X    
Syllabus of Training—Aircraft Radio Operator Certificate of Proficiency X    
Standards Development and Rule Making Manual X X X
Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) Competency      
Standards for CAS II Operations and Aeronautical Knowledge Syllabus of Training X    
The Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence (Aeroplane)      
Examination Information Booklet X    
TTMRA Bulletin—AME Licensing—TTMRA Information Bulletin X    
Type Certificate Procedures Manual X X X
The Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence (Helicopter) S76 Performance and Operations Handbook X