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Annual Report 2005 06: Performance overview

Performance overview


CASA commenced a significant restructure during 2005–06, as outlined in the CASA Corporate Plan 2005–06 to 2007–08. The move to the new organisation, and the movement of staff to new facilities away from Canberra, created some delays in particular items in the corporate plan. However, most projects were delivered on time and to budget.

Enhanced level of safety in the aviation industry

Australia has not had a hull loss or fatal accident involving a high-capacity regular public transport aircraft.

According to the 2005 Australian Transport Safety Bureau report, Analysis of fatality trends involving civil aviation aircraft in Australian airspace between 1990 and 2005, there were three fatal accidents involving low-capacity regular public transport aircraft between 1990 and 2005. There was also a fatal training accident in 1995, involving a low-capacity aircraft with no passengers on board.

Statistics for fatal accidents involving general aviation aircraft show a downward trend (see figures 10 and 11).

Figure 10 – General aviation accidents per 100,000 hours flown, 1996 to 2005

Figure 10 – General aviation accidents per 100,000 hours flown, 1996 to 2005

Figure 11 – General aviation fatal accidents per 100,000 hours flown, 1996 to 2005

Figure 11 – General aviation fatal accidents per 100,000 hours flown, 1996 to 2005


A safer aviation community is achieved through development and application of quality safety standards
  • A closer partnership with the aviation industry to develop safety-focused rules
  • Completion of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs) on aircraft registration
  • Development of new aviation maintenance regulations
  • Flight crew examination pass rates benchmarked against international standards
  • Amendments to Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) for cropdusting, mustering, aviation sports activities and anti-terrorist training.


Compliance with Australian aviation safety legislation is secured through effective education, surveillance and procedurally fair enforcement
  • New or consolidated Brisbane headquarters for two CASA business groups
  • Implementation of the surveillance resource planning matrix
  • Completion and implementation of the Decision Assistance Risk Tool, and training in its use
  • Commencement of general aviation special audits for high-risk operators.


An informed and safety-motivated aviation community is achieved
  • New training materials for inspectors
  • New seminars for chief flying instructors
  • Successful seminar series for industry and aero clubs
  • Flight Safety Australia magazine celebrates 10th anniversary.

Regulatory services

Regulatory services are provided in a timely and consistent manner, aligned with CASA’s safety obligations
  • Appointment of more field operational staff welcomed by industry
  • CASA Licensing and Registration Centre set up
  • CASA Service Centre quality management system recertified
  • Appointment of CASA’s first Industry Complaints Commissioner
  • Manufacturing, Certification and New Technologies Office moves into action
  • GMEL software installed in the CASA environment.