Annual Report 2007-08 Part 4 Parliamentary oversight
CASA appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport in February 2008 and May 2008. A total of 23 questions on notice were directed to CASA by the committee.
On 29 May 2008, the committee resolved, under Standing Order 25(2)(b), to conduct a formal inquiry into the administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and related matters, with the closing date for submissions on 30 June 2008.
Noting the Government’s announced intention to release a National Aviation Policy Green Paper in the latter half of 2008 and the importance of maintaining Australia’s strong aviation safety record, the committee issued the following terms of reference:
- to assess the effectiveness of administrative reforms undertaken by CASA’s management since 2003
- to examine the effectiveness of CASA’s governance structure
- to consider ways to strengthen CASA’s relations with industry and ensure CASA meets community expectations of a firm safety regulator.
CASA made a submission to the inquiry and appeared at the public hearings on 2–3 July 2008. On 18 September 2008 the Committee tabled its report. The government is considering the recommendations of the report.
CASA responded to 10 written parliamentary questions, and provided input to 112 pieces of ministerial correspondence during the year.