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The Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Mutual Recognition with New Zealand) Act, came into force on 30 March 2007. It amends the Civil Aviation Act to permit Australia and New Zealand to mutually recognise air operator's certificates for aircraft with more than 30 seats or weighing more than 15,000kg Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW).
Mutual recognition will enable Australian and New Zealand operators to operate to, from and within either country on the basis of their home certification.
Eligibility for Consideration for an AOC with ANZA Privileges
In accordance with the Civil Aviation Act 1988, CASA must receive advice from the Secretary of the Department that the applicant is eligible for consideration for an Australian AOC with ANZA privileges. For more information, contact the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 1300 132 400, or visit Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Following are the arrangements regarding Trans-Tasman aviation regulation, signed between the Australian and New Zealand governments and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ).
- Arrangement Between the Australian and New Zealand Governments on Mutual Recognition of Aviation-Related Certification
- Operational Arrangement Between the Civil Aviation Safety of Australia and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand in Relation to Mutual Recognition of Air Operator's Certificates
How to Apply
Step 1 – Complete and send an AOC Application form
Step 2 – Gain approval
You will need to gain approval of a Transport Security Program. For more information, contact the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 1300 132 400, or visit Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Step 3 – Review of Application
Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by CASA through email. The criteria for assessment are the same as for the initial issue of an AOC.
CASA will review the application to ensure that you have answered the relevant questions and provided any documents asked for in the application. Should your application be incomplete, we will contact you and provide you with the opportunity to address the insufficiency.
Step 4 – Payment of Costs and submission of required supporting documents
An estimate of costs to process the application will be forwarded to you. The estimate is based on hourly rate and will cover CASA's assessment and/or inspections of your written procedures, key personnel and your facilities, including the cost to process and issue the certificate.
The estimate letter will also contain, if applicable, a list of documents we further require in support of your application. If you wish to proceed with your application, you will be required to:
- Pay the amount required in the estimate letter
- Submit the list of supporting documents
Assessment of your application will only commence when CASA has received your payment and supporting documents. The estimate is valid for 30 days from the date the estimate is sent. If we have not received your payment and any supporting documents required within 30 days, your job may be closed and your application returned to you.
A description of the estimate process is in our Fees and charges section.