The Civil Aviation Safety Authority
CASA, Australia’s air safety regulator, was established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority under the Civil Aviation Act 1988.
CASA’s key role is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian territory and the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory.
CASA is also responsible for ensuring that Australian-administered airspace is administered and used safely.
At 30 June 2012, CASA employed 818 ongoing and non-ongoing employees in offices around Australia (see page 168).
CASA has a direct regulatory relationship with approximately:
- 37,800 pilots
- 14,748 owners of aircraft
- 860 Air Operator’s Certificate holders
- 7,466 Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
- 980 air traffic controllers
- 324 operators of certified and registered aerodromes
- 730 maintenance organisations.
CASA is also indirectly connected with more than 100,000 people who are involved in the Australian aviation industry, and with the many millions of passengers whose safety is CASA’s primary concern.
This annual report primarily reviews performance against the corporate goals identified in the CASA Corporate Plan 2011–12 to 2013–14.
Safe skies for all
To enhance and promote aviation safety through effective regulation and by encouraging the wider aviation community to embrace and deliver higher standards of safety.
- We are committed to CASA’s mission
- We value our people
- We perform our functions to maintain Australia’s status as a leading aviation nation
- We understand our relevance and responsibilities to the wider aviation community
- We encourage effective leadership, management and a team approach
- Comprehensive, consistent and effective regulation to enhance aviation safety
- Good governance and continuous improvement of organisational efficiency
- Effective and appropriate relationships with the wider aviation community
CASA recorded an operating deficit of $1.8 million in 2011–12, compared with a $1.2 million deficit in 2010–11.
|Key indicator||2010–11 ($m)||2011–12 ($m)||Change (%)|
|Operating surplus (deficit)||(1.2)||(1.8)||50|
Key corporate statistics
|Total operating income ($m)||143.9||148.1||151.1||166.4||171.7|
|Total operating expenses ($m)||131.8||146.2||152.9||167.6||173.5|
|Total assets ($m)||99.1||99.0||105.6||121.3||115.7|
|Total liabilities ($m)||39.4||37.5||42.7||60.7||56.7|
|Total equity ($m)||59.7||61.5||62.9||60.6||58.9|
|Total staff numbers||653||675||702||786||818|
|Aircraft registered at 30 June||13,270||13,510||13,907||14,362||14,748|
|Air Operator’s Certificates current at 30 June—General aviation and airline operations||839||749||938||820||860|
|Certificates of Approval current at 30 June—General aviation||650||635||735||736a||733a|
|Certificates of Approval current at 30 June—Airline operations||80||62||72|
|Flight crew licences issued||7,681||7,580||7,345||7,884||7,306|
|Flight crew licences current at 30 June||35,021||35,312||33,867||34,308||37,776|
|Australian flight crew licensing examinations||22,840||23,678||22,006||20,660||17,768|
|Medical certificates issued||47,254||41,781||33,957||25,259||22,809|
|Aircraft Maintenance Engineer examinations||8,113||6,805||5,907||6,355||6,249|
|Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licences current at 30 June||6,474||6,613||6,796||7,076||7,466|
CASA’s information management system no longer separates current Certificates of Approval into the general aviation and airline operations categories. From 2010–11, the number of current certificates is the total of all current certificates.