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CASA’s new regulatory philosophy

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has set out its new regulatory philosophy in ten key principles to guide and direct the way it regulates Australian aviation.

These principles will be reflected in regulatory policies and practices and in the way CASA engages with the aviation community.

The principles include building trust and respect, taking a risk-based approach, being consultative and collaborative, balancing consistency with flexibility, embracing a just culture approach, taking actions that are appropriate and in proportion to the circumstances, exercising discretion fairly and limiting CASA’s role in support of punitive action where action may be necessary.

CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety, Mark Skidmore, said the new regulatory philosophy is an important milestone.

“We now have a clear and concise set of principles that will guide all our actions,” Mr Skidmore said.

“It is vitally important every CASA person understands these principles, how they apply to the work they do and the need to ensure they adhere to them in practice.

“These principles will guide and direct the making and implementation of regulations, safety education and support, the delivery of regulatory services, operational surveillance and enforcement, as well as our consultation and communications.

“Where necessary, CASA will develop new policies and procedures to give meaningful effect to our regulatory philosophy.

“I am committed to ensuring these principles make a real, positive and lasting difference to the way CASA operates and way we interact with the aviation community.

“I understand some people may be sceptical at first about how or whether these principles will make a practical change to the way we carry out our regulatory responsibilities.

“To regain trust, we must earn that trust.  We look forward to the opportunity to do just that, and I invite the aviation community to use CASA’s regulatory philosophy as a benchmark against which our performance is measured.

“Although many of these principles are already reflected in existing policies and practices, the adoption of this regulatory philosophy will sharpen the focus on how and how well CASA does its job.”

Read the details of CASA’s regulatory philosophy.  https://www.casa.gov.au/about-casa/standard-page/regulatory-philosophy


Peter Gibson

Mobile: 0419 296 446

Email: peter.gibson@casa.gov.au

Ref: MR10515