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CASA Annual Report 2002 03 Part 3: Corporate governance

Part 3: Corporate governance

Advisory bodies

CASA has two external industry advisory bodies: the Aviation Safety Forum and the Standards Consultative Committee.

Aviation Safety Forum

The Aviation Safety Forum is a consultative body set up to help the aviation community and CASA work together effectively to improve aviation safety in Australia.

The Aviation Safety Forum is broadly representative of stakeholders in the aviation community. Its 15 members provide expert input based on their extensive backgrounds in passenger transport, engineering, general aviation, aviation consumer issues and as officers of Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence. The Department of Transport and Regional Services sends an observer to meetings.

Bruce Byron

ASF Chairman, Bruce Byron, AM

In accordance with its Charter, the Aviation Safety Forum advises CASA on strategic issues associated with regulation of the aviation industry and on certain aspects of CASA's operations. This advice may be sought by CASA or put forward by the Aviation Safety Forum itself.


The Aviation Safety Forum met four times in 2002–03, including one joint meeting with the CASA Board in December 2002. Some of the key issues the Aviation Safety Forum addressed and advised CASA or the Minister on in 2002–03 were:

  • CASA's management of the Regulatory Reform Program and its implementation
  • CASA's progress towards better regulatory service delivery and improved compliance practices
  • development of CASA's corporate plan and budget, particularly with respect to transparency and performance indicators
  • sport aviation administration policy
  • Classification of Operations policy
  • risk management
  • communication management
  • content of proposed reforms to pilot licensing, flight training and air transport.

The Aviation Safety Forum also pursued a number of topical matters, including CASA's 2002 survey of public satisfaction with aviation safety, aviation safety research and development, CASA's approach to new aviation technology, requirements associated with minimum equipment lists and the disclaimer on the CASA web site.

During the year, four members finished their terms and four new members were appointed. Another member was unable to accept the extended term offered following the December 2001 review of the Aviation Safety Forum and will be replaced in 2003–04.

Detailed information about the Aviation Safety Forum (including its charter, membership and meeting reports) is provided on CASA's web site at /corporat/asforum/index.htm.


Standards Consultative Committee

The Standards Consultative Committee brings together representatives from a diverse range of aviation industry groups to work with CASA on regulatory change.

The Standards Consultative Committee's principal task is to consider standards development safety regulatory issues in relation to the CASA Regulatory Reform Program. As well as developing new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs), the Standards Consultative Committee is involved in miscellaneous projects relating to amendments to the current Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CARs), Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) and Airworthiness Directives (ADs).

The Standards Consultative Committee considers legislative change proposals, with a view to recommending to its Sub-Committees and to CASA, which proposals are worthy of consideration and, if so, the priority that should be placed on the regulatory development work associated with each. The Standards Consultative Committee also identifies the individual industry experts to work with CASA staff in project teams developing regulatory proposals, under the authority of Sub-Committees.

There are 34 organisations represented on the Standards Consultative Committee, with membership extended this year to the Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Business Association.

Patrick Murray

SCC Chairman, Patrick Murray


The Standards Consultative Committee met on four occasions during 2002–03. Some of the key issues considered were:

  • establishment of an internet-based discussion forum to facilitate exchange of ideas and information amongst the Standards Consultative Committee and its Sub-Committees
  • applicability of Manuals of Standards and Advisory Circulars as supporting documentation to CASR Parts
  • establishment of a nine-step consultation process for considering regulatory reform issues between the Standards Consultative Committee and CASA
  • consideration of risk management and regulation impact assessment and its applicability in the aviation environment
  • review of various CASR Part/AD/CAR amendment Discussion Papers and Notices of Proposed Rule Making (NPRMs)
  • Classification of Operations policy
  • presentation to the aviation community at the 2003 Australian International Airshow.

Further information about the Standards Consultative Committee (including its membership, Sub-Committees, meeting agendas and reports) is provided on CASA's web site at /avreg/newrules/scc/index.htm.


Special Adviser on Regulatory Reform

Late in 2001–02, Bruce Byron, AM, was appointed special adviser on regulatory reform and tasked with facilitating communication of industry views to CASA. This year Mr Byron consulted widely within the industry about the effectiveness of CASA's consultative processes and about specific regulatory reform issues.

Mr Byron advised CASA on improvements that could be made to consultative processes. As a result, we took a number of steps, including:

  • increasing the transparency of reporting on industry responses to our Discussion Papers and NPRMs
  • extending the response period allowed for a number of consultative documents
  • holding a major conference on proposed reforms to flight crew licensing, operations and training.

Mr Byron also provided CASA with some invaluable feedback by actively seeking the opinions and concerns of industry members, other than industry associations and major players, who tend not to participate in the regulatory reform process.