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CASA Annual Report 2003 04 Part 1: Overview of CASA in 2003-04

Overview of CASA in 2003–04

CASA at a glance

This section outlines some key information about CASA and its role.

The challenge

To lead the aviation community in providing Australia with a world-class air safety environment, which has public trust and confidence.

Our vision

Safe skies for all

Our values

  • a shared commitment to CASA’s vision of Safe skies for all
  • continual examination of ways to improve everything CASA does
  • dedication to timely, quality service internally and externally
  • integrity and professionalism
  • respect and courtesy
  • fairness and consistency
  • teamwork


Our decisions will be:

  • consistent
  • predictable
  • fair
  • transparent
  • independent
  • based on good judgement

We will demonstrate our willingness to:

  • be flexible and responsive
  • communicate and listen
  • consult widely
  • be open to ideas from the local and international aviation communities
  • maintain a high level of visibility to industry


What CASA is

CASA is an independent statutory authority within the Transport and Regional Services portfolio. It was established in 1995, under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, to regulate aviation safety in Australia and the safety of Australian aircraft overseas.

There were 701 CASA staff located in 13 offices around Australia at the end of June 2004. Operating revenue for 2003–04 was $110.859 million.

What CASA does

CASA’s role is to maintain, enhance and promote civil aviation safety by:

  • setting aviation standards
  • certifying aircraft, maintenance organisations and operators
  • licensing pilots and engineers
  • registering examiners
  • carrying out safety surveillance
  • enforcing safety standards
  • promoting industry awareness and understanding of aviation safety standards and safety issues
  • encouraging greater industry acceptance of its obligations to maintain high standards of aviation safety
  • monitoring the safety performance of the aviation industry and identifying safety-related trends and risk factors
  • assessing international safety developments
  • consulting and communicating with all interested parties on aviation safety issues
  • managing and administering the requirement that operators hold carriers’ liability insurance
  • cooperating, upon invitation, with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in investigating aircraft accidents and incidents
  • promoting the development of Australia’s civil aviation safety capabilities, skills and services for the benefit of the Australian community and for export.


Who CASA does it for

CASA’s stakeholders1 include:

  • 20 million Australians
  • 54.5 million domestic and international airline travellers
  • participants in 1.6 million general aviation flying hours
  • the holders of 12 160 aircraft registrations on the Australian register
  • 952 Air Operator’s Certificate holders
  • 714 maintenance organisations
  • 256 aerodrome operators
  • 1 provider of air traffic services, aeronautical telecommunications, and air traffic services training
  • 3 providers of aerodrome rescue and fire fighting services
  • 33 156 pilots and other flight crew
  • 6247 licensed aircraft maintenance engineers
  • approximately 15 000 members of sports aviation organisations.


Where CASA is located

/Figure 1: Location of CASA offices

Figure 1: Location of CASA offices

A list of addresses for CASA offices is provided in Part 5.


How to contact CASA

GPO Box 2005

Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

CASA Building

Cnr Northbourne Ave and Barry Drive

Canberra ACT 2600 Australia

National number (local call cost): (+ 61 from outside Australia) 131 757

Confidential Hotline: (+ 61 from outside Australia) 02 6217 1010 or 1800 074 737

Facsimile: (+ 61 from outside Australia) 02 6217 1209

Email: feedback@casa.gov.au

Web site: /


CASA’s legislative framework

Enabling legislation and functions

CASA was established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority by an amendment to the Civil Aviation Act 1988.

Under section 9 of the Act, CASA has the primary function of conducting the safety regulation of:

  • civil air operations in Australian territory
  • the operation of Australian registered aircraft outside Australian territory.

Section 9A of the Act requires CASA to regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration in the exercise of its powers and the performance of its functions.

The Civil Aviation Regulations (CARs) 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs) 1998, developed under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, provide for general regulatory controls over air navigation safety. The Act and the Regulations allow CASA to issue Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) on detailed matters of regulation. CASA is progressively bringing the 1988 Regulations and the Civil Aviation Orders into the 1998 Regulations under its Regulatory Reform Program.

CASA is also responsible for administering the requirement that operators hold insurance pursuant to the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959.

Other legislation

Other legislation affecting CASA’s exercise of powers and performance of functions includes the:

  • Air Navigation Act 1920
  • Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997
  • Auditor-General Act 1997
  • Criminal Code Act 1995
  • Ombudsman Act 1976
  • Freedom of Information Act 1982
  • Privacy Act 1988
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975
  • Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977.