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CASA Annual Report 2003 04 Part 4: Accountability and external scrutiny

Accountability and external scrutiny

Parliamentary oversight

Committee hearings

CASA appeared before the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee’s Hearing into the Administration of the ATSB – Whyalla Airlines, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee’s consideration of the New Zealand Mutual Recognition Bill as well as Budget Estimates.

Regional Aviation and Island Transport Services

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Transport and Regional Services tabled its report, Regional Aviation and Island Transport Services: Making Ends Meet,16 on 1 December 2003. In relation to the effects of civil aviation regulation, the committee concluded that:

aviation safety regulations and the way they are administered impose significant costs on small operators in particular. This is contributing to the decline in the number of regional operators and the level of air services in regional areas. However, to achieve aviation safety outcomes a strong, effective and credible regulator is essential, and there is a need for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to strike the right balance between fostering a culture of safety in the industry and policing the regulations.

The Committee made 28 recommendations, of which six related to CASA. Those recommendations addressed concerns about the adequacy of regulation impact statements, timeliness and pricing of services, the quality and consistency of regulatory interpretation, customer relations and feedback, independent review of CASA’s actions and CASA’s role in aviation safety compliance.

CASA reviewed the report and provided input in February 2004 for the development of portfolio advice to the Government. The Government is preparing its response to the report.

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Report on administration of CASA

On 5 August 2004, the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee tabled a report on an inquiry, which began in 1999, into certain aspects of CASA’s administration. The Committee decided that it would be appropriate to make any final conclusions in the context of its standing inquiry into annual reports.

Parliamentary questions

During 2003–04 CASA provided timely information for responses to 10 Parliamentary questions placed on notice and a further 12 questions arising from Senate Estimate hearings.

Disallowances

No CASA instruments that were subject to Parliamentary disallowance were disallowed by either House of Parliament during 2003–04.

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