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CASA Annual Report 2003 04 Part 5: Statutory reporting requirements

Statutory reporting requirements

Freedom of Information Act

Section 8 statement

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) requires Australian Government agencies to make available information about their organisation, functions and operations, and about rules and practices used in making decisions which affect members of the public.

Section 8 of the FOI Act requires each agency to publish detailed information about the following:

  • the way the agency is organised
  • powers of the agency
  • types of decisions made by the agency
  • arrangements for public involvement in the work of the agency
  • the way in which members of the public may obtain access to relevant documents.

This functional statement is published to meet the requirements of section 8 of the FOI Act. Further information on the organisation, as well as the powers and functions of CASA is at Part 1 and Part 3 of this report.


Establishment of CASA

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


The organisation chart shows the structure of the organisation.

Functions and powers

Section 9 of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 provides that CASA has the function of conducting the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian territory and the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory in accordance with the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and regulations made under the Act. CASA also has other safety related functions, including encouraging a greater acceptance by the aviation industry of its obligation to maintain high standards of aviation safety.


Freedom of information procedures and contact point

Under section 15 of the FOI Act, any person is entitled to apply for access to documents that fall within the scope of the Act.

A request under the FOI Act should be in writing, accompanied by a $30 application fee and stating an address in Australia to which notices under the Act can be sent. In certain circumstances the fee is not required or can be remitted. For a quick response, give as much information as possible about the document/s sought. It is advisable also to include a telephone number in case clarification is necessary.

Requests under the FOI Act for access to documents in CASA’s possession should be directed to:

Freedom of Information Coordinator
Office of Legal Counsel
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
GPO Box 2005
Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: (02) 6217 1606
Facsimile: (02) 6217 1607
Email: freedomofinformation@casa.gov.au

Enquiries may be directed to the Freedom of Information Coordinator as shown above. The Coordinator can help applicants identify particular documents being sought.


Facilities for access

Facilities for inspection of documents, and preparation of copies if required, are provided or arranged for by the Freedom of Information Coordinator.

Arrangements for outside participation

Subsection 9(2) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 provides that one of CASA’s functions is to promote full and effective consultation and communication with all interested parties on aviation safety issues. Section 16 of the Act provides that in the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers, CASA must, where appropriate, consult with government, commercial, industrial, consumer and other relevant bodies and organisations (including the ICAO and bodies representing the aviation industry).

The Aviation Safety Forum is a special consultative body helping the aviation community and CASA work effectively together to improve aviation safety in Australia. The Aviation Safety Forum advises CASA on important strategic issues.

The CASA Standards Consultative Committee is a joint CASA–industry forum, set up to involve the aviation industry formally during the development phase of regulatory material. The committee brings together CASA staff and representatives from a diverse range of aviation industry organisations to work jointly during the development phase of regulatory material. The committee examines proposed regulatory changes to determine if they are worth pursuing and helps CASA allocate priorities to those projects.

CASA complies with government requirements in relation to preparing Regulation Impact Statements. As part of this process, CASA issues NPRMs in relation to any significant changes to Civil Aviation Orders and Regulations made under the Civil Aviation Act 1988.


Categories of documents

The categories of documents (including internal administration papers and records, working drafts, statistical records, copies of emails, telexes, cables and facsimiles) that CASA holds include:

  • human and financial resource management records
  • ministerial, inter-agency and general correspondence and papers
  • policy documents including recommendations and decisions, media releases and position papers
  • papers relating to new and amended legislation, draft instructions and draft legislation
  • briefing papers and submissions prepared for the Director of Aviation Safety and the CASA Board
  • papers and records relating to certification, registration, manufacture, maintenance and operation of aircraft
  • papers and records relating to licensing of flight crew, maintenance staff and certification of air service operators and organisations involved in aviation activities
  • papers and records relating to licensing, maintenance and operation of aerodromes
  • papers and records relating to development of aviation safety standards
  • papers and records relating to aviation safety education
  • documents relating to aviation industry surveillance.


Section 9 statement

In accordance with section 9 of the FOI Act, CASA maintains a list of manuals and other documents that CASA officers use as a guide to procedures and practices to be followed when making decisions or recommendations that affect the public.

CASA officers use the following documents in making decisions or recommendations under, or for the purpose of, the Civil Aviation Act 1988. (NB Documents marked with one asterisk (*) are available from the CASA web site; those with two (**) are also available as part of the CASA CD-ROM Library, # indicates documents that may also be purchased in hardcopy from JS McMillan at http://casa.jsmcmillan.com.au

For further information contact:

Document Control Officer
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
GPO Box 2005
Canberra City ACT 2601

Telephone: 131 757 (local call)
Email: feedback@casa.gov.au


List of documents
  • Aerodrome Certification Registration and Approved Persons Procedures Manual**#
  • Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Service Procedures*#
  • Aeronautical Telecommunication and Radionavigation Service Providers Entry Control Procedures Manual*#
  • Air Displays: Safety and Administrative Arrangements*
  • Air Transport Pilot (Aeroplane Licence Aeronautical Knowledge Syllabus)*
  • Air Transport Pilot (Helicopter) Licence Aeronautical Knowledge Syllabus*
  • Air Transport Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Examination Information Book*
  • Airworthiness Directives Procedures Manual*#
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Invigilators Handbook
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licensing Procedures Manual*#
  • Air Operator Certification Manual*#
  • Air Traffic Service Training Providers – Entry Control Procedure Manual**#
  • Air Traffic Service Providers Entry Control Procedures Manual*#
  • Air Traffic Service Licensing Manual**#
  • Authorised Engineering Representatives Procedures Manual
  • Aviation Rulings
  • Aviation Safety Occurrence Manual*#
  • Carriers’ Liability Insurance Compliance Procedures Manual
  • CASA CD-ROM Library
  • CASA Policy Notices
  • CEO Directives*
  • Certificate of Airworthiness and Special Flight Permits*#
  • Certificates of Approval Procedures Manual*#
  • Commercial Pilot Balloon Syllabus of Training*
  • Compliance Management Instructions
  • Day (Visual Flight Rule) Syllabus Aeroplanes#
  • Day VFR Syllabus (Helicopters)*#
  • Designated Medical Examiners Handbook*#
  • Enforcement Manual*#
  • Exemptions and Variations Procedures Manual
  • Flight Crew Licensing Manual*#
  • Flight Crew Licensing Industry Delegates Handbook*
  • Industry Delegates and Authorised Persons Management Manual**#
  • Manual of Aerodromes Procedures*#
  • Manual of Controlled Documents
  • Manual of Operational Standards (MOS)*#
  • MOS Part 60 Synthetic Training Devices**#
  • MOS Part 65, Standards Applicable to Air Traffic Services Licensing and Training Requirements*#
  • MOS Part 139 Aerodromes**#
  • MOS Part 139H, Standards Applicable to the Provision of Aerodrome Rescue Fire Fighting Services*#
  • MOS Part 143, Air Traffic Services Training Providers*#
  • MOS Part 171, Aeronautical Telecommunication and Radionavigation Services*#
  • MOS Part 172, Air Traffic Service Providers*#
  • MOS Part 173 Standards Applicable to Instrument Flight Procedure Design**#
  • Minimum Equipment List/Permissible Unserviceabilities Procedures Manual*#
  • Operational Standards and Requirements Approved Synthetic Trainers (FSD-2)*
  • PPL Examination Information Book – Helicopter and Aeroplane*
  • Production Approval Procedures Manual*#
  • Syllabus of Examination Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licences Mechanical Category*#
  • Service Charter
  • Syllabus of Examination Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licences Electrical, Instrument and Radio Categories*#
  • Syllabus of Training – Aircraft Radio Operator Certificate of Proficiency*
  • Standards Development and Rule Making Manual*#
  • Surveillance Procedures Manual
  • Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) Competency Standards for CAS II Operations and Aeronautical Knowledge Syllabus of Training*
  • The Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Examination Information Booklet*
  • TTRMA Bulletin – AME Licensing – TTMRA Information Bulletin*
  • Type Certificate Procedures Manual*#
  • VFR (Day) Work Booklet for Fight Crew Licence Examinations*
  • The Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence (Helicopter) S76 Performance and Operations Handbook*