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CASA Annual Report 2003 04 Part 5: Statutory reporting requirements

Statutory reporting requirements

Other major events

Under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Orders 2002, CASA must report on any significant changes in accordance with:

  • subclause 10(1)(e) – significant changes in the authority’s state of affairs or principal activities that have occurred during the financial year
  • subclause 10(1)(f) – developments since the end of the financial year, giving particulars of any matter or circumstance that has arisen and has significantly affected or may significantly affect:
    • the authority’s operations in future financial years
    • the results of those operations in future years, or
    • the authority’s state of affairs in future financial years.


The following major events have occurred:

  • Resignation of the Director of Aviation Safety, Mick Toller, on 8 August 2003.
  • The Civil Aviation Amendment Act 2003, containing reforms to CASA’s governance arrangements and new enforcement provisions, received Royal Assent on 21 October 2003. The Act:
    • abolished the CASA Board, but retained CASA as an independent statutory authority
    • designated the Director of Aviation Safety as chief executive officer, responsible for managing CASA under the Minister
    • empowered the Minister to set enforceable policy directions and performance standards for CASA
    • empowered the Minister to establish consultation machinery for industry and stakeholders
    • introduced a number of significant changes to CASA’s enforcement procedures, including an automatic stay of most CASA decisions to suspend or cancel licences, a requirement for Federal Court review of immediate suspension action undertaken in circumstances of serious and imminent risk, a demerit points system, a voluntary reporting system for minor contraventions, and a system of voluntary enforceable undertakings.
  • The Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Act 2003 received Royal Assent on 6 September 2003. Schedule 1 of the Act:
    • enabled alignment of Australian aircraft maintenance philosophies with those of other national airworthiness authorities and international (ICAO) standards
    • enabled regulation of not only the technical aspects of aircraft maintenance, but also the control and management of aircraft maintenance
    • defined certain terms for use in the Act and regulations.
  • The Civil Aviation (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 came into effect on 12 July 2004, increasing the rates for existing charges.