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CASA Annual Report 2004-05 - Part 1: Overview of CASA

Part 1: Overview of CASA

Managing Risk

As an aviation safety regulator CASA must understand the nature and full dimension of the risks it oversees. CASA is therefore systematically identifying and analysing a wide range of issues and risks in order to make informed decisions that contribute to Safe Skies for All.

Risks are inherent in all aviation activity. As a regulator, CASA also faces a wide variety of risks. These risks can be associated with failing to detect breaches of safety standards, incorrect and inconsistent application of regulatory standards, failure to properly carry out statutory responsibilities; or they can arise from introducing new and advanced technologies, or from natural events. Managing risk, in conjunction with other CASA management directions, is integral to achieving CASAs performance goals.

Commitment to best practice risk management and developing a climate for a risk-aware culture extends from the highest levels to line managers and employees throughout the organisation. To understand the environment in which CASA operates and develop the operating assumptions that underpin CASA's future direction, CASA's strategic risk profile is regularly reviewed and updated.

As Australia's aviation regulator, CASA will always face decisions of where best to apply its resources to achieve the most effective industry oversight and to ensure public accountability for the resources it uses. For this reason, CASA continues to carry out risk-based surveillance to give priority to those sectors, operations and operators that pose the greatest risk.

National Airspace System

CASA will continue to play a key role in the safety oversight of the changes to Australian airspace as they are progressively introduced.

CASA will need to make further amendments to standards (e.g. CAO 92.3), the Aeronautical Information Publication, Civil Aviation Advisory Publications (CAAPs) and possibly regulations (CAR 166, CASR 71) to support National Airspace System changes.

CASA will continue to assist with education and training, and with stakeholder liaison on National Airspace System issues as appropriate.