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CASA Annual Report 2004-05 - Part 2: Operational Report

Part 2: Operational Report

Corporate Performance — At a Glance

  • While the total accident rate increased from 7.9 in 2003 to 8.2 in 2004, the best summary of data suggests General Aviation accidents per 100 000 hours flown has on average steadily declined at a rate of 4.8 per cent per year over the past decade;
  • The number of fatal accidents per 100 000 hours flown in the General Aviation sector is estimated to have declined at a rate of 6.2 per cent per year over the last decade;
  • Ninety-four per cent of planned compliance audits in General Aviation and ninety-seven per cent of planned audits in Airline Operations have been achieved;
  • Risk-based audits have been fully introduced to the Airline sector, and there is some progress to be made in introducing risk-based audits in the General Aviation;
  • Determination of the risk-based hierarchy of CASA?s safety priorities reinforced that CASA is established primarily to look after the interests of the travelling public resources will be allocated broadly inline with an industry sector?s position in the hierarchy of priorities;
  • CASA staff and Sub-Committees of the Standard Consultative Committee have been reviewing all draft CASR Part regulatory packages to apply the requirements of CEO Directives 16 and 17. The timeframe for completion of the RRP will be finalised pending those reviews;
  • Industry is becoming increasingly involved in the development of CASA?s standards through public consultation and representation on the Standard Consultative Committee;
  • CASA expects an increase in the number of exemptions and amendments to CASRs in the short-term, with a reducing trend over the long-term;
  • Transition of industry to CASR Parts 11, 47, 139 and 173 is in progress and the responsibility for completing the transition is now with the respective groups under the new structure;
  • CASA exceeded the target in on-time issue of AOCs and COAs issued within agreed timeframes. Ninety six per cent of AOCs and ninety-one per cent of COAs were issued on-time;
  • Ninety per cent of industry service recipients indicated satisfaction with the regulatory services provided by the CASA Service Centre;

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  • The Aviation Industry Regulatory System is on track to be implemented in September 2005;
  • CASA established the Flight Instructor Development Program. Training courses were conducted for ten CASA flying training role specialists and six industry Approved Testing Officers.
  • Eighty-eight per cent of course participants in safety education programs reported their knowledge on the subject matter improved;
  • CASA estimates that it improved educational and training coverage of industry by more than five per cent by distributing ?Briefings in a Box? to flying training organisations, by conducting ?Safety Evening Programs? in country locations, and by conducting various education programs and distributing education materials throughout the year;
  • No CASA decisions were overturned by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 2004-05;
  • A significant uptake of the new enforcement tools was evident from the number of infringement notices issued and Enforceable Voluntary Undertakings entered into during the year;
  • The Revised Performance Communication Scheme is currently being developed as part of the new Certified Agreement. This is expected to have continued emphasis on CASA values and behaviours;
  • The Long Term Funding Strategy was approved by the Expenditure Review Committee. CASA expenditure is limited to funding levels and two thirds of CASA?s funds (fuel excise and fees for services) are linked to industry activity;
  • CASA collected ninety-eight per cent of planned $5m revenue from regulatory services during the financial year;
  • During the year, nine hundred and forty media stories involving CASA were monitored. It was revealed that ninety two per cent of media stories were neutral in their treatment of CASA, with four per cent negative and four per cent positive. This is consistent with previous years;
  • There has been a low number of genuine complaints received by CASA;
  • A good cooperative working relationship exists between CASA, DOTARS and Airservices Australia in relation to Australia?s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO);
  • Australia was re-elected to Group One of the Council of ICAO at the 35th Assembly in late 2004 as a ?State of Chief Importance in Air Transport?. CASA made a significant contribution towards maintaining Australia?s position in ICAO;
  • CASA made good progress towards establishment of an effective working relationship with the European Aviation Safety Agency;
  • CASA has been very responsive to the new aviation security regulations; and
  • CASA showed a marked improvement in performance reporting by winning the Gold Award from the Institute of Public Administration (ACT Division) for its 2003-04 Annual Report and a Bronze Award from the Australasian Annual Reporting Award for the same reporting period.

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