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I am pleased to present CASA's Corporate Plan and five-year strategy for the period 2016-17 to 2020-21. This Corporate Plan details how we will address our goals of:
- Maintaining and enhancing a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulation system
- Collaborative engagement with the wider aviation community to promote and support a positive safety culture, and
- Continuous improvement of organisational performance.
This Plan sets out how we intend to maintain our high level of output in the coming years while concurrently driving further operational efficiencies and innovation. It outlines how CASA will meet and deliver on the obligations and accountabilities of the Minister's Statement of Expectations. It includes the emerging challenges, risks and external pressures CASA faces in the coming years including proposing options to establish a sustainable long term funding model. The Plan complements CASA's new regulatory philosophy that sets out the principles that guide and direct our approach to the performance of our functions and the exercise of our powers.
This Plan emphasises our ongoing commitment to the public, to the wider aviation community and to the Government. CASA has embarked on an organisational renewal process which is driving changes in culture and performance with the Flight Plan 2030 consultative forums helping shape the future of aviation safety and helping us meet the challenges facing the industry over the next five, 10 and 15 years.
We will measure our performance under the Regulator Performance Framework which will require CASA to have its performance assessed and certified by the Board and externally validated through a stakeholder consultation forum. We have focused on the implementation of the Government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review and have made steady progress to implement changes that will benefit all industry participants. We will continue to forge relationships across all sectors of the aviation industry to enhance the way we do business.
CASA's renewed organisational structure revolves around three pillars: collaboration, engagement and sustainability. The new structure is designed to streamline processes, reduce duplication and improve the experience of working for and with CASA. We can never be complacent about safety and we can always improve safety outcomes. One of the fundamental beliefs that unites us is keeping people safe and this plan ensures we are focused to deliver our responsibilities under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and the Airspace Act 2007.
We are laying the building blocks for our future, yet remain mindful of the external pressures and challenges facing CASA. This Plan identifies the broad challenges and emerging risks that we face, however I remain confident that CASA's skilled and professional workforce will continue to meet and deliver safety outcomes that meet the Australian public's expectations.
I look forward to working with everyone in the wider aviation community to help create an environment to enhance and support a dynamic aviation industry.
Chair, CASA Board