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Changes to regulations
Changing regulations to benefit industry
We initiate any major changes to regulations by forming small combined industry/CASA teams to establish the direction of the regulations and their detail. We engage through the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel and form technical working groups with experts from across industry.
New rules are are written expressly to address safety outcomes. Where appropriate, these rules are to be based on international regulations t ensure harmonisation and Australian competitiveness.
Safety outcome-based regulations
Safety outcome-based legislation involves:
- Brief regulations that express the high-level safety outcomes sought.
- Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) that set out acceptable methods of demonstrating compliance with specific regulations. If an industry applicant follows the relevant AMCs the applicant is assured of satisfying the associated regulatory requirements and the Authority is obliged to issue the requested authorisation.
- Guidance Material that provides suggestions, explanations and amplification of a regulation's policy intention, rather than strict means of compliance with a regulation.
One significant advantage of this safety outcome-based style is that it allows industry the flexibility to use the most appropriate systems and procedures to meet the safety outcomes. Acceptable Means of Compliance provide straightforward and positive methods for satisfying the regulator, but are not binding on those industry participants who wish to put forward alternative methods of compliance, thus allowing for innovation and improvement to occur naturally.
More details on safety outcome-based regulations, including examples
What does this mean for the Australian aviation industry?
- Development times for new regulations are faster.
- New regulations involve substantial changes to the way industry meets the requirements of regulations.
- More safety responsibility will be devolved to industry.
- The new regulations and their administration will generally decrease CASA's regular involvement with the industry.
- The new regulations will give industry organisations the opportunity to use the most appropriate systems, methods and procedures to meet safety outcomes.
- Existing privileges held by industry personnel will be retained.
- The joint CASA/industry team will provide a full round of information exchange and consultation as a key ingredient of a smooth transition.