CASA and coronial investigations
CASA welcomes the Commonwealth Ombudsman's report on their investigation into CASA's responses to coronial recommendations arising out of inquiries into general and recreational aviation accidents. As the Ombudsman has said, CASA was cooperative and “very responsive” to the Ombudsman’s Office's requests for information and assistance in support of this investigation. CASA has agreed to all of the Ombudsman's recommendations that certain improvements in its processes should be made--many of which are acknowledged by the Ombudsman to have already been in train.
In keeping with its commitment to openness and transparency, CASA will ensure that all its responses to coronial recommendations are published at least annually, along with the reasons for the actions CASA proposes to take, or has already taken, in response to those recommendations, and the progress that has been made toward the completion of those actions.
Of particular significance in the Report is the Ombudsman's recognition of a need for “a suitable mechanism” to ensure Recreational Aviation Administration Organisations implement coronial recommendations for which they are responsible “in a reasonable and timely fashion” (Recommendation 7), noting that anticipated amendments to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Part 149) are seen as likely to provide for just such a mechanism.
The Investigation Report, which is available on the Ombudsman's website reproduces in full CASA's response to the Ombudsman's findings and recommendations.