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Dangerous goods - CASA Regulatory Services
CASA provides a small number of regulatory services associated with dangerous goods. The fees for these activities are set by the Government and promulgated in the Civil Aviation (Fees) Regulations 1995.
Training Courses and Instructors - Approvals
Advisory Circular AC92-03(0), contains the guidance material for the contents of a dangerous goods course and how to apply for CASA approval of those courses; as well as material for those who seek to be approved as a dangerous goods instructor.
Permissions to Carry Dangerous Goods
Where dangerous goods cannot be carried in accordance with the ICAO Technical Instructions, then permission must be sought and obtained from CASA before the goods may be consigned on, or carried by, an aircraft. In almost all cases permission will normally only be given
- where other transport means (road, rail or sea) are inappropriate or unavailable;
- for cargo aircraft only (no passengers other those who own or are assigned to accompany the dangerous goods);
- for aircraft "identified with a degree of particularity";
- for the duration necessary to complete the task.
Examples of permissions
- Carriage of explosives, normally forbidden on aircraft, for civil or military purposes
- Carriage of items in packages where the quantities exceed the normal limitations imposed by ICAO, where the cost of repackaging is excessive.
- Personal tools of trade for tradesmen chartering General Aviation Operators in remote locations
- Civilian operators conducting operations with law enforcement or peace-keeping agencies.
Generally, applications are required from both the person or company intending to consign the dangerous goods and from the operator that will carry the goods.
Advisory Circular AC 92-04(0) gives more detail about Permissions to carry Dangerous Goods including the application form.
Once you have read the Advisory Circular, it is advisable to contact a DG inspector early in the planning process to ensure that your application can be anticipated and expedited.
Competent Authority Approval for Radioactive Materials
CASA is also the competent authority for approval of radioactive materials in special form and of Type B containers for air transport.
The first step is to contact and discuss with a DG inspector what it is you need - firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact should be made early in the process.
An Aviation Reference Number (ARN) is required for the formal application. Find out more about applying for an ARN. A detailed application based on the current edition of International Atomic Energy Agency Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material will be required. Please provide all required supporting test, design and safety data.
A cost estimate will be provided. Processing is charged at an hourly rate of $190. The application is assessed using IAEA guidance documents and decisions are based on a safety case, international standards and compliance with the code of practise for the safe transport of radioactive material.
CASA does not monitor expiry dates. It is the responsibility of the agency/owner of the instrument to ensure that application is made with sufficient lead time, usually of the order of 28 days.