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Does my organisation need a DAMP
Subpart 99B of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 requires certain individuals and organisations (generically referred to as 'DAMP organisations') to develop a Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP).
Generally, organisations or individuals with employees who perform tasks that directly or indirectly affect aviation safety are required to have a DAMP.
Specifically, under Subpart 99B, a 'DAMP organisation' is one that meets both of the following criteria:
- is of a type listed in Part 99 (see reg. 99.030 - copied below)
- has employees who perform 'safety sensitive aviation activities' (SSAAs) as defined under Part 99 (see reg. 99.015 - copied below).
Organisations should check the relevant regulations to confirm whether your organisation needs a DAMP. The text of the relevant regulations is reproduced below. The full regulations can be found on the ComLaw website under Part 99 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR).
- Types of organisations - reg.99.030:
- an AOC holder
- a person issued with a production certificate under regulation 21.134
- the holder of an aerodrome certificate granted under regulation 139.050
- a person approved as an ARFFS under Division 139.H.5
- an ATS training provider within the meaning of Part 143
- an ATS provider within the meaning of Part 172
- the provider of any of the following services within the meaning of Part 171:
- a telecommunication service;
- a radionavigation service
- the operator of a registered aerodrome under regulation 139.265
- the holder of a certificate of approval within the meaning of subregulation 2 (1) of CAR
- a Part 145 organisation
- a Part 141 operator conducting flying training in aircraft;
- a screening authority within the meaning of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.
- Safety sensitive aviation activities - reg.99.015:
- any activity undertaken by a person, other than as a passenger, in an aerodrome testing area
- calculation of the position of freight, baggage, passengers and fuel on aircraft
- the manufacture or maintenance of any of the following:
- aeronautical products
- aviation radionavigation products
- aviation telecommunication products
- the certification of maintenance of a kind mentioned in paragraph (c)
- the issuing of a certificate of release to service for an aircraft or aeronautical product in relation to maintenance carried out on the aircraft or aeronautical product
- the fuelling and maintenance of vehicles that will be used to fuel aircraft on aerodrome testing areas
- activities undertaken by an airport security guard or a screening officer in the course of the person's duties as a guard or officer
- activities undertaken by a member of the crew of an aircraft in the course of the person's duties as a crew member
- the loading and unloading of trolleys containing baggage for loading onto aircraft and the driving of such trolleys
- activities undertaken by a holder of an air traffic controller licence in the course of the person's duties as a controller
- activities undertaken by the supervisor of a holder of an air traffic controller licence in the course of the person's duties as such a supervisor
- providing flight information and search and rescue alert services:
- to a pilot or operator of an aircraft immediately before the flight of the aircraft; or
- to a pilot or operator of an aircraft, during the flight of the aircraft; or
- as an intermediary for communications between a pilot or operator of the aircraft, and an air traffic controller
- providing aviation fire-fighting services.
Some organisations may be exempt from the requirement to develop a full DAMP. For example, micro-businesses with 10 or less SSAA employees may be eligible to adopt CASA Micro-business DAMP-updated June 2015.
To confirm whether your organisation requires a full DAMP please refer to the DAMP exemptions section of the Drug and Alcohol Management Plans (DAMP) - Part 99 page for more information. A separate factsheet on the DAMP exemption for micro-businesses is also available.
Need more information?
Visit Drug and Alcohol Management Plans (DAMP) - Part 99 on CASA's website for information on regulatory requirements, guidance materials, available exemptions, resources and contacts.