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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 Federal Register of Legislation 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.