Key moments of Australian aviation safety history
The first flight of a powered aircraft in Australia took place.
The International Convention Relating to Air Navigation (Paris Convention) was signed—the convention entered into force in Australia on 1 June 1922.
The Civil Aviation Branch of the Department of Defence, Australia’s first Commonwealth agency with responsibility for civil aviation, was established.
The Department of Civil Aviation, Australia’s first Commonwealth department dedicated to civil aviation, was established.
The Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) was signed—the convention entered into force in Australia on 4 April 1947.
The Civil Aviation Authority, Australia’s first statutory authority with responsibility for civil aviation, was established under the Civil Aviation Act 1988.
The Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Act 1995 and the Air Services Act 1995 replaced the Civil Aviation Authority with two separate organisations
the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Airservices Australia.
The Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 1998 was introduced, providing a basis for, among other things, implementation of the Regulatory Framework Reform Program.
CASA announced a reform program, including rewriting of the aviation regulations, and established a new Aviation Safety Standards Division.
The Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2003 was introduced to implement, among other things, governance reforms, including the abolition of the CASA Board.
CASA promulgated a new policy placing its greatest safety focus on high-capacity regular public transport flights.
CASA expanded its operational facilities based in the Brisbane office, and located a significant number of safety inspectors in new positions near key city airports.
The Airspace Act 2007, Airspace Regulations 2007 and Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2007 were introduced, giving CASA sole carriage of the regulation of all Australian-administered airspace.
Provisions came into effect, under Part 99 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, requiring air operators to establish drug and alcohol management plans, and empowering CASA to test personnel who undertake safety-sensitive aviation activities for alcohol and other drugs.
The Civil Aviation Amendment Act 2009 made significant governance and enforcement-related changes to CASA, including re-establishing the Board (from July 2009).
The Transport Safety Investigation Amendment Act 2009 established the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as an independent agency (from July 2009).
The new CASA Board took office pursuant to the governance changes introduced earlier in the year.
The National Aviation Policy White Paper, Flight Path to the Future, was released.
June 2011 to June 2013
CASA completed the transition to the new suite of regulations for maintenance for regular public transport operations and engineer licensing (CASR Parts 42, 66,145 and 147). In February 2013, a new suite of regulations for flight crew licensing and training were made (CASR Parts 61, 64, 141 and 142).