Key strategic input to this plan
Consistent with CASA's statutory obligations, the corporate plan is informed through direction from the CASA Board and applicable legislation including the Civil Aviation Act 1988, Airspace Act 2007, Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2013, and the Regulator Performance Framework.
This plan also continues on the work commenced in 2015 on the implementation of the CASA related recommendations from the Government's response to the 2014 Aviation Safety Regulation Review (ASRR). It also outlines how CASA intends to meet the Minister's Statement of Expectations (SOE) which was provided to the CASA Board in April 2015 and covers the period until 30 June 2017.
Key elements from the SOE include to:
- continue to focus on aviation safety as the highest priority
- operate as a world leading aviation safety regulator, backed by a workforce with requisite skills and capabilities
- maintain high standards of professionalism, service, probity, reporting, accountability and transparency
- create an effective, collaborative relationship between CASA and industry based on a foundation of mutual understanding and respect
- consider the economic and cost impact on individuals, businesses and the community in the development and finalisation of new or amended regulatory changes.
In delivering this Corporate Plan, CASA maintains its commitment to the key principles outlined by the then Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss MP, in his ministerial tabling statement to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review in December 2014 which include that:
- safety should be the primary consideration of CASA in the performance of its functions
- the highest safety priority should be afforded to passenger transport operations
- Australia's regulatory approach and responses should be based on a sound assessment of the high level of risk associated with particular aviation operations
- CASA and industry should work closely together to identify aviation safety risks and ensure that the most appropriate methods, practices and technologies are adopted to address and reduce these risks
- a strong 'just culture' approach must underpin better information sharing between industry and CASA as information sharing assists in preventing future safety events and reflects international best practice
- recognition that Australia's safety regulatory system plays an important role in ensuring that Australia has a safe, efficient and competitive aviation industry
- Australia's aviation regulatory procedures, processes and approach to regulation should be fair, transparent and promote nationally consistent operations
- active and ongoing engagement by industry and CASA will help inform future regulatory priorities and the development of simpler regulations, standards and orders.
CASA has three key goals to deliver against these principles and meet its commitments over the life of this plan.
Maintain and enhance a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulation system
Collaborative engagement with the wider aviation community to promote and support a positive safety culture
Continuous improvement of organisational performance