Message from the Chair of the Board
The year 2010–11 was a year of steady progress for Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). CASA continued to deliver world-leading aviation safety regulation and education while also meeting the expectations of the Government and wider aviation community by substantially progressing new initiatives.
The Government allocated additional funding to CASA in 2010–11 for a range of new initiatives. The additional funding means that CASA is now adequately funded to meet the challenges it faces and deliver the performance expected of it.
CASA allocates priorities in accordance with the Government’s policy that safety is the principal consideration in all aviation decision-making. This policy, as well as the need for efficiency, transparency and accountability, is central to the Board’s oversight of CASA’s strategic planning, governance, and delivery of aviation safety outcomes.
In the year covered by this report, CASA continued to focus on effective and appropriate stakeholder engagement, and worked closely with other government agencies to strengthen the aviation industry’s awareness of its safety obligations. Important decisions were made, including to replace the now outdated Aviation Industry Regulatory System (AIRS) and to further refine organisational accountabilities.
In 2010–11 there was particularly strong performance in advancing the regulatory reform program; continuing to implement the objectives stated in the 2009 National Aviation Policy White Paper, Flight Path to the Future, and in the Australian Airspace Policy Statement 2010; further developing bilateral aviation safety agreements; and maintaining a capable and motivated workforce in a period of industry growth. Where there has been a delay in achieving aspects of this demanding agenda, the Board is satisfied that the targets set in the Corporate Plan have been managed appropriately.
Next year CASA will continue to pursue a challenging agenda across the spectrum of activities related to aviation safety. While there will be a strong focus on the further development and implementation of the regulatory reform program, CASA will also confidently build on the organisational changes and strong investment in its people that had their foundations in 2010–11.
CASA’s continued success relies on the skill and professionalism of its people, and the Board wishes to recognise and thank CASA’s dedicated staff for their contribution to the achievements detailed in this report.
Allan Hawke AC
Chair of the Board