Message from the Chair of the Board
I am pleased to present CASA’s annual report for 2011–12.
This is the third report of the current Board. It details CASA’s operations and performance in 2011–12, and is intended to give all interested people information about our activities, achievements and future direction in matters that directly affect civil aviation safety in Australia.
In 2011–12 we achieved steady progress towards our goals. This means success in real terms across a range of issues. The year covered by this report saw material progress in the delivery of the regulatory reform program, improved efficiencies in the delivery of risk-based surveillance, improvements in industry delegate management, noticeably effective enforcement, and continuation of a highly valued contribution to the Australian and international aviation community.
Underpinning this, CASA’s organisational transformation under the Director of Aviation Safety maintained momentum. The benefits of achieving consistency, standardisation, and efficiency through initiatives such as the consolidation of offices, the introduction of new core systems, and the formation of certificate management teams will continue to benefit aviation safety outcomes.
Looking to the future, the Minister has approved CASA’s Corporate Plan for 2012–15. It retains the three central goals from the 2011–14 plan that the Board expects to be a focus of the many safety-related challenges facing both the industry and CASA as the industry’s safety regulator. The goals are: comprehensive, consistent and effective regulation to enhance aviation safety; good governance and continuous improvement of organisational efficiency; and effective and appropriate relationships with the wider aviation community. While these goals sound simple, the strategies that underpin them are ambitious and will require innovation and strong teamwork to achieve.
I am very proud of the progress we have made this year towards achieving our vision of Safe skies for all, and I convey my thanks to the many people who have made this year a success. The Director of Aviation Safety, senior executives, managers, staff, and contractors are all making a positive contribution to CASA’s reputation and stability; and through that to aviation safety in Australia. I also thank my fellow Board members for their continued support of me as Chair and their commitment to our business. We have many challenges ahead and much to look forward to.
Allan Hawke AC
Chair of the Board
Chair of the CASA Board, Allan Hawke, photographed at CASA’s Southern Region office, Melbourne