Part 04 Other accountability reporting
Part 4: Other accountability reporting
As a statutory authority of the Australian Government, CASA is accountable to the Minister, the Parliament and the Australian people. This part of the annual report provides information to satisfy the reporting requirements of a range of Commonwealth legislation and Australian Government policies that relate
to CASA’s performance as a statutory authority.
In this part:
- Key activities and changes
- Freedom of information
- Enforcement actions
- Ecologically sustainable development
- Sponsorships and grants
- Consultancy services
- Related entity transactions
- Insurance and indemnities
- Technical staff get familiar with new Dreamliner
- Balloons soar in the stratosphere
Key activities and changes
Under section 16 of the Commonwealth Authorities (Annual Reporting) Orders 2011, CASA must report on key activities or changes that affected its performance during 2013–14.
Such matters may include any ‘significant events’ as defined in section 15 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997. A significant event is defined as any proposal to:
- form a company or participate in the formation of a company
- participate in a significant partnership, trust, unincorporated joint venture or similar arrangement
- acquire or dispose of a significant shareholding in a company
- acquire or dispose of a significant business
- commence or cease a significant business activity
- make a significant change in the nature or extent of an interest in a significant partnership, trust, unincorporated joint venture or similar arrangement.
CASA experienced no significant events within the meaning of section 15 in 2013–14.
Reportable events also include significant changes to the operational and financial results of the authority; the authority’s state of affairs or principal activities; or the authority’s enabling legislation or any other directly relevant legislation. No such changes affected CASA’s performance in 2013–14.
Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 requires CASA to publish information as part of the Information Publication Scheme.
An agency plan showing what information is published in accordance with the Information Publication Scheme requirements is accessible from CASA’s website.
The coordinated enforcement process provides CASA’s decision-makers with the benefit of legal, regulatory and technical and/or operational input when considering action that might be taken as a result of a breach of the aviation legislation.
The result of this process can include a variety of compliance-related and/or enforcement actions. This can include administrative action, which could result in a suspension, variation or cancellation of a civil aviation authorisation or some other form of licence or permission. It may also include a suspension under section 30DC of the Civil Aviation Act where there is a serious and imminent risk to safety.
Alternatively or in combination with such action, CASA may issue infringement notices or, where appropriate, refer matters to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
CASA may also accept enforceable voluntary undertakings from individuals and companies or may counsel them, depending on the circumstances of the breach and the appropriateness of doing so.
Table 11 shows compliance-related actions over the past five financial years.
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Further detail on enforcement action that resulted in judicial decisions is on page 104.
Tables B.9 to B.12 in Appendix B show medical certificate actions, licence and certificate actions, serious and imminent suspensions, and infringement notices and matters referred for prosecution, from 2009–10 to 2013–14.
Ecologically sustainable development
As an Australian Government agency, CASA reports on its environmental performance as required by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Environmental management system
CASA has developed an environmental management system (EMS) consistent with Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004. The EMS is a tool designed to improve an organisation’s environmental performance and reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The EMS documentation and structure that CASA has put in place provide a sound framework for environmental management.
CASA’s environmental management policy is a key element of the EMS. The policy formalises CASA’s commitment to environmental protection and provides a framework for achieving continuous improvement in environmental performance.
Measures taken to minimise the impact of activities on the environment
CASA strives to achieve best practice environmental standards in office management and general operations. Strategies and projects are being implemented to reduce the environmental impact of CASA’s operations. Objectives, targets and action plans are set out clearly, and responsibilities and timeframes have been established.
Each year, CASA reviews its environmental performance and updates its environmental action plans accordingly.
During 2013–14, CASA engaged a consultant to undertake an independent review of the organisation’s environmental performance. The review will provide commentary on and recommendations as to the effectiveness of existing key performance indicators and targets. One objective of the review is to better link actions with performance measures.
Also in 2013–14, CASA:
- published a revised Environmental Management Policy, reinforcing CASA’s commitment to minimising its detrimental impacts on the environment
- maintained Australian Capital Territory Government accreditation for the waste collection practices in place within its Aviation House tenancy in Canberra
- achieved a 4.5 star NABERS energy tenancy rating for its premises in Aviation House.
CASA was not involved in any actions likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance on Commonwealth land.
CASA’s procurement framework is consistent with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and reflects value for money, the core principle governing Australian Government procurement. CASA applies the Commonwealth Procurement Rules to its activities through a policy notice by the Director of Aviation Safety and supporting operational procedures.
CASA’s procurement policies help to ensure that the agency undertakes competitive, non-discriminatory procurement processes; uses its resources efficiently, effectively and ethically; and makes decisions in an accountable and transparent manner.
CASA has standard tendering and contracting documentation to ensure that consistent procurement practices are employed across the agency. As part of those arrangements, CASA has standard access clauses included in tender documents and in contracts that provide CASA and the Auditor-General with access to the contractor’s premises.
Section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 requires all Australian Government departments and authorities to set out, in their annual reports, details of amounts greater than $12,400 (inclusive of GST) paid by or on behalf of them during the year to advertising agencies, market research organisations, polling organisations, direct mail organisations and media advertising organisations.
The amounts CASA paid to media, advertising and direct mail organisations in 2013–14 are detailed in Table B.13 in Appendix B.
Sponsorships and grants
CASA provides sponsorship support to aviation-related organisations and events to assist with efforts to improve and promote aviation safety.
CASA reviewed its sponsorship policy and process during the year and invited organisations to apply for sponsorship funding in two rounds. Clear sponsorship guidelines along with CASA’s current safety promotion priorities were available on the CASA website.
Table 12 shows the value of CASA’s sponsorships and grants and the numbers of organisations or events assisted in recent years.
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Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies is available on the CASA website at www.casa.gov.au
The total cost of consultancies to CASA in 2013–14 was $1,244,146.
Related entity transactions
In 2013–14 (and 2012–13) there was no transaction for goods and services or provision of a grant to an entity in which a director of CASA was also a director of the other entity that provided the goods or services or received the grant.
Insurance and indemnities
The Commonwealth indemnified CASA in relation to liabilities associated with acts or omissions that occurred before the expiry of two deeds of indemnity in July and August 1998. Since then, commercial insurance has been arranged to cover those risks.
In 2013–14, CASA held aviation and general liability, professional indemnity, directors’ and officers’ liability, and a range of other corporate insurance.
Aviation and general liability
Aviation and general liability insurance provides coverage for injuries caused to third parties or to the property of third parties as a result of negligence arising out of the performance of CASA’s functions under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 and other applicable legislation.
CASA’s professional indemnity insurance covers claims arising from breaches of duty by a CASA officer.
Directors’ and officers’ liability
In 2013–14, CASA held insurance protecting directors and officers from liability for the consequences of wrongful acts as defined in CASA’s Comcover policy.