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Part 1 Highlights
Highlights in 2007–08
- Continued implementation of a risk-based approach to oversight surveillance and entry control, enabling CASA to target areas of high risk, and assess each surveillance and entry control process specifically for each operator rather than taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
- Increased oversight and surveillance in the priority area of passenger carrying operations.
- Introduction of new specialist safety roles, including air transport inspectors, safety systems specialists, and aviation safety advisors to meet the demands of regulating a changing industry.
- Opening of CASA’s new Operations Headquarters at Brisbane airport.
- Findings in a national public survey that the proportion of people who think CASA is doing a good or great job has improved significantly, while the percentage of people who think CASA is doing a poor or bad job has declined.
- Amendments to Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 40.0 to progressively introduce specific language standards for flight crew, consistent with the ICAO standard on language proficiency.
- Significant progress with regulatory and policy development for the alcohol and other drugs testing program, including commissioning of a Virtual Resource Centre, appointment of an Independent Testing Provider for random testing, and training of several medical review officers. Regulations came into effect on 23 September 2008, and an educational campaign for industry has commenced.
- Proactive identification of new and emerging risks that may affect the aviation industry, including a comprehensive industry survey and the publication of An assessment of trends and risk factors for further discussion in 2008–09.
- Successful transfer of the responsibility for regulating and administering Australia’s airspace from Airservices Australia to CASA.
- Significant progress with the review of all unique Australian Airworthiness Directives (ADs) to determine whether they are still necessary to address unsafe conditions: Of the 3,600 unique Australian ADs in existence, 1,230 have been reviewed and 748 have been cancelled.
- An above average result in the February 2008 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audit of Australia’s overall safety oversight capabilities, particularly in relation to CASA’s risk-based surveillance approach, airworthiness directives, defect-reporting system and safety promotion campaigns.
- Active representation of CASA internationally, including attendance at ICAO Assembly and Directors-General Civil Aviation meetings, and participation on a number of other international bodies such as the Navigation Systems Panel, the Instrument Flight Procedures Panel, the Aerodromes Panel and the Separation and Safety Panel.
- Commencement of the Certificate IV and Diploma in Aviation Safety Regulation, in collaboration with the Swinburne University of Technology, with 58 participants enrolled in the program as at 30 June 2008.
- Development of online solutions for the aviation industry to do business with CASA, such as cyber-exams and the CASA web portal.
- Completion of a Workforce Capability Framework and an Internal Capability Analysis, both of which position CASA to better define and put in place the skills required to deliver current and future operational and support functions.
- Completion of two comprehensive aeronautical studies, at Williamtown, NSW and Avalon, VIC, aerodromes, the findings of which will be actively implemented to ensure a greater level of safety at the two sites.
- Formation of the Expert Panel on Aircraft Air Quality to address concerns about the quality of aircraft cabin air, and to provide recommendations to government through the Cabin Air Quality Reference Group.
- Establishment of the Accident Investigation Report Review Board (AIRRB), an internal mechanism utilising CASA’s technical expertise to provide commentary on material released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
- Successful engagement of the industry through the AvSafety seminars, attended by over 5,000 people during 2007–08.
- Increased safety promotion activity by CASA’s new Aviation Safety Advisors, who conducted a total of 992 individual visits to operators during 2007–08.
- Achievement of a score of 8.1 out of 10 in the Comcover risk management benchmarking survey, well above the average of 5.8, which will result in an 8.1 per cent discount on CASA’s insurance premium.
New operations headquarters
Trends & risk factors booklet
English proficiency booklet