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Part 4: Other accountability reporting
As a corporate Commonwealth entity, CASA is accountable to the Minister, the Parliament and the Australian people. This part of the report provides information to satisfy the reporting requirements of a range of Commonwealth legislation and Australian Government policies that relate to CASA’s performance.
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
Key activities and changes
In accordance with the Commonwealth Authorities (Annual Reporting) Orders 2011 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Rule 2015, CASA must report on key activities or changes that affected its performance during 2014–15.
This includes any significant decisions or issues as described in paragraphs 19(1)(c), (d) or (e) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). CASA experienced no significant decisions or issues within the meaning of the Commonwealth Authorities (Annual Reporting) Orders 2011 or the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Rule 2015 in 2014–15.
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 2014–15.
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 compliance-related and/or enforcement actions. This may 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 1988, where there is a serious and imminent risk to safety.
Alternatively, or in combination with such action, CASA may issue infringement notices or 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 16 shows compliance-related actions over the past five financial years.
Table 16 Compliance-related actions, 2010–11 to 2014–15
|Enforceable voluntary undertakings||2||1||1||0||0|
Further detail on enforcement action that resulted in judicial decisions is on pages 135 to 136.
Tables B.9 to B.12 on pages 216 to 217 show details of medical certificate actions, licence and certificate actions, serious and imminent suspensions, and infringement notices and matters referred for prosecution.
Ecologically sustainable development
As a corporate Commonwealth entity, 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. 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 sustainability 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.
CASA regularly reviews its activities that affect the environment and undertakes a risk assessment consistent with that contained in CASA’s Environmental Management Manual. The outcome of the risk assessment is used to develop environmental action plans aimed at minimising or eliminating CASA’s detrimental impacts on the environment.
Activities that have a significant impact on the environment include:
- air travel
- stationary energy use, such as electricity use in office accommodation
- motor vehicle fleet operation
- waste generation.
Actions taken during 2014–15 to minimise impacts associated with CASA’s activities included:
- revision of the Environmental Management Manual and CASA’s energy management plan, setting more challenging targets for stationary energy use
- an energy audit of CASA’s Canberra office
- waste audits at CASA’s Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney offices, and upgrading of waste collection at the Canberra office
- promotion of recycling opportunities through forums such as the CASA staff newsletter
- promotion of the use of video conferencing as an alternative to air travel
- provision of stationery recycling facilities at the Canberra and Brisbane offices
- selection of fuel-efficient vehicles when leasing new vehicles, subject to operating requirements
- introduction of a new reporting database for CASA’s environmental impacts.
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 includes standard access clauses in its tender documents and contracts to provide CASA and the Auditor-General with access to contractors’ premises.
Section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 requires Commonwealth departments and agencies to set out in their annual reports details of amounts greater than $12,565 (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.
During 2014–15, a dangerous goods advertising campaign was undertaken by CASA.
The amounts CASA paid to media, advertising and direct mail organisations in 2014–15 are detailed in Table B.13 on page 217.
Sponsorships and grants
CASA provides sponsorship support to aviation-related organisations and events to assist with efforts to improve and promote aviation safety.
Clear sponsorship guidelines, along with CASA’s current safety promotion priorities, are available on the CASA website.
Table 17 shows the value of CASA’s sponsorships and grants and the numbers of organisations or events assisted in recent years.
Table 17 Sponsorships and grants, 2010–11 to 2014–15
|Financial year||Total funds||No. of organisations/events|
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.
The total cost of consultancies to CASA in 2014–15 was $1,467,573.
Related entity transactions
In 2014–15, there was one transaction to the value of $1,968 for the provision of a service to CASA by an entity in which a director of CASA was also a director of the entity that provided the service. This transaction was approved under normal expenditure approval processes and was made on normal terms and conditions.
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 2014–15, 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, the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 and other applicable legislation.
CASA’s insurance policy covers liability arising from breaches of duty or negligence by a CASA officer. Further, the aviation liability component of the policy covers liability in respect to the indemnity given to delegates and authorised persons in Civil Aviation Advisory Publication Admin. 1. The policy is subject to exclusions.
Directors’ and officers’ liability
In 2014–15, CASA held insurance protecting directors and officers from liability for the consequences of wrongful acts as defined in CASA’s Comcover policy.