CASA implements a range of human resource strategies and initiatives to strengthen workforce capability and to achieve its corporate goals. A strategic workforce plan drives the development of a strong and flexible workforce to deliver CASA’s programs and meet CASA’s obligations.
On 30 June 2012, CASA had 818 employees, which included 808 operative employees and 10 employees managed as inoperative. Employees managed as inoperative included those on long-term leave for maternity or paternity reasons or on long-term unpaid leave due to illness.
Figure 8 shows staffing by division.
Figure 8 Percentage of employees by Division
CASA had an average of 8.37 days unplanned absence per employee in 2011–12. This was lower than the 10.29 days reported in 2010–11. Unplanned absence includes sick leave, carer’s leave and compassionate leave.
In 2011–12, CASA’s rate of staff turnover for permanent employees was 11.42 per cent, an increase from the 10.59 per cent reported in 2010–11. Turnover is calculated as the number of permanent employees who have left the organisation as a percentage of the number of permanent employees in the organisation at the time.
Figure 9 shows staff turnover from 2007–08 to 2011–12.
Figure 9 Percentage of turnover over the last five reporting periods
CASA continues to deliver a program of workplace diversity to employees that encourages and celebrates diversity in the workplace. Internal programs promote a safe and supportive working environment to meet the needs of a diverse workforce. CASA will provide an annual progress report on the CASA Workplace Diversity Program 2012–14 to the Minister by October 2012 as required under the Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1987.
Staff training and development
- 28 separate regulatory and technical training courses and programs were delivered to CASA regulatory staff, industry delegates and industry personnel; in total, 1,696 people received such training
- 19 different professional development courses and programs were delivered to 620 CASA staff
- 787 CASA staff collectively participated in 61 e-learning courses.
CASA employees are employed under the powers vested in the Director of Aviation Safety by the Civil Aviation Act 1988.
In 2011–12, the terms and conditions of most CASA employees were prescribed in the CASA Enterprise Agreement 2010–11. At 30 June 2012, approximately 90 per cent of CASA employees were employed under the enterprise agreement and 10 per cent were employed under individual agreements.
CASA also had a number of service contractors and individuals temporarily engaged through contracted employment agencies. This included some short-term project employees and people engaged to oversee licensing examinations.
On 25 June 2012, Fair Work Australia approved the CASA Enterprise Agreement 2012–14, which will replace the CASA Enterprise Agreement 2010–11. The new agreement will come into effect on 2 July 2012.
Recognition of high performance
In 2011–12, CASA continued its recognition scheme for high-performing staff, which is designed to reinforce CASA’s values and behaviours. Employees are nominated for recognition under the scheme by their managers or colleagues.
The Employee of the Month award recognised staff whose work displayed a level of service that met or exceeded CASA’s standards for excellence, while the Above and Beyond award recognised individuals or teams who demonstrated outstanding and exceptional work or work on projects of special importance to CASA. The award recipients are listed in Table 5.
CASA also uses a recognition scheme to honour the achievements and service of employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 40 years of service.
|Date||Employee of the Month||Above and Beyond|
|July 2011||Kathy Kirby||Sofia Connelly, Susan Woonton|
|John Costa, David Edwards, Leanne Findlay, Brian Harris, Tyrone Simes, Nadia Spesyvy, Lee Ungerman, Leonard Yates, Richard Youngs|
|September 2011||Lucy Nelson||Pam Eckardt, Alex Gonzalez, Bernie Hole, Robert Langens, Sarah Walker|
|October 2011||Joe Hain||Mark Ayrey, Alison Gosper|
|November 2011||Kathy Robertson||Michael Barac, Alexandra Harris|
|December 2011||Carlie Brewer||Mark Roberts|
|January 2012||Joe Rule||Yvon Lowrencev|
|February 2012||Maureen Chalker||Samantha Bitossi, David Gellini, Greg Lemass, Darren Moffat, Peter Robbins|
|March 2012||Sharon Nylen||Scott Hug|
|April 2012||Steven James||Ian Banks|
|May 2012||Rick Heap||David Gilbert|
|Robin Arranz, Michele Heran|
Note: More than one employee can be awarded the ‘Employee of the Month’ award. ‘Above and Beyond’ awards can be awarded to individuals or groups for their efforts.