The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is Australia’s air safety regulator.
CASA is established by an Act of the Australian Parliament – the Civil Aviation Act 1988. This legislation also sets out CASA’s role, functions and powers.
CASA regulates the safety-related activities of the aviation industry through the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
There are also Civil Aviation Orders, which set out the technical detail of the directions and instructions specified in the 1988 regulations. Manuals of Standards serve a similar purpose in relation to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations are progressively replacing the 1988 regulations.
CASA reports to the Australian Government’s Minister for Transport and Regional Services and is accountable to the Australian Parliament.
What are CASA’s main functions?
CASA’s main functions are:
- Developing and disseminating clear and concise aviation safety standards
- Developing effective enforcement strategies to secure compliance with the safety standards
- Conducting comprehensive surveillance of the aviation industry
- Conducting regular reviews of safety to monitor the aviation industry’s performance and to identify safety trends and risks
- Issuing operational certificates to aviation organisations
- Issuing licences, aircraft registration and other permits
- Carrying out timely assessment of international safety developments
- Encouraging the aviation industry to maintain high safety standards through education, training and advice
- Making aviation industry management and the general aviation community aware of the importance of safety and compliance with the rules
- Promoting full and effective consultation and communication with all people and organisations that have an interest in aviation safety.
Does CASA regulate all aspects of Australian aviation?
No. CASA is responsible for the safety regulation of all civil air operations in Australia. It also covers the operation of Australian aircraft that are flying outside Australia. CASA has no jurisdiction over military aircraft operations.
Taken From: https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/casas-role