The Government of Australia has issued a new statement of expectations (SOE) for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) stating that regulatory activities should be pragmatic, practical and proportional.
As stated by Australian Infrastructure and Transport Federal Minister Darren Chester, the new SOE provides the Board and staff of CASA with clear direction on the Australian Government's expectations and priorities to ensure aviation safety in the country over the next two years.
Chester said: “This statement sets out in an open and formal way some important parameters for CASA's regulatory approach, including implementing its regulatory philosophy.
“CASA has an extremely important role to play in maintaining Australia's enviable safety record, having regard to risk; CASA must also take into account the economic and cost impact on the aviation industry.
“A pragmatic, practical and proportional approach to regulatory activity is intended to help support aviation growth in this country, particularly in the general aviation sector.”
The new SOE issued by the government features a wide range of major aviation initiatives, such as changes occurring with air traffic services and Airservices Australia's new operating model, which are expected to be paid particular attention to by the national aviation authority of Australia.
Chester added: “I've also asked CASA to focus effort on enhancing the level of controlled airspace, including at major regional airports.
“I look forward to CASA making strong progress against this statement and encourage the aviation industry to provide cooperative input to the important work that will be progressed over the next few years.”
According to Regional Aviation Association Australia CEO Mike Higgins, the new SOE will help reinforce the work already being carried out by CASA's acting CEO Shane Carmody.