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CASA Board – What are the Functions??

The following are listed from the Civil Aviation Act [1988] at s53:

Part VIIBoard of CASA

Division 1Establishment and functions

51  Establishment

                   The Board of CASA is established by this section.

53  Functions

             (1)  The functions of the Board are to:

                     (a)  decide the objectives, strategies and policies to be followed by CASA; and

                     (b)  ensure that CASA performs its functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner; and

                     (c)  ensure that CASA complies with directions given by the Minister under section 12B.

             (2)  The Board has the power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions.

             (3)  All acts and things done in the name of, or on behalf of, CASA by the Board are taken to have been done by CASA.

Effect of the Minister:

12  Directions

             (1)  The Minister may give the Board written directions as to the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers.

          (1A)  Without limiting subsection (1), a direction under that subsection may require the Board to consult:

                     (a)  in the manner specified by the Minister; and

                     (b)  about matters specified by the Minister; and

                     (c)  with bodies and organisations specified by the Minister.

             (2)  Directions as to the performance of its regulatory function shall be only of a general nature.

             (4)  The Board must comply with a direction given under subsection (1).

             (5)  This section does not affect the application of section 28 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 in relation to CASA.

Note:          Section 28 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 requires the Board to comply with General Policy Orders of the Australian Government to the extent that they apply to CASA.

12A  Minister may give the Board notices about its strategic direction etc.

             (1)  The Minister may notify the Board in writing of the Minister’s views on the following matters:

                     (a)  the appropriate strategic direction for CASA;

                     (b)  the manner in which CASA should perform its functions.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not permit the Minister to notify views in relation to a particular case or a particular holder of a civil aviation authorisation.

             (2)  In performing its functions, the Board must act in accordance with notices given under subsection (1).

12B  Minister may direct CASA to give documents and information to nominee

             (1)  The Minister may direct CASA to give to a specified ministerial nominee any documents or information relating to CASA’s operations that the nominee requests.

             (2)  CASA must comply with the direction.

             (3)  In this section:

ministerial nominee means a person whose responsibilities or duties include advising the Minister about CASA’s performance and strategies.