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Statement of Expectations:

CASA:

Statement of Expectations:  For the Board of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
For the Period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013

This Statement of Expectations (SOE) outlines in a formal and public way, my expectations concerning the operations and performance of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013. This Statement of Expectations serves as a notice of strategic direction to CASA under section 12A of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (the Act) and commences on 1 July 2011.

The Australian Government has committed additional funding for CASA and expects the Board to help position CASA to meet current and emerging challenges in aviation safety, by operating as a world leading aviation safety regulator, backed by a workforce with the requisite skills and capabilities to maintain a high level of aviation safety.


As the Board of CASA, I expect that you:

 will ensure CASA acts in accordance with the Act and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act) as well as other relevant legislation and legal instruments;

 will give a particular focus to the governance of CASA and its performance against the goals identified in the Corporate Plan including improved safety outcomes, with the Director of Aviation Safety discharging the responsibility for regulatory decision making; and

 will ensure that I and the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (the Department) are kept fully informed of CASA’s actions in relation to the initiatives and activities stated below, and alerted to events or issues that may impact on the operations of CASA, including through the provision of timely quarterly reports of progress against the Corporate Plan.
My expectations are that CASA will:

1. Perform its functions in a manner that supports Government policy, focusing on the key aviation goal, as outlined in the National Aviation Policy White Paper (White Paper), that aviation safety remains the highest priority.

2. In conjunction with the Department, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence as appropriate, continue to develop and implement policies, programs and other initiatives of the White Paper to facilitate aviation safety, including:

a) continuing to develop and implement the strategy and regulatory plan for future air navigation, communication and surveillance initiatives;

b) continuing its strong commitment to completing the regulatory reform program in conjunction with the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing (OLDP);

c) maintaining a strategic workforce plan that addresses CASA’s future recruitment, training and skills requirements;

d) continuing to implement the Government’s policy objectives in the Australian Airspace Policy Statement; and

e) managing the commitment to cap aviation regulatory service fees (subject to adjustments in the consumer price index).
3.  Undertake effective and appropriate stakeholder engagement with the community, industry and Government in the further development and implementation of significant changes to CASA’s regulatory operations including continuing to strengthen industry awareness of its safety obligations and the provision of relevant education programs.

4.  Continue to adhere to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding with the ATSB and provide advice to me about significant issues arising from the regular Executive meetings held between the Director of Aviation Safety and the Chief Commissioner.

5. Continue to work closely with the Department and other Australian Government agencies, including the ATSB and Airservices Australia to deliver integrated and comprehensive safety regulatory advice to Government and industry.

6. Continue to pursue the establishment of appropriate mutual recognition arrangements including appropriate Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements.

7.  Continue to support the Government’s aviation safety agenda in the Asia/Pacific region including initiatives such as the Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance Package.8.  Maintain commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding between CASA, the Department and Airservices Australia regarding the management of Australia’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) responsibilities.

9.  Continue to support the maintenance of Australia’s State Safety Program including the appropriate implementation of Safety Management Systems.

10. Adhere to a set of values and a code of conduct that maintain high standards of professionalism, service, probity, reporting, accountability and transparency, consistent with the Government’s aim of excellence in the public sector.

ANTHONY ALBANESE Minister for Infrastructure and Transport 2 May 2011 Federal Register of Legislative Instruments F2011L00815

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ATSB:

Statement of Expectations

For the Australian Transport Safety Bureau
1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) continues to be a global leader in transport safety investigation, research and analysis, and fostering public awareness of transport safety.

The strategic direction in this Statement is given in accordance with my power under section 12AE of theTransport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (the Act).

The functions of the ATSB under the Act include:

  • receiving and assessing reports of transport safety matters, reportable matters, and other safety information;
  • independently investigating transport safety matters;
  • indentifying factors that:

–    contribute, or have contributed, to transport safety matters; or
–    affect, or might affect, transport safety;

  • communicating those factors to relevant sectors of the transport industry and the public in any way, including in any one or more of the following ways:

–    by making safety action statements;
–    by making safety recommendations;
–    by issuing safety advisory notices;

  • reporting publicly on those investigations; and
  • conducting public educational programs about matters relating to transport safety.

The Government expects the ATSB, while retaining operational independence in discharging its functions, to remain an active and effective participant in the transport policy and regulatory framework, working effectively with the Department if Infrastructure and Transport (the Department), other Government agencies including the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Airservices Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, State rail regulators, the future national rail safety regulator,, and the transport industry.

My expectations are that the ATSB will:

1. Perform its functions in a manner that supports Government transport safety policy, including the National Aviation Policy White Paper (White Paper), by giving safety the highest priority.

2. Continue to give priority to transport safety investigations that have the potential to deliver the best safety outcomes for the travelling public.

3. Implement policies, programs and other initiatives to enhance transport safety, including:

a. Subject to available resources, providing assistance to accident investigations in other countries, in accordance with international protocols;

b. Supporting the Government’s transport safety agenda in the Asia/Pacific region;

c. Continuing to undertake an appropriately-scoped research agenda informed by analysis of its own safety data and investigation findings;

d. Providing me, as part of its Annual Report, a status report on formal safety recommendations issued by the ATSB; and

e. Continuing to review current investigation policies and practices to ensure that the ATSB retains its reputation as a best practice safety investigation agency and its influence on the national and international safety agenda.

4. Work collaboratively with the Department and Sate and Territory agencies to ensure the ATSB is positioned and able to operate as the single national investigator for rail and maritime safety.

5. Provide timely and accurate assistance, information and advice on safety issues to the Government, industry and the community.

6. Adhere to a set of values and a code of conduct that maintain high standards of professionalism, service, probity, reporting, accountability and transparency, consistent with the Government’s commitment to excellence in the public sector.

Signed
ANTHONY ALBANESE
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
9 May 2011

 

Statement of Expectations:

ASA:

Statement of Expectations
For the Board of Airservices Australia
For the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013

This Statement of Expectations (SOE) outlines in a formal and public way, my expectations concerning the operations and performance of Airservices Australia (Airservices) from 1 July 2011 – 30 June 2013.  This SOE serves as a notice of strategic direction to Airservices under section 17 of the Air Services Act 1995 and commences on 1 July 2011.

The Government’s vision for Airservices is that it efficiently and effectively performs its statutory functions to deliver safe, high quality air navigation and related services for the benefit of the Australian community.  The Government expects that, consistent with subsection 9(1) of the Air Services Act 1995, Airservices must regard the safety of air navigation as the most important consideration in performing its functions.

As the Board of Airservices, I expect that you:

 will ensure that Airservices acts in accordance with the Air Services Act 1995, Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (and associated regulations) as well as other relevant legislation and legal instruments; and

 will keep me and the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (the Department), through the Chair of the Board, fully informed of Airservices’ actions in relation to the initiatives and activities stated below, and alert me to events or issues that may impact on the operations of Airservices, including the provision of timely Board reports and quarterly reports of progress against the Corporate Plan.

My expectations are that Airservices will:

1. undertake effective stakeholder engagement with the community, industry and Government on the development and implementation of significant changes by Airservices to air traffic and rescue and fire fighting services.

2. perform its functions in a manner that supports Government policy, specifically the following three key aviation goals outlined in the National Aviation Policy White Paper:
 safety remains the highest priority;
 a responsible approach to managing the environmental impacts of aviation; and
 a coordinated approach to airport planning and investment.

3. continue to implement relevant Government air traffic management and other airspace policy initiatives in the Aviation White Paper (in conjunction with the Department, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Department of Defence).

4. engage constructively in processes where it can provide information, assistance or advice for policy formulation, implementation and regulation undertaken by Government agencies, both within and outside my portfolio.

5. assist in implementing the Government’s environmental initiatives in relation to climate change and aircraft noise management, including;
 supporting the ongoing role of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman;
 implementing the recommendations from the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman’s review of complaints handling including the appropriate resourcing of the Noise Complaints Unit;
 undertaking an annual update of a detailed work program outlining Airservices initiatives in managing, monitoring and reporting on the environmental effects of aircraft, including the Sydney Airport Long Term Operating Plan; and
 continuing work on an implementation plan for the potential for wider use of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approaches at Australian airports to enhance safety and efficiency, reduce emissions, and minimise noise impacts, and the steps Airservices will take to consult with community and industry stakeholders on the plan.

6. contribute to a coordinated approach to airport planning including appropriate participation in, and providing information to, planning coordination forums, community aviation consultation groups, and the National Aviation Safeguarding Advisory Group.

7. support the Government’s Air Traffic Management (ATM) Policy through the development and implementation of an ATM Services and Facilities Plan.

8. provide a clearly defined Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS) for civil operations at civil and joint-user airports that meet the establishment criteria in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, and develop Memorandum of Agreements with State and Territory fire authorities.

9. progress the implementation of agreed joint civil and military aviation harmonisation initiatives in conjunction with the Department of Defence.

10. continue to invest in future infrastructure upgrades and replacement programs as demonstrated in a detailed capital expenditure program, including enhanced air traffic and surveillance services at regional airports.

11. commit to a strong focus on human resource issues, including publication of an annual update of the Airservices Australia Workforce Plan, and the development and implementation of proactive training and retention policies.

12. continue to support the Government’s aviation safety agenda in the Asia/Pacific region.

13. adhere to values and a code of conduct that maintains high standards of professionalism, customer service, probity, reporting, accountability and transparency, consistent with the Government’s aim of excellence in the public sector.

ANTHONY ALBANESE
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
2 May 2011

SOE – AirServices – to June 30 2013 – F2011L00870