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Mr. Truss – Jobs to be done this week in aviation

We saw the release of the ASRR report last week, which has a substantial “read” to it, and 37 recommendations.

To take you back to your talk to ‘SafeSkies’ last October, which was reported by Steve Creedy in The Australian and what Minister Truss said.

Top marks for:

  • The ETA for the review was met and in the correct month – by “May”;
  • Appointment of two new CASA Board members [just need the proper structure to meet ASIC requirements];

Now the following is up for grabs:

  • Reducing bureaucratic red tape on industry [a job for the capable Josh Frydenberg];
  • Enhance the role of the independent CASA Industry Complaints Commissioner and improve the ICC’s reporting and resourcing arrangements as required – [the ASRR gives the way forward and remove the ICC out of the reach of CASA legal and the DAS];
  • Changes to the ASIC system [brief given by the ASRR for valid improvements];
  • The changes to the ATSB should not be just ‘…more money…’ [remember the poor reports from and since Whyalla];
  • Establish a regulators’ regime that reflected “…best-practice safety arrangements and is appropriate to the risks…” [the ASRR was scathing of the stand-off between (and lack of industry trust) CASA and the aviation industry];

and the ASRR recommendations:

Lets have no watering down of these, which as many in the industry have called for:

A proper re-work of the CAAct, the appropriate NZ or FAA Regs implemented.

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Truss sets ETA on safety review [Address to “SAFESKIES]

Steve Creedy The Australian October 18, 2013 12:00AM

THE Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister, Warren Truss, expects to detail the final terms of reference and timing of the aviation safety and regulation review by the end of the year.

Mr Truss told the Safeskies Conference in Canberra this week he would also issue a new strategic direction to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority once he had considered the review.

The government flagged the review in its pre-election policy statement and is looking for a qualified and experienced member of the international aviation community to head it.

It will review the structures and processes of aviation safety agencies, look at how well they work together and examine the long-running regulatory review process at CASA.

Mr Truss told Safeskies it would also benchmark Australia’s regulatory framework against international best practice.

“We will appoint two additional members to the CASA Board and strengthen its aviation skills and experience to ensure the board is well-placed to oversee CASA’s new strategic direction,” he said.

“We will also enhance the role of the independent CASA Industry Complaints Commissioner and improve the ICC’s reporting and resourcing arrangements as required.”

The minister also opened the way for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to request more funding, saying the government was aware of significant pressures on its resources.

He also addressed delays at key capital city airports, particularly Brisbane and Perth, as they struggled to meet demand. He said the single most important step for air-traffic management in Australia would be the implementation of a new national system involving Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence.

A request for tender was with industry for a harmonised system that would provide greater operational efficiencies and work seamlessly with other systems in the region.

“These harmonised systems will accommodate future air traffic in the region, which is expected to grow by more than 50 per cent over the anticipated life of the new air-traffic system platform,” Mr Truss said.

There was no change in the stance on a second Sydney airport, which Mr Truss reiterated would be informed by the Sydney Airport master plan due to be released in December.

On aviation security, he said the government recognised that “a one size fits all” approach did not always produce the best outcome.

“We will therefore work to ensure that security measures are appropriate to the level of risk, without imposing unnecessary cost burdens or affecting the viability of services,” he said, noting that the government was committed to reducing bureaucratic red tape on industry by $1 billion a year.

“Requirements should be implemented in a practical and commonsense way while, of course, ensuring that aviation security is not comprised,” he said.

General aviation also came in for a mention, Mr Truss promising to re-establish regular talks to address industry issues and committing to establish a regulators’ regime that reflected “best-practice safety arrangements and is appropriate to the risks”.

Separately, the minister entered the climate change debate by claiming the removal of the carbon tax would lower the cost of transport and infrastructure for all Australians. He said the aviation sector was paying 6.279c-a-litre carbon tax on aviation kerosene and 5.313c a litre on Avgas.

 

 

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