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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6014


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2002:

(1) In addition to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) officer who was suspended on 24 October 2001, what other CASA officers, or other persons, have received advice or information of any other communications relating to his suspension since 30 May 2002.

(2) (a) Who provided that advice or information or in any way communicated with these other CASA officers, or other persons, with regard to any matters relating to the suspension of the officer; and (b) in relation to each CASA officer, or other person, when did those communications take place.

(3) What records of the provision of that advice are held by CASA.

(4) (a) Who hold those records; and (b) in what form are those records held.

(5) If those records are held in hardcopy files, what is the reference number for each relevant file.

(6) If those records are held in electronic form, what is the reference number for each relevant electronic file.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has advised the following:

(1) Information relating to this matter was placed on the public record during the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee's consideration of Estimates conducted on 29 May 2002. Since that time, the following officers have received direct information or advice from CASA relating to the suspension of the CASA officer:

· Executive Manager, Corporate Services

· General Manager, Human Resource Management Branch

· Project Manager, Workplace Relations

· Team Leader, Payroll Section

· Manager, People, Pay and Conditions

· Human Resource Officer, People, Pay and Conditions

· Policy Officer, Workplace Relations

· Human Resources Strategic Adviser

· General Counsel, CASA Office of Legal Counsel

· Legal Counsel, CASA Office of Legal Counsel

· Executive Manager, Aviation Safety Compliance Division

· General Manager, Airline Operations

· Manager, Airline Operations, Sydney.

In addition to the officers specified above members of CASA's Executive, Finance Branch, and Corporate Affairs Branch were provided with general information or advice relating to the suspension of the CASA Officer.

Staff members of the Sydney Airline Office were advised on 31 July 2002 by their Manager that the situation had been resolved.

Other persons who have received information or advice on this matter since 30 May 2002 include the suspended officer's legal representation, legal representatives acting on behalf of the Authority and representatives of the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

(2) (a) Since 30 May 2002, this matter has been co-ordinated by the Project Manager, Workplace Relations.

(b) With regards to the CASA officers referenced above, each received general communication from June 2002.

The staff members of the Sydney Airline Office were advised by their Manager on 31 July 2002 that the situation had been resolved.

Other persons who have received information or advice on this matter since 30 May 2002 include the suspended officer's legal representation, legal representatives acting on behalf of the Authority and representatives of the Department of Transport and Regional Services. This information was provided on a general basis both prior to and from June 2002.

(3) Records of emails and other correspondence is retained on CASA file number 01/11825-03.

(4) The Project Manager, Workplace Relations, Human Resource Management Branch, holds records of emails and correspondence between the parties.

(5) Records of emails and other correspondence is retained on CASA file number 01/11825-03.

(6) Records held in electronic form are not assigned a reference number. The Project Manager, Workplace Relations, Human Resource Management Branch, hold records relating to this matter on his “H” Drive. However, all documents of relevance relating to this matter are also held in paper form (see 5. above).