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Wednesday, 22 August 2001
Page: 30085


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 18 June 2001:

(1) Does the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) conduct quality and safety audits on the aviation fire services provided by Airservices Australia; if so, how many audits have been conducted at each airport in each of the past five years; if not, why not.

(2) Does CASA conduct quality and safety audits on the aviation fire services provided by the RAAF at RAAF airports and bases; if so how many audits have been conducted at each airport or base in each of the past five years; if not, why not.

(3) Does CASA conduct quality and safety audits on the aviation fire services provided by private sector providers at RAAF airports and bases; if so how many audits have been conducted at each airport or base in each of the past five years; if not, why not.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

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

(1) Yes. CASA does audit the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) provided by Airservices Australia. In the last five years, one (1) audit has been carried out at each of the following airports: Alice Springs, Hobart, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Port Hedland and Rockhampton.

In the last five years two (2) audits have been carried out at each of the following airports: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Coolangatta, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

(2) Yes. CASA does audit the ARFFS at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bases provided that those RAAF bases have significant movements of civil passenger carrying aircraft. Other RAAF bases are only audited by the RAAF. In the last five years one (1) audit has been conducted at each of Townsville, Williamtown and Tindal RAAF bases.

(3) CASA does not audit ARFFS provided for military purposes at bases that do not have a significant number of civil passenger movements.

It should be noted that CASA does audit ARFFS provided for civil purposes by private service providers such as at Norfolk Island and Broome Airports and previously at Avalon Airport (1 audit has been conducted at each airport, in the last five years).