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New CASA chair announced

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The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Leader of The Nationals

Federal Member for Riverina


The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Parliament House Canberra| (02) 6277 7520 | Suite 2, 11-15 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 |

17 August 2018


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack today announced the appointment of Mr Anthony (Tony) Mathews as the next Chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Board for a three-year term.

“Mr Mathews brings a wealth of aviation safety expertise, as a former Qantas regional airline manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service manager as well as a qualified commercial and airline transport pilot,” Mr McCormack said.

“In addition to his aviation experience, Mr Mathews brings considerable governance experience to the role, including serving as Deputy Chair of the Board of Airservices Australia, the national civil provider of air traffic control and aviation and rescue firefighting services at our major airports.

“His appointment will provide leadership in setting the strategic direction for CASA, and maintaining and enhancing CASA’s important role as Australia’s independent aviation safety regulator.

“I look forward to working with the new Chair to ensure Australia continues to maintain an air safety regulator that meets world’s best-practice standards.

Mr Mathews will commence as Chair on Monday 20 August.

Mr McCormack thanked outgoing Chair of the CASA Board, Mr Jeffrey Boyd, for his outstanding contribution since his appointment in 2014.

“During this period, CASA has continued to maintain high standards of safety while managing significant growth in demand from the international and domestic aviation industry,” Mr McCormack said.

“I wish him well for the future.”

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