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M M E E D D I I A A R R E E L L E E A A S S E E J JO OH HN N A AN ND DE ER RS SO ON N

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL SERVICES

LEADER OF THE NATIONALS

New CEO for Civil Aviation Safety Authority

A132/2003 30th October 2003

International aviation safety management specialist, Bruce Byron AM, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Announcing the decision, the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said Mr Byron would bring a wealth of experience to the challenging role of CEO of CASA.

“Mr Byron is highly regarded throughout the aviation sector for his vision and commitment to safe skies,” Mr Anderson said. “He has made significant contributions to the development of Australian aviation in military, government and industry roles.”

Mr Byron is a qualified pilot, instructor and examiner. He has been an aviation trainer, commanded the RAAF Central Flying School, worked with the former Bureau of Air Safety Investigation and was a flight examiner with the former Department of Aviation. In industry roles he has supervised resource company jet operations, managed the operations of a large Australian airline and developed safety management systems for three airlines. He is currently the Chairman of the Aviation Safety Forum, an industry group providing strategic advice to CASA.

“I believe Mr Byron will drive the Government’s aviation reform agenda forward, lead CASA’s change and progress, and ensure Australia’s aviation safety regulator is world class.”

The Civil Aviation Amendment Act 2003, recently passed through Parliament, is a key feature of the Government’s reform agenda. The Act provides for:

! the abolition of the CASA Board and appointment of a new CEO and Director of Aviation Safety; ! a greater role for the Minister in setting policy directions and performance standards for CASA; and ! the Minister to establish consultation machinery for industry and stakeholders.

As Director of Aviation Safety, Mr Byron will retain independence in his responsibility for managing CASA’s regulatory function.

Mr Byron will take up his appointment as CEO on 1 December 2003. This will allow him to conclude his current commitments.

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Mr Anderson thanked Mr Bruce Gemmell, the outgoing acting Director of Aviation Safety, the CASA Board and the former Director of Aviation Safety, Mick Toller, for their contribution and the instrumental role they have played in bringing CASA to its current position under the reform agenda.

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680 / 0419 233989