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Firm but fair: new charter for aviation safety regulator.

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Media Release John Anderson Deputy Prime Minister • Leader of The Nationals Minister for Transport and Regional Services

Firm But Fair - New Charter for Aviation Safety Regulator

A170/2003 23rd December 2003

A new charter and strategic direction for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) was released today by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson.

The release follows discussions between Mr Anderson and CASA’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Byron.

“I have provided Mr Byron with a new ‘Charter Letter’ to guide his leadership and the work of CASA over the next few years,” Mr Anderson said. “The charter reflects CASA’s new operating environment and sets out the Government’s vision for Australia’s aviation safety regulator.

“Although I have an increased role in CASA policy setting and organisational performance, I have emphasised in the charter that it is essential Mr Byron retains his independence in the management of the regulatory function.

“The charter recognises that safety is CASA’s primary concern, but the organisation must also be aware of the Government’s aviation reform agenda and be in a position to respond fully to Government policy directions and decisions.

“I have detailed a range of characteristics that I believe should be systematically entrenched in CASA. Consultation, consistency, fairness, accountability, courtesy and independence are key attributes of a world class regulator.

“I am looking to the CEO to guide CASA staff in balancing their dual roles of regulator and educator as the organisation implements its revised governance arrangements.

“Over the coming year, CASA should measure and benchmark its organisational performance in a number of key areas including communication and consultation, effectiveness and efficiency, and timeliness.

“I also expect CASA to remain up to date on international developments and to continue its commitment to the International Civil Aviation Organization.

“Firm but fair should be the guiding force for CASA over the coming years. I look forward to working with Mr Byron and CASA in maintaining Australia’s exemplary safety reputation and providing world best practice aviation safety regulation.”

Mr Anderson will table the CASA Charter Letter when Parliament resumes in February.

The new CASA Charter Letter is available at:

Media contact: Paul Chamberlin 02 62777680 / 0419 233989