Recommendation R19980162

Recommendation issued to: AirServices Australia

Recommendation details
Output No: R19980162
Date issued: 18 August 1998
Safety action status:

See report B98/90 - 'Systemic investigation into factors underlying air safety occurrences in Sydney Terminal Area airspace'.

Output text

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia review their current relationship in order that both agencies have a clear and uniform understanding and expectation of each other's roles and responsibilities.

Initial response
Date issued: 13 November 1998
Response from: AirServices Australia
Action status: Open
Response text:

Airservices and CASA have re-established regular meetings at CEO level to provide an avenue for the review of significant issues and to ensure improved coordination on safety at the highest level.

A joint working group is also developing new regulations foir ATS providers and the memorandum of understanding between Airservices and CASA will be reviewed.

ATSB response:

The Bureau wrote to Airservices Australia on 4 January 1999 as follows:

Given that this issue has been the subject of further discussion arising from the investigation from the Class G airspace trial, the Bureau will await further developments in relation to this recommendation.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 09 June 1999
Response from: AirServices Australia
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

DSS is currently working with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in reviewing the current Memorandum of Understanding and that a greater understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Airservices Australia the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in relation to each other is evolving.

Airservices' and CASA's senior management have met and re-established a program of formal and informal meetings aimed at strengthening their mutual relationships and defining their respective roles and responsibilities. To a large extent finalisation of these roles is dependent upon formal advice from the Minister. This advice is expected in the near future.

ATSB comment:

The following correspondence was forwarded to Airservices Australia on 17 December 1999:

In light of the Charter letters recently released by the Honourable John Anderson MP, to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia, in addition to the 'Hawke report', the Bureau considers that this matter has been adequately addressed. The Bureau will monitor the application of these Charters and the progress and implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

Last update 01 April 2011