Recommendation R20040039

Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20040039
Date issued: 18 March 2004
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Regional Services, establish the safety benefits of the introduction of a drug and alcohol testing program to the Australian aviation industry for safety-sensitive personnel. Where possible, this program should harmonise with existing and evolving national and international regulations.

Initial response
Date issued: 28 May 2004
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

The following response dated 28 May 2004 was received from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority:

Thank you for providing the Authority with a copy of Air Investigation Report 200204328 on the accident involving a Piper PA-32-300 aircraft registered VH-MAR, which occurred at Hamilton Island Aerodrome, OLD on 26 September 2002. I apologise for the delay in replying.

CASA has reviewed the report and provides the following comments in response to Recommendation 20040039:

A review of the safety benefits of introducing a drug and alcohol testing programme for safety-sensitive personnel in the Australian aviation industry was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon John Anderson MP on 18 March 2004.
The team reviewing the safety benefits has been drawn from the Department and CASA and reports regularly to a Steering Committee comprising the Department's Assistant Secretary, Aviation Operations, and CASA's Executive Manager, Corporate Affairs.
The terms of reference were included and can been viewed at the response from the Department of Transport and Regional Services (see response to R20040040).

Last update 01 April 2011