Recommendation R20070004

Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20070004
Date issued: 04 April 2007
Safety action status: Closed - Partial Action
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Issue

CASA did not have a systematic process for determining the relative risk levels of airline operators.

This issue was discussed in the analysis section of the draft report but was not listed as a safety issue. However, it has now been included as a safety issue following assessment of comments on the draft report.

Safety Recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority address this safety issue.

Initial response
Date issued: 01 June 2007
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

CASA has a project underway to review, and if necessary, redesign elements of the oversight regime. The implementation phase of the project commences in early 2008.

This project also includes a risk assessment module. It is intended that the entire surveillance system be based upon an integrated risk framework.

ATSB response:

The ATSB notes the actions being taken by CASA to address this safety issue and has amended the status of this recommendation to 'Monitor'.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 08 October 2008
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Monitor
Response text:

There is significant progress of the Industry Oversight Project in developing the systematic assessment of relative risks of airline operators. A large group of smaller operators were assessed for relative safety risk when they became part of the oversight responsibility of CASA's Air Transport Operations Group. This assessment was achieved using a method initially developed between the Group and the Project and this method is currently being further developed to be applied across all Air Operators under the Group's oversight. This enables the Group to target its resources effectively and identify clearly operators who may not be managing safety appropriately based on risk. The same method is to be further developed, adapted and applied for all CASA oversight activity. 

ATSB comment:

The ATSB acknowledges that CASA is undertaking positive action to address this safety issue. Before the ATSB closes this safety recommendation it would like to be advised about the success and outcomes of the actions described by CASA. 

Further correspondence
Date issued: 07 December 2009
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Closed - Partially Accepted
Response text:

CASA has recently restructured to more accurately align resources with functions required by the Civil Aviation Act. As an element of that restructure a dedicated Safety Analysis and Education division has been formed. Also, the former Air Transport, Manufacturing and General Aviation groups have been merged to form the new CASA Operations Division. A Safety Oversight Branch has been established within that division. Within the Safety Oversight Branch dedicated Safety Performance Management and National Safety Planning sections have been established.

The previous work conducted by the Industry Oversight Project is now being managed to fruition through the current establishment of these areas and an operational enhancement program dedicated largely to the creation of a risk based oversight methodology. This work is premised upon contemporary risk management philosophies and will deliver a systemic process for the management of safety performance at a national level. It will generate processes for more effectively capturing, assessing and managing the relative risk levels of Australian civil aviation permission holders through the strategic application of CASA resources in line with those aviation safety risk levels.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 20 June 2013
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

CASA has now issued the updated CASA Surveillance Manual [available on the CASA website and introduced a new IT tool Sky Sentinel. Together they constitute a very comprehensive systematic process for determining the relative risk levels for all Air Operator Certificate holders.

Last update 05 April 2012