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The Civil Aviation Safety Authority

CASA, Australia’s civil aviation safety regulator, was established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority under the Civil Aviation Act 1988.

Key role

CASA’s key role is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian territory and the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory. CASA also has responsibility for classifying Australian-administered airspace and determining the services and facilities provided by approved air navigation service providers, having regard to the efficient use of, and equitable access to, Australian-administered airspace. In performing its functions and exercising its powers, CASA must take into account the economic and cost impact of the standards it sets, the differing risks associated with different industry sectors and, to the extent practicable, the environmental effects of the operation and use of aircraft on the environment. In all cases, the safety of air navigation must be CASA’s most important consideration.

CASA, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence constitute Australia’s aviation safety framework, each with distinct functions, but working together as parts of an integrated system.

In keeping with CASA’s fundamental obligations, we strive at all times to ensure our decision-making and actions are lawful, fair, reasonable and consistent, and contribute to optimal safety outcomes, while not unnecessarily impeding the efficiency of the operations we regulate.


At 30 June 2020, CASA employed 857 ongoing and non-ongoing employees in offices around Australia.

Portfolio outcome

CASA has a single portfolio outcome, which is set by the Australian Government and outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements:

Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.

Corporate objectives

CASA’s objectives for 2019–20 were identified in the CASA Corporate Plan 2019–20.


Safe skies for all


To promote a positive and collaborative safety culture through a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulatory system, supporting our aviation community


  • Excellence – to strive to excel in all we do
  • Courage – to act with strength of character and conviction while being accountable for our actions
  • Integrity – our actions and behaviour are open, transparent and ethical
  • Teamwork – to work together to promote a strong, cohesive and highly effective workforce
  • Innovation – to challenge existing practices and look for opportunities to support effective continuous improvement
  • Fairness – to ensure our actions and decisions are informed, consistent, risk-based, evidence-driven and without bias
  • Respect – to engage with our peers, colleagues and the wider aviation community in a clear, concise and respectful manner at all times


  1. Maintain and enhance a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulation system
  2. Collaborative engagement with the aviation industry and wider community to promote and support aviation safety
  3. Continuous improvement of organisational performance

Operating environment

CASA has a direct regulatory relationship with approximately:

  • 31,203 pilots
  • 15,721 registered aircraft
  • 791 air operator certificate holders
  • 1,952 remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate holders
  • 16,482 remote pilot licence holders
  • 9,218 licensed aircraft maintenance engineers
  • 1,012 air traffic controllers
  • 320 operators of certified and registered aerodromes
  • 665 maintenance organisations.

CASA is also indirectly connected with more than 100,000 people who are involved in the Australian aviation industry, and with the many millions of passengers whose safety is CASA’s primary concern.


Against the nine performance criteria in CASA’s Portfolio Budget Statements, seven of 11 targets were achieved, while four were partly achieved.

Against CASA’s three corporate goals:

  • 24 of 26 measures of success against key performance indicators were completed or on track, while two were delayed
  • 42 of 49 intended outcomes in key performance areas were completed or on track, while four were delayed and three were not achieved.