Established on 6 July 1995 when the air safety functions of the former Civil Aviation Authority of Australia were separated from its other regulatory function of Air Traffic Control (which went to Airservices Australia).
CASA licences pilots, ground crew, aircraft and airfield operators; and is responsible for enforcing safety requirements under the Commonwealth Civil Aviation Act 1988 and the Air Navigation Act 1920. Although a corporate body distinct from the Australian Government, CASA is responsible to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
CASA was established,
civil air operations in Australian territory
operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory
developing and promulgating appropriate, clear and concise aviation safety standards
developing effective enforcement strategies to secure compliance with aviation safety standards
administering drug and alcohol management plans and testing
issuing certificates, licences, registrations and permits
conducting comprehensive aviation industry surveillance