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DEPARTMENTSAustralian Transport Safety Bureau, Civil Aviation Safety Authority
TAGS Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Civil aviation authorities, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Disaster/Accident, Mark Skidmore, Memorandum of understanding, regulatory bodies, regulatory overlap, safety, Transport
CASA and the ATSB — both regulators who pick up the pieces after air crashes — were in a dogfight ten years ago. The new director of aviation safety says there is no reason for antagonism between their complementary roles.
The relationship between the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has at times been headed for collision. A slow, iterative building of trust has resulted in new clearly spelled-out boundaries, as the two agencies renewed their vows last week with a new and improved memorandum of understanding.
Aviation safety director Mark Skidmore, CASA’s new boss, sees only common ground:
“The MoU clarifies and confirms the different, but complementary roles and functions of the two agencies,” Skidmore told The Mandarin. “The difference between the agencies’ responsibilities are sometimes characterised as antagonistic. They are not.”
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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