Manual of Standards for Part 149 of CASR – Approved Self-administering Aviation Organisations (CD 1710SS)

Closed 21 Oct 2018

Opened 21 Sep 2018

Results updated 9 Jan 2019

This consultation set out the full proposed Part 149 Manual of Standards (MOS) that supports the operation of Part 149 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) – Approved Self-administering Aviation Organisations (ASAOs). The draft Part 149 MOS was first consulted together with the draft Part 149 Regulations from 22 August to 21 October 2016. In response to the submissions received from that consultation, the Part 149 MOS underwent substantial revision before being further publicly consulted between 21 September 2018 and 21 October 2018.

The principle objective of Part 149 of CASR is to improve aviation safety through the introduction of a consistent framework that encompasses a wider field of activities beyond those administered by sport and recreational aviation organisations, and which requires organisations to ensure their activities are unlikely to have an adverse effect on the safety of air navigation. Part 149 of CASR is scheduled to commence on 14 July 2019.

The Part 149 MOS sets out the detailed requirements appropriate to the specific nature and scope of activities that a particular self-administration sector would seek to administer through its approved administration functions.

This summary of consultation (SOC) outlines the comments provided by respondents to the consultation and provides CASA's response to the issues raised.


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Australia’s first regulation for self-administering aviation organisations was made into law on 12 July 2018. It provides a consistent and transparent regulatory framework under which organisations can be authorised by CASA to carry out self-administering functions as an Approved Self-administering Organisation (ASAO). It will replace individual agreements with several organisations.

The Manual of Standards (MOS) for Part 149 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR), is the regulatory instrument that:

  • sets out the framework by which organisations administer their activities
  • details requirements organisations must meet for ongoing approval as an ASAO.

It is important to note the standards prescribed by the MOS are authorised by regulation—they are legal rules.

This consultation draft sets out the full proposed Part 149 MOS that supports the operation of Part 149 of the CASR – Approved Self-administering Aviation Organisations (ASAOs) – for public consideration and comment. Previous consultation has supported policy to have a concise regulation and move most of the operational detail for ASAOs into the Part 149 MOS.

While Part 149 of CASR has been designed for sport and recreational aviation organisations which currently operate under a system of self-administration, the regulation enables any aviation organisation to apply to CASA to carry out a self-administered activity.

Together with Part 149 of the CASRs, the standards set out in the proposed Part 149 MOS, state the safety outcome an organisation is required to meet for ongoing approval to carry out an aviation self-administration function. The aim is to ensure the scope of Part 149 of CASR is broad enough to support any function across a range of sport and recreational aviation and any other non-standard aviation activity for which an organisation may wish to apply.

In addition to the general requirements of the Part 149 regulations, the Part 149 MOS sets out the detailed requirements to be met by an organisation that wishes to administer specified aviation functions, as well as supplementary requirements. The requirements may be subject to change over time and as such they are included in the MOS.

To issue an ASAO certificate, CASA must be satisfied:

  • that an applicant organisation can perform its proposed aviation administration functions safely
  • the ASAO intends to comply with the proposed regulations and associated manual of standards.

Why your views matter

CASA recognises the valuable contribution that community and industry consultation make to the regulatory development process.

CASA is working to ensure that the draft MOS for Part 149 of CASR contains all the information required for current and future ASAOs, to safely and effectively carry out any aviation function they would seek to administer.

Other members of the aviation community and public with an interest in this topic are also invited to provide comment.

A copy of the summary of proposed change (SPC to CD 1710SS) is provided below. Please read the document before providing your feedback in the online survey. You can read it on this screen using the scroll bar or save it to your computer using the popup options.

On this page under the heading, Related documents you will find:

  • Summary of proposed change – CD 1710SS
  • Exposure Draft - Part 149 Manual of Standards (MOS) 2018
  • PDF and Word copy of consultation CD 1710SS (This is for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation) 

If for some reason you are unable to access the consultation and still wish to provide a submission, please ensure you provide your input according to the structure of the consultation. The attached word document of the consultation provides you with the structure required.


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What happens next

At the end of the response period for public comment, we will review each comment and submission received. We will make all submissions publicly available on the CASA website unless a respondent requests that their submission remain confidential. Information about how we consult and how to make a confidential submission is available on the CASA website.

When the consultation draft submissions are published, we will also publish a summary of consultation which will summarise the feedback received, describe any intended changes and detail our plans to make the rule changes.

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