Commonwealth Numbered Regulations - Explanatory Statements

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Statutory Rules 1995 No. 148

(Issued by the authority of the Minister of Transport)

Civil Aviation Act 1988

Civil Aviation Regulations (Amendment)

Subsection 98 (1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (the Act) provides that the GovernorGeneral may make regulations for the purposes of the Act and in relation to the safety of air navigation.

In 1993, the Civil Aviation Regulations were amended by inserting regulations 310A and 310B, which enabled the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to establish a temporary system of safety audit programs and to charge for carrying out those programs. The system is part of a phased recovery from the aviation industry of part of the CAA's air safety regulation costs and is in accordance with the policy set out in the Government's 1993-94 Budget Statements.

The regulations extend the safety audit program for a further financial year as part of the same phased cost recovery process. The regulations amend subregulation 310A (1) so as to permit one or more safety audit programs to be determined in relation to an aircraft operator at any time before the end of the 1995-96 financial year. Subregulation 310A (2) limits the CAA's powers under subregulation 310A (1) in relation to the number of safety audit programs it can determine for the same operator. The effect of the amendment to subregulation 310B (2) is to prevent any safety audit program, or any part of such a program, being carried out after the end of the 1995-96 financial year when the extended scheme will finish.

The regulations commenced on gazettal.

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