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Defence Aviation Safety Authority

The Defence Aviation Safety Authority

The Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA) is responsible for enhancing and promoting the safety of military aviation. This objective is primarily achieved through implementation of a Defence Aviation Safety Program (DASP) that supports compliance with statutory safety obligations and assures the effective management of aviation safety risks.

DASA Vision

Capability First, Safety Always.

DASA Mission

Support Aviation Commanders and Assure a Credible and Defensible Level of Aviation Safety.

DASA Executive Director Biographies

On 11 Jun 2021, Chief of Air Force approved a restructure of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA). The restructure will take effect on 01 February 2022 as described within DEFGRAM 567/2021.

The attached brief provides a high level organisational view of the new organisational structure, lists key features, describes benefits of the change and contains a Directorate Map that shows key areas within each Directorate.

DASA Restructure Brief - 2022

(Please click figure 1 below for a printable version).

DASA Organisational Chart

Figure 1

  • Headquarters DASA

    • Business Support and Governance (BS&G-DASA) – This cell is responsible for Business Support activities such as coordinating strategic and business planning, workforce capability management, monitoring and reporting and managing the Enterprise Risk Management framework. The cell also provides Governance of Safety Training, Business System Compliance, Finance and Project Management.

    • Aviation Safety Review (ASR-DASA) - This cell is responsible for coordinating documentation, planning and administration of Aviation Safety Review Boards and Aviation Safety Review Board Members.

    • DASP Coordination and Strategic Communications (DC&SC-DASA) – This cell coordinates DASP wide activities at both the strategic and tactical level and aligns consistency of communication between DASA and the regulated community and key stakeholders. This cell includes a team dedicated to the coordination of DASP Strategy and Planning and a team exclusively focused on strategic communications.

    • Policy Engagement and Recognition (PER-DASA) – PER-DASA is responsible for the sponsorship and management of the DASP Manual and DASA Handbook (transitioned from DASAMAN and Basic Regulation); Sponsor training for assigned policy and regulation; Develop, implement, coordinate, track and maintain relationships (Internal Defence and International) for the IASE Strategy; Lead Policy CoP; Policy – principles based, governing DASP implementation; Development and Management of the Recognition Agreements and associated processes; Manage and publish DASR and associated processes and Responsibly for research into Regulatory Practice.

  • Directorate of Aviation Operations (DAVNOPS) - DAVNOPS is responsible for assurance of Air Operations. The key functions within DAVNOPS are performed within the following sections: Flight Operations, Air Navigation Support Providers and Aerodromes (ANSP/AD), Uncrewed Aircraft System Operations (UASOPS), Operational Reviews and Approvals (ORA) and Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS).

  • Defence Flight Safety Bureau (DFSB) - DFSB is the Centre of Expertise (CoE) for aviation safety within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and WHS within Air Force.

  • Directorate of Initial Airworthiness (DIA-DASA) – The Directorate is responsible for delivering initial airworthiness assurance through development of regulations, promotion, organisational and design approvals, type certification and production. The directorate also includes specialist teams responsible for design technologies and standards, aerodrome and heliport certification and uncrewed aircraft systems.

  • Directorate of Space – The Directorate of Space was established on 04 July 2022 after a decision was made by Air Force and Space Command that Defence should establish its own independent space regulator in order to meet Defence’s Space capability needs. Subject to the establishment of a Space regulatory framework, and any associated legal arrangements with the Australian Space Agency, DASA plans to perform the Defence Space Regulator role.

    This regulator role is expected to include:
    •  the issue of space safety regulations and associated guidance and promotion material,
    • approval of space and high performance rocket licences and permits, and
    • conduct of accident/incident investigations. In addition,
    • regulation of certain mission assurance issues such as collision avoidance, debris mitigation and security.

    These functions will gradually be implemented over the next five years as this new regulatory capability is established and resourced, cognisant of Defence demand.

    Directorate of Aviation (Specialist) Engineering (DAVENG-DASA) –DAVENG – DASA provides specialist engineering advice and structural integrity services to Defence aviation as well as providing non-destructive testing, training and certification of technicians.

    Directorate of Continuing Airworthiness  (DCA-DASA) –  DCA-DASA is responsible for regulation development, education, oversight and enforcement for the conduct of aviation maintenance for ADF aircraft. The scope covers the following Defence Aviation Safety Regulations (DASRs) - maintenance (DASR 145), management (DASR M), training (DASR 147) and aviation maintenance licences (DASR 66).

  • Delegate of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DoSA) - The Delegate of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (hereafter referred to as DoSA) is an individual authority given by the DG DASA.