The CASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Sub-Committee (UASSC) comprising CASA and Industry representatives has reported that it wishes to establish a Task Force to address regulatory bottlenecks with the regulatory environment in Australia in order to promote Industry growth.
At the UASSC meeting held on the 31st of May, it was highlighted that if Australia wants to foster an environment that supports UAS related innovation, attract investment and ultimately create jobs, it is critical that the regulatory bottleneck that is currently impeding the industry's growth is addressed. Further, it noted that to deliver an acceptable pace of regulatory change, without compromising safety, Industry must be smarter in the approach it takes to support CASA, and this includes dispensing with legacy constructs that are clearly not working.
To support this, the extant Working Group structure will be disbanded and replaced with a leaner "task force", with a clear agenda to accelerate UAS related progress in areas of national priority, working proactively with CASA.
Accordingly, Expressions of Interest (EoI) are being sought from Industry representatives to form a task force with a remit to safely maximise indigenous innovation, investment and growth by supporting key activities including UAS roadmap development, and establishing trial objectives designed to maximise the collective good for the nation’s UAS priorities and simultaneously address regulatory uncertainty.
Much of the regulatory reform required to support these objectives, and the broader objective of full UAS integration in the NAS, is reliant on risk assessment across a large range of technological and operational areas. This means it is critical that risk-decisions are informed by people who are demonstrably knowledgeable in areas where technical, operational or knowledge gaps are preventing more advanced UAS operations.
The task force will comprise 7 members from Industry, with CASA providing approxitmetly 3 staff for a total of 10 contributing members. Applicants who are skilled in at least one of the following areas are being sought:
As the listed skill-set is larger than the number of positions on the Task Force, preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate skill in multiple areas. Applicants should state which skillsets they wish to be considered for, complete with substantiation.
CASA note that before applying, applicants should be committed to participate in fortnightly meetings, in conjunction with behind the scenes support. It is recognised that the proprosed effort is a significant time commitment, particularly for small industry, so the default medium for meetings will be via video/teleconferencing, at a time that gains consensus from the majority of task force members.
It is expected that the task force will be supplemented occasionally by observers and Subject Matter Expertise from CASA, Airservices and Industry. This means that applicants should indicate whether they would be willing to be part of an SME team, should their application for the task force be unsuccessful, or in the event they would like to provide support, but are unable to commit for task force participation.
Full applications should be emailed to Tim Graham, with a second email provided to Terry Martin and Andrew Ward indicating you have applied. The email addresses are as follows:
The closing date for applications is 1600 hrs on Monday the 27th June. Questions in the intervening period can be directed to Tim Graham or Andrew Ward at the email address provided.