Post implementation review of CASA's Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Program

Christina Rudin-Brown, Belinda Clark, Kathy Diamantopoulou, Paraskeve Mitsopoulos-Rubens, Maria McGrath, Stuart Newstead, Michael G. Lenne

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A post-implementation review of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)'s alcohol and other drug (AOD) program (Civil Aviation Safety Regulation [CASR] Part 99) was conducted. The aims of the review were: 1) to evaluate the implementation of the program, in terms of compliance, logistical constraints, and its application; and 2) to identify and investigate any changes in attitudes,
behaviours, and knowledge relating to AOD use in the aviation community since the implementation of the program.
The review included three components: a quantitative analysis of reported testing data conducted under the requirements of both Drug and Alcohol Management Plans (DAMPs) and of the CASA random testing program; quantitative ( on-line survey) and qualitative (focus groups) assessments of attitudes, knowledge, and behaviour of those individuals who perform safety sensitive aviation
activities (SSAAs) as part of their role in the aviation community; and a process evaluation of the Part 99 requirements, including identification of any logistical and procedural constraints experienced.
The present report represents the final deliverable of the project, and includes results from the testing data evaluation, on-line survey, focus groups, and process evaluation across both DAMP and CASA random testing requirements. Supplementary work also included a review of AOD offence programs of other Australasian transport-related jurisdictions, including a comparison between the CASA offence program and each other regulatory framework, and is also included
within the report.
Collectively, results indicate general support among the aviation community for the CASA AOD program, and ii appears to be effective at deterring AOD use among safety sensitive personnel. A number of areas for improvement are identified that, if addressed, would help to improve the effectiveness of the AOD program and its acceptance among the aviation sector.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages158
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • aviation safety
  • operator performance
  • flight safety
  • impairment

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