IATA and Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) as a tool to complement their oversight of non-Australian registered airlines operating to/from Australia.

Under the MoU, CASA will use information from the IOSA Audit Reports as part of its assessment for Australia’s Foreign Air Transport Air Operator’s Certificates (FATAOCs), Foreign Aircraft Air Operator’s Certificates (FAAOCs) and other permissions authorizing the operation of foreign registered aircraft into, out of and within Australia.

CASA’s use of IOSA will help reduce the number of audits foreign airlines need to undergo in order to operate to/from Australia, while maintaining a high level of safety oversight through adhering to the global standards and recommended practices which are the basis of IOSA.

Australia is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to use IOSA as part of its safety oversight of airlines.

Watch Gilberto Lopez-Meyer, IATA's Senior Vice President, Safety and Flight Operations talk about the significance of this MOU: