House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications
ratio of cabin crew members on aircraft
Terms of Reference
The Committee is to inquire into the assignment and ratio of cabin crew to those aircraft
that require the carriage of cabin crew under current regulations.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is currently considering a regulatory
proposal that addresses the assignment of cabin crew members to aircraft that require that
carriage of cabin crew. Under the current arrangements, operators of Australian domestic
aircraft carrying more than 15 but not more than 216 passengers are required to carry at
least one cabin crew member for each 36 passengers or part thereof 1:36).
Since 2006, CASA has permitted a number of Australian operators to operate certain
aircraft with a ratio of one cabin crew member up to a maximum of 50 passenger seats.
CASA has proposed to implement the 1:50 cabin crew-passenger seat ratio for aircraft
configurations of between 20 and 216 passengers with the gaining of approval conditional
upon on an operator having in place a CASA-approved safety management risk plan.
In response to this proposal, a number of issues have been raised, which would benefit
from further consideration.
The Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications will inquire into and
the current aviation safety regulatory system for aircraft operators in relation to
the application of the cabin crew to passenger ratio including current exemption
the role of cabin crew in managing both passenger safety and security;
the factors that determine the cabin crew to passenger ratio;
domestic and international practice in respect of cabin crew to passenger ratios; and
measures to enhance aviation safety that may be considered in future requirements
on aircraft operators for a safety risk management plan covering the cabin crew to
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