ACPA is a tri-service agency with the dual role of representing the Defence Aviation Authority and the Operational Airworthiness Regulator on matters concerning Defence airworthiness management and operational airworthiness respectively. In both roles ACPA is responsible for:
The development of airworthiness policy to enhance the combat capability of Defence air power, and to ensure that it is relevant to future aviation systems and civil aviation practices and meets international best practice for aviation safety management; and
The coordination and management of the Defence Aviation Safety Program (DASP) through a compliance assurance process, including Airworthiness Boards (AwBs), operational airworthiness audits and the sponsorship of Defence airworthiness regulations.
Additionally, the Director Airworthiness Coordination and Policy Agency (DACPA) is authorised to interpret airworthiness regulations and provide authoritative advice on Defence and operational airworthiness management.