Exemptions and relief measures: COVID-19

Date published: 25 September 2020


CASA is extending some of its COVID support in the light of the pandemic’s continued impact on the aviation industry:

  • medical certification – extended to up to 12 months for domestic operations (previously up to six months)
  • flight review and proficiency check alleviation – extended to 31 March 2021 from December 2020 but still limited to a maximum period of three months
  • aerial application rating proficiency checks – simplified to apply to aeroplane and helicopter operations without a safety risk mitigation plan
  • examiner proficiency checks – extended to up to six months to 31 March 2021. Also, an alternative ground-based check can be completed to extend your exemption up to 31 March 2021.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

here is no change being made to cases where operators have a Safety Risk Mitigation Plan.

You can only use the exemption if you cannot do the check or review because of the pandemic.


  • CASA EX132/20 which amends CASA EX57/20
  • Details on our COVID pages – including new advice on How safety management principles can support you during COVID-19.
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//exemptions-and-relief-measures-covid-19
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