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CASA announces response to fatigue review
Date of publication:
20 September 2018
CASA has released a report detailing how it will respond to the independent review of the fatigue rules.
CASA has accepted 21 of the 24 review recommendations. This follows extensive public consultation on the recommendations and advice provided by the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel and an industry Technical Working Group.
A staged approach is being taken to the transition to new fatigue rules for Australian aviation.
High capacity regular public transport operators will transition to the new fatigue rules by 30 September 2019.
All other air operators will need to adopt the new fatigue requirements by 26 March 2020.
The consultation and review will also result in a number of changes to the fatigue requirements and the way they are implemented.
These include a revision of flight duty periods to align closer to international averages, a better approach to approving and monitoring fatigue risk management systems, improved guidance on flight and duty time limits and fatigue risk management systems, a sample fatigue risk management system manual and examples of acceptable means of compliance.
CASA has committed to ongoing monitoring of fatigue data and international regulations to inform any future changes and will scrutinise the transition to the new rules to determine if any improvements are needed.
CASA’s CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said a clear plan for the finalisation of the transition to the new fatigue rules had now been set out.
“Both the expert review of the new fatigue rules and industry consultation has supported the need to modernise Australia’s fatigue requirements,” Mr Carmody said.
“The review and consultation identified areas where improvements could be made to both the fatigue requirements and their introduction. CASA is taking more than 50 actions to address key issues.
“The staged approach to introducing the new fatigue rules means the 19 high capacity operators will transition first, giving smaller operators more time to prepare for the changes.
“There will be ongoing engagement and consultation with the aviation community during the transition to the new fatigue rules.
“This will include road-testing regulation amendments, as well as seeking input on guidance material, forms, education and communications.”
The CASA board is satisfied that CASA’s response strikes an appropriate balance between safety and impact on industry and expects that industry will work with CASA to transition to the modified rules.
Find out more about CASA’s response to the review and the fatigue rules transition at fatigue management webpage.
Statement from the CASA board
Last year the CASA board commissioned an independent review to assist with the reform of Australia’s fatigue rules. The review team confirmed it would be appropriate to modernise Australia’s fatigue rules and provided 24 recommendations that would bring the rules in line with international best practice. CASA has consulted publicly on the recommendations and sought advice from the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel and an industry technical working group. There was broad consensus on the need to modernise Australia’s fatigue rules, with some differing views on some specific details. CASA has considered the review recommendations and industry’s feedback in finalising its response. The CASA board is satisfied that CASA’s response strikes an appropriate balance between safety and impact on industry and expects that industry will work with CASA to transition to the modified rules.