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Fatigue rule transition period extended

Date of publication: 
7 October 2016

The implementation period for new fatigue regulations has been extended by one year.

Air operators will now have until 1 May 2018 to transition to the provisions of Civil Aviation Order 48.1.

The transition period extension is in response to extensive feedback from the aviation community.

This feedback indicated there was a need for CASA to provide more support through education and information on the new fatigue rules.

Air operators also wanted more time to consider their options under CAO 48.1, with a number asking for extra time to develop and implement fatigue risk management systems.

CASA is in the process of developing revised guidance material on the fatigue changes.

In addition, the extended transition period will be used to conduct an independent and comprehensive review of fatigue limits.

A series of workshops were conducted by CASA across Australia between May and July 2016 to provide information on the fatigue changes and to listen to feedback and respond to issues.

CASA is committed to modernising and improving the safety regulation of fatigue and is encouraging a continued focus on fatigue management by air operators.

Air operators that have already transitioned to the fatigue rules in CAO 48.1 can continue to operate under the new provisions.

CASA will continue to support air operators that are in the process of transitioning to CAO 48.1, including trials of fatigue risk management systems.

In preparation to operate under CAO 48.1 air operators will be required to submit their draft operations manual changes or an application for a fatigue risk management system to CASA by 31 October 2017.

Find out more about the fatigue rule transition arrangements.

Media contact:
Peter Gibson
0419 296 446