This page provides information and advice on our new aviation rules. For information about the rules which apply to you, select from the options in the panel on the right.
Why are the aviation rules changing?
The new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs) are designed to improve aviation safety, address known risks, and maintain our reputation of our aviation industry being one of the safest in the world.
They align Australia with international standards, and incorporate lessons learned from aviation accidents around the world.
The new rules have been updated to include current technology and practices. They also consolidate related safety standards wherever possible, so they can be found in one place.
What is changing?
CASA is progressively migrating and updating rules from the CARs to CASRs as part of the regulation reform program. See a diagram that shows the relationships between the different CASR Parts. Detailed information about each CASR Part is also available.
In parallel, CASA continues to maintain CAR, CASR and associated legislative instruments outside the regulation reform program.
CASA regulation reform timeline
CASA maintains a timetable for its regulation reform program, which was initially developed using industry feedback following months of extensive consultation with the aviation community in 2015.
Our regulation reform program regularly reviews CASA’s progress in finalising, making and commencing the outstanding new Parts of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR), updating recently made CASR Parts and other major regulatory initiatives.
These recent changes include:
- CAO 48.1 extended to provide more time to transition
- CASR Part 129 commenced 29 Apr 16
- Part 66 postponed to conduct post implementation review. Dates provided are indicative only
- Parts 42/145 delayed to consider applicability criteria in response to industry feedback
- Part 132 delayed due to the Australian Government caretaker period
- Part 149 delayed due to the activities of the Part 61 Solutions Taskforce and to allow for the incorporation of stakeholder feedback following public consultation
- Parts 103, 105, 131 are indicative schedules at this stage, as a consequence of finalisation of the Part 61 Solutions Taskforce
- Part 139 updated
- Settle dates for Parts 91, 119, 121, 133, 135, 138 have been removed reflecting CASA’s decision to now publish each regulation and associated Manual of Standards together as a response to feedback from the aviation community. A new schedule for these Parts will be developed following the finalisation of the work of the Part 61 Solutions Taskforce.
How does CASA change the rules?
CASA consults with industry both formally and informally during the development of new rules. Read our summary of steps in writing a CASR Part for more detail.
When will changes occur?
In September to November 2015 CASA held a series of forums to discuss the timing of future regulations, the rate and impact of change on the aviation community, alternative ways to introduce and transition to new rules and how CASA could assist the aviation community through the process.
CASA has reviewed the feedback from these forums and is finalising a revised timeline for the regulatory reform program.
CASA wants to know what you think about the introduction of new regulations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, suggestions or questions.
You can find more information about the topics listed below:
- First step in fatigue rules review including Terms of Reference
- New fee waiver for ‘like for like’ transition to Fatigue Risk Management System
- Fatigue rule transition period extended by 12 months
- New information sheet covers integrated flight training for private and commercial pilot licences
- Part 61 Solutions Taskforce extended to address remaining issues
- Simpler aircraft rating flight review and instrument proficiency check rules now in effect