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Fatigue risk management involves operators and pilots taking steps to manage increasing levels of fatigue so that it does not result in a safety risk.
Modernising Australia’s fatigue rules
We are implementing our response to the independent review of the fatigue rules and are now consulting with industry on the proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 – Modernising Australia’s Fatigue Rules.
There will be a staged transition to the new rules:
- High capacity regular public transport operators are required to transition to the new fatigue rules by 30 September 2019.
- A high capacity aircraft is certified as having a maximum seating capacity exceeding 38 seats or a maximum payload exceeding 4200kg (see subsection 2 of CAO 82.0)
- All other air operators will need to adopt the new fatigue requirements by 26 March 2020.
The staged approach has been adopted after extensive consultation with the aviation industry and an expert review of the new fatigue rules.
The deadline for operators to transition to the provisions of Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013 by 31 October 2018 no longer applies.
Consultation on the proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 has closed. The summary of consultation – summarising the feedback received – will be published next month. However, you can read the responses to our consultation where permission has been granted to publish.
Before we finalise the proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) will consider the Fatigue Technical Working Group (TWG) report on how we have incorporated feedback and will provide us with further advice.
To address the remaining actions identified in our response to the independent review, a further proposed amendment may be developed and publicly consulted.
Information for operators transitioning or already transitioned
For those operators already transitioned, or in the process of transition, we will continue to review and approve applications under the existing CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 and 2016. The proposed new instrument includes transitional arrangements to continue recognition of these approvals until the relevant transition date.
The Guidance version of the legislation (pdf 877.04 KB) is a useful compilation of all amendments to CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 and contains the fatigue rules that all operators must transition to.
The following links provide information to help you understand and apply the fatigue rules set out in CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 and 2016: