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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.
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.
Consultation is now open on the proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 to support the transition of high capacity regular public transport operators. The proposed instrument would replace existing fatigue rules and includes transitional provisions for existing operators.
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 following links provide information to help you understand and apply the fatigue rules set out in CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 and 2016: