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Fatigue management rules: latest news
16 August 2019
Fatigue rules finalised
Following consultation with the aviation community, we have finalised the new fatigue rules under CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019.
The new rules are based on the recommendations of an expert review panel and extensive industry consultation and involvement, including the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel and an industry technical working group. The rules seek to align Australia with international standards, improve aviation safety, address known risks and maintain our reputation for safety in aviation.
There will be a phased transition to the 2019 rules.
Guidance material and additional information is available to support industry transition to the new rules.
29 January 2019
Consultation webinar recording available
In December 2018 we conducted a live webinar to discuss our proposal to modernise Australia’s fatigue rules. Participants were able to ask questions regarding the proposed changes prior to the opening of public consultation.
Watch the recorded video and review CASA’s answers to questions that were asked on the day.
Read CASA’s proposal and provide your feedback by 10 February 2019 at CASA’s Consultation Hub.
20 September 2018
CASA’s response to the independent review of the fatigue rules
We have published a report outlining our response 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.
Visit the independent review of the fatigue rules web page to read the report and find out more about CASA’s response to each recommendation.
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.
CASA has adopted the review’s recommendation for a staged approach to manage transition to the fatigue rules. 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 amendment instrument and explanatory statement for the transition extension can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
CASA identified 54 actions that will be accomplished in four phases to address the review team recommendations. Find out more about our plan for responding to the review recommendations.
26 April 2018
Industry exemptions and instruments extended
CASA has extended the following industry exemptions and legislative instruments to enable time to respond to recommendations flowing from the independent review of the fatigue rules:
- A new instrument CASA EX48/18 - Extension of CAO 48.0 Instruments Exemption 2018 (repealed at the end of 30 November 2020) (pdf 139.75 KB) (Fatigue Omnibus) extends most current industry exemptions from the flight and duty time requirements of CAO 48.1 until 30 November 2020.
- Helicopter mustering operators have the option to comply with CASA 28/18 – Flight Time Limitations for Helicopter Mustering Operations – Direction 2018 (effective from 1 May 2018 until 30 November 2020). This instrument replaces CASA 40/17.
Operators conducting aerial application operations in aeroplanes may comply with CASR Subpart 137.Q and are exempt from complying with CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 under CASA EX54/19 – Exemption CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 – aerial application operations in aeroplanes. The exemption continues to apply until 31 May 2022.