Independent review of aviation fatigue rules for operators and pilots
The CASA Board has directed that an independent review of the fatigue rules for operators and pilots contained in Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 Instrument 2013 will be undertaken in 2017 as a result of feedback received from various sections of the aviation industry.
The fatigue rules for air operators and pilots have been updated as part of the CASA's regulation reform program that seeks to align Australia with international standards, improve aviation safety, address known risks, and maintain our reputation for safety in aviation.
The independent review will provide an informed basis on which CASA will complete the implementation of the new fatigue rules in the context of the current international and domestic regulatory environments.
Terms of Reference
Read the Terms of Reference for further detail on the purpose, aim, objectives, scope, and considerations of the review.
The Terms of Reference have been endorsed by the CASA Board.
Independent review team
Dédale Asia Pacific, a Melbourne-based human factors and safety consultancy, will steer the review. Dédale has assembled a team of specialists to carry out the review. The independent review team and the expert advisory panel include leading international safety and human factors specialists with extensive relevant experience and expertise, including studying the effects of fatigue on operational performance in a range of safety critical industries, developing, evaluating and implementing fatigue models, and working with airlines and other transport industry operators to implement effective fatigue risk management systems.
Learn more about the expertise of the independent review team and expert advisory panel.
The independent review team will examine feedback previously provided to CASA and is very keen to actively engage with the aviation industry and other relevant stakeholders to help inform the review and to ensure that all views are heard and considered. Details on how stakeholders will be able to express their views to the independent review team will be provided on the CASA website once available.
Timing and reporting
Draft findings and recommendations will be provided to the CASA Board by the end of 2017.
A final report, including recommendations emerging from the findings, will be presented to the CASA Board in early 2018.
CASA intends to extend the implementation period for new fatigue regulations by six months to enable sufficient time for the review to be carried out and recommendations to be considered. The extended transition dates will be:
- 30 April 2018 – operators will be required to submit their draft operations manual changes, or an application for a fatigue risk management system (FRMS), to CASA detailing how they plan to implement the new fatigue rules.
- 31 October 2018 – the deadline for operators to complete transition to the provisions of Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013.
Stakeholders are able to comment on any implementation implications that the extended transition period may have by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the conclusion of the review, CASA will consider the findings and recommendations. Any proposed changes following the review would be subject to an abbreviated industry and public consultation process.
If you have any questions relating to the review, please email email@example.com.