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.
The fatigue rules
In April 2013, CASA introduced new fatigue rules for operators and pilots. The new rules—set out in CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013—better reflect modern flying conditions, scientific understanding of human performance limitations and advances in technology.
The fatigue rules for operators and pilots page has information about the rules currently in force, including details on recent changes to the legislation.
The guidance version of the legislation is a useful compilation of all amendments to CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 and contains the fatigue rules that all operators must transition to by the 1 May 2018 transition deadline.
The rules and steps to implement fatigue management policy and procedures are supported by Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) 48-01 - Fatigue management for flight crew members.
The current implementation period for new fatigue regulations is:
- Operators have until 1 May 2018 to transition to the provisions of Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013.
- In preparation to operate under CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013, operators are required to submit their draft operations manual changes, or an application for a fatigue risk management system (FRMS), to CASA by 31 October 2017.
CASA intends to extend the implementation period for new fatigue regulations by six months to enable sufficient time for and independent review of the fatigue rules to be carried out and recommendations to be considered. The new deadline for operators to complete the transition to the new fatigue rules will be 31 October 2018.
Learn more about the transition timeline and what it may mean for you.
Independent review of the fatigue rules
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.
Learn more about the independent review of the fatigue rules.
Implementing the new fatigue rules
Once you start operating under the new fatigue rules, you must comply with the general requirements set out in CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013, as well as the limits and requirements of the relevant appendix under which you operate.
Follow these links to find out more:
- Fatigue rules for operators and pilots
- Which appendix?
- Operating under multiple appendices
- Implementing a fatigue risk management system (FRMS)
- What steps do I need to take?
- Pilot obligations
Fatigue management resources and guidance
CASA has a comprehensive collection of material to help you understand and apply the fatigue rules. This includes information sheets, templates, questions and answers, training and development material, FRMS (fatigue risk management system) development guidance and forms.