General Directions

A General Direction is a notice issued by the Director of Civil Aviation to specify the requirements for aviation medicine related matters for applicants of a medical certificate. A General Direction is issued after consultation with interested parties.

Temporary Medical Conditions

The Director of Civil Aviation has signed the General Direction on Temporary Medical Conditions.

General Directions Exceptions for Temporary Medical Conditions - effective 15 Apr 2019 (PDF 116 KB)

Submissions on this General Direction closed 16 Dec 2018

This General Direction provides exceptions to the reporting requirements set out in section 27C of the Act for temporary medical conditions. It provides practical guidance on what temporary medical conditions are not necessary for medical certificate holders to report. These exceptions to reporting requirements only apply to participants who hold a current medical certificate. All other applicants must still disclose their medical conditions for the purposes of the medical examination referred to in section 27D (1) of the Act.

Colour Vision Deficiency 2019

The Director of Civil Aviation has signed the General Direction on Colour Vision Deficiency. It will be operational on 31 May 2019.

The new approach will be aligned closely with that adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States.

The General Direction on Colour Vision Deficiency sets the conditions for pilots who have a colour vision deficiency. It represents a shift in operational policy towards pilots with impaired colour vision, allowing these pilots to demonstrate competency through assessments and flight tests. This provides an opportunity to show they can operate an aircraft safely despite their vision deficiency.

It is the result of three years’ work by the CAA, working with industry and pilots with colour vision deficiency. There is evidence that the majority of colour vision deficient pilots pose no greater safety risk than their normally sighted colleagues, as long as they are tested, and pass an appropriate assessment.

It will enable pilots with CVD to apply to undertake a new Operational Colour Vision Assessment (OCVA) and, if successful, remove restrictions on their Class 1 and Class 2 medical certificates. It may apply in certain circumstance to pilots with DL9 medical certificates.

Note: This General Direction is not effective until 31 May 2019, pending completion of assessor training for the Occupational Colour Vision Assessments, and revised guidance for Medical Examiners. Further information will be provided over the coming weeks to assist participants impacted by the changes.

Colour Vision Deficiency - General Directions Notice 2019 (PDF 8.6 MB)

Submissions on this General Direction closed 16 Dec 2018

Proposed General Directions Notice 2018 Colour Vision Deficiency - Summary of Submissions (PDF 439 KB)

Previous proposed Colour Vision General Directions

These General Directions were proposed in 2017 and 2018 but are not operational.

Proposed General Directions Notice 2018 Colour Vision Deficiency (PDF 148 KB)

Proposed General Directions Impaired Colour Vision 2017 - Summary of Submissions (PDF 118 KB)

Report of the Colour Vision Deficiency General Direction Assessment Panel

Other

Director's approval for use of the PREDICT cardiovascular assessment tool (PDF 454 KB)

Timetable for Routine Examinations - General Directions Notice 2009 - effective 01 Mar 09 (PDF)

Examination Procedures - General Directions Notice 2009 - effective 01 Mar 09 (PDF)