Australia Domestic Carriage By Air – New Limits to Mandatory Insurance Levels for Carriers

Following on from preliminary reviews of the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959 undertaken by the Australian Government in 2018, new mandatory levels of liability insurance, originally proposed to be implemented effective from 1 October 2019 have now been enacted.

The Aviation Legislation Amendment (Liability and Insurance) Act 2020, passed by parliament late last year, came into effect on Thursday 17 June 2021.  The Act amends the Civil Aviation (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1959, which is administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) to:

  • increase the cap on carriers’ liability for death or bodily injury of passengers on domestic flights, as well as the corresponding level of insurance required, to reflect the rate of inflation (from AU$725,000 to AU$925,000)
  • increase the cap on carriers’ liability for death or bodily injury of passengers on international flights from 260,000 Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to 480,000 SDRs (currently approximately AU$975,000)
  • increase the liability limit for the destruction or loss of registered baggage (from AU$900 to Au$3,000) and non-registered baggage (from Au$90 to AU$300)
  • enable the quantum of mandatory insurance to be increased by regulation
  • clarify that carriers, and servants and agents of the carrier, share the same scope of liability
  • establish a mechanism to expand the type of risks that carriers are required to insure against, to potentially include ‘war risks’, noting this change would be subject to consideration and consultation prior to any action being undertaken.

Should you have any questions in relation to the new legislation and limitation of liability amendments, please do not hesitate to contact the Aerosure team.

Greater Sydney COVID-19 Update – A Message from Aerosure

As you may be aware, in order to protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the NSW Government have just announced the implementation of additional restrictions (including stay-at-home orders) in relation to those working / living in four key local Government Areas (LGA’s) including the City of Sydney.

In view of the above, and prioritising the health & wellbeing of our staff, the Aerosure office will be closed during the restriction period. As always, we remain fully contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support the ongoing needs of our clients throughout this period.

Best wishes

The Aerosure Team

Revised Save the Date – Aviation Conference 22-25 March 2022

The 19th annual Aviation Conference will now be hosted at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort in Thailand 22-25 March 2022. Please save the date by adding to your calendar.

Since the postponement of our conference in 2020 and 2021, Willis Towers Watson Global Aerospace has been dedicated to supporting the industry through these challenging times.

Whilst our market leading face-to-face conferences have not taken place, we have continued to create thought leadership on insurance and technical risk issues, as well as delivering client technical workshops.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or comments ahead of the Aviation Conference. We look forward to welcoming you in March 2022.

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Kindest regards,

John Rooley, ACII
CEO Willis Towers Watson Global Aerospace