Implementing a Safety Management System (SMS) isn’t as challenging, complex, or costly to achieve as you may think. In fact, many organisations have some SMS components already in place.
Some operators who held an AOC before 2 December 2021 and transitioned to the new flight operations rules can defer implementing an SMS.
We require these operators to submit an SMS implementation plan to us as an interim step before submitting their full SMS documentation.
If you were conducting RPT operations before 2 December 2021 you must already have in place an SMS that encompasses all your air transport operations.
For other operators who held an AOC before 2 December 2021, you need an SMS implementation plan if you are a:
- Part 121, 133 or 135 operator conducting air transport operations.
- Part 138 operator conducting aerial work operations under CASR 138.140.
Steps to create and submit your SMS implementation plan
You can also skip straight to our step-by-step submission process