Key features of the Manual Authoring and Assessment Tool (MAAT)
Key features of MAAT to help you draft and submit your manuals to CASA for assessment include:
- Table of contents (TOC) that automatically updates when content, sections and attachments are entered
- List of effective pages (LEP), with the date and page numbers automatically updated
- Guidance material on the content of each section of your manual
- Sample text that can be selected (and updated if required) to assist writing your manual
- Customise the cover page, headers and footers to suit your needs
- Format text using bullets, numbering, indents and more
- Add images and attachments
- Submit the manual online to CASA for assessment
- Print at any stage of the process
- Access, update and resubmit your manual at any time
Additional features of MAAT
You can add comments to any sections of the manual and they will be visible to the CASA inspector when the manual is assessed. The CASA inspector might also add comments for your guidance.
Can be entered as a means of communication between manual authors/writers, or as a reminder of things that need to be done. None of this information can be seen by CASA.
Included in the manual for the names of key personnel, such as Accountable Manager, Quality Manager, Safety Manager etc. If any of these key personnel change, the placeholder can be updated with the new name, and all mentions in the manual will be changed accordingly.
Can be done at any time and as often as needed. You can print just a section, a section and its subsections, or the entire manual. Other options include printing with or without the cover page, table of contents, list of effective pages, images, guidance material, attachments, comments, references, notes etc.
Links added to sections of the manual by CASA to provide quick access to web pages or documents with additional information to assist in writing your manual.
Displayed for each section of the manual to show what stage of development it is at. Icons include:
- Edit ̶ the section is in progress and needs content added
- Section ready ̶ the section is complete but has not been submitted to CASA for assessment
- Submitted ̶ the section has been submitted for assessment (cannot be edited)
- Accepted ̶ the section has been assessed and accepted by CASA
- Rejected ̶ the section has been assessed by CASA and needs further updating (see comments for CASA’s reason/s for rejection).
- Organisation ̶ the highest level and the main contact with CASA. The organisation’s email address will be used to send notifications regarding MAAT submissions or returned manuals.
- Principal authors ̶ responsible for developing and submitting the manual or exposition to CASA. Can allocate sections of the manual to authors.
- Authors ̶ can update the content of sections of a manual or exposition but cannot mark them as ready for assessment, or submit the manual to CASA. The principal author must review the sections’ content and mark them as ‘ready for assessment’, then submit them to CASA for approval.
MAAT manages versions of your manual very simply. The initial manual created is V1.0 draft. When accepted by CASA in full, it becomes V1.0. When changes are needed a new draft (V2.0 draft) is created. When its amended sections are accepted by CASA it becomes V2.0.