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Project SS 14/07 - Review of guidance material for the development and implementation of Safety Management Systems
Despite ICAO having one piece of guidance material directed at aviation organisations required to develop a safety management system (Chapter 5 of the Safety Management Manual, 3rd edition, published in 2013), there are various documents available to Australian organisations, with some being more up-to-date than others.
At present, the regulatory guidance materials for developing a Safety Management System (SMS) are promulgated in various documents:
- CAAP SMS package - for RPT AOC holders
- AC 139-16 - for aerodrome operators
- AC 171-3 - for aeronautical telecommunications and radio navigation service providers
- AC 172-1 - for ATS providers
- CASR Part 145 AMC/GM document - for maintenance organisations
- Micro Business SMS - for maintenance organisations with less than 10 Safety Sensitive Personnel
Approved maintenance organisations (Part 145 organisations) that are required to have an SMS have AMC and GM, as well as an SMS program for micro businesses to allow them to meet the legislative requirements. However, they do not have additional guidance material on the general principles associated with the development of an SMS.
These pieces of guidance material are subtly different; this difference can be accounted for by the internationally-accepted standards for SMS at the time each was prepared.
The most current ICAO guidance provides a suggested phased implementation regime which is considered reasonable, but which is not reflected in some of the existing CASA guidance materials.
Aviation organisations are also disadvantaged by the variable nature of guidance materials, particularly where they operate under two or more different authorisations with different guidance applicable.
It is considered that the most efficient way to address these problems is to create a single Advisory Circular, inclusive of guidance materials for all organisations required to have an SMS. This is in line with the intent of ICAO Doc 9859 - Safety Management Manual. It is intended that the Advisory Circular will have appendices for types of organisations that have specific or additional legislative requirements above and beyond the standardised SMS framework, for example, Flight Data Analysis Program (FDAP) requirements for RPT AOC holders.
It is not anticipated that significant changes which would materially change the function of an SMS will be made to the existing guidance materials. The changes will, however, provide industry organisations more consistent guidance for developing and maintaining an SMS, which is, as far as appropriate, consistent with the guidance promulgated by ICAO.
Guidance material relating to rules affected
- CAO Section 82.3
- CAO Section 82.5
- CASR Part 139 (including Subpart 139.H)
- CASR Part 141
- CASR Part 142
- CASR Part 145
- CASR Part 171
- CASR Part 172
- CASR Part 173
- CASR Part 175
- Proposed Part 119 of CASR
This project was approved by Rick Leeds, Ag. EM, Standards Division on 4 March 2014.
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Project Sponsor: Executive Manager, Standards Division.
|Consultation updates in 2014|
|Project SS 14/07 - Review of guidance material for the development and implementation of Safety Management Systems||Project approved.||7 Mar 2014|