Safety Management Systems (SMS)
A Safety Management System (SMS) is a formal risk management framework to improve safety. Under an SMS, organisations have systems for hazard identification and risk management, safety targets and reporting processes, procedures for audit, investigations, remedial actions, and safety education. The size and complexity of an SMS should be scaled to suit the size of the organisation.
Implementation of SMS in New Zealand is a key part of the aviation State Safety Programme (SSP). The SSP guides the assurance of overall safety and security in New Zealand.
The next round of participants are required to submit their SMS implementation plans to the CAA by 30 July 2018. See SMS Implementation (PDF 182 KB) to see if this affects your organisation.
As part of your plan, you are required to propose a date, which must be prior to
01 Feb 2021, by which time your organisation will be ready to implement your SMS.
Advisory Circulars provide explanatory information and examples of how to comply with these rules.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about SMS.
Safety Investigators Course - Southpac aerospace (PDF 544 KB)
Wellington 27 to 29 Nov 2019
Safety & Lead Auditor Course - Southpac aerospace (PDF 512 KB)
Wellington 15 to 19 Jul 2019
Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) Course - Southpac aerospace (PDF 488 KB)
Wellington 16 to 19 Sep 2019
Systems for Continual Improvement Course - Southpac aerospace (PDF 472 KB)
Wellington 14 to 17 May 2019
ASMS – SMS In Practice Training Course
Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS) is offering a two-day course which guides attendees through each of the SMS elements to demonstrate how an effective SMS can work in practice. See their website (link above) for current dates.
Your Safety Management System (SMS) requires training that ensures all staff and contractors are competent to fulfil their safety responsibilities. The training is relevant with the size, nature and complexity of your business. SiS Training & Consulting Ltd has put together training aimed at the small to medium sized business, covering Introduction to SMS, SMS for the Safety Manager, Incident Reporting, and Audit Requirements.
For further Information, including costs and the training schedule across New Zealand, please see the link above.
Draft Appendix A to Advisory Circular AC 137-1 Agricultural Aircraft Operations (PDF 100 KB)
This Appendix is intended to provide guidance material on how to develop an SMS manual and associated documentation for smaller organisations that have not previously been required to produce an exposition or manual.
SMS Rule Comparison Documents - A comparison between the previous rules, and the rules with SMS.
Forms - including Application for approval of SMS Implementation Plan and Safety Management System Evaluation Tool
Real people, real stories - Examples of SMS in action from the aviation community.
SMS Resource Map (PDF)
Vector SMS Articles (PDF 1.4 MB) - A collection of SMS-related articles from Vector magazine.
SMS Resource Kit
This series of four booklets forms part of CAA’s participant resource kit. The kit contains practical advice about how to improve current systems, and explains the steps that can be taken to successfully, systematically, and proactively, manage safety.
Free hard copies of each, or the complete kit, can be ordered by emailing email@example.com.
Safety Management Systems Implementation Strategy (PDF 2.6 MB)
If you have further questions, ask the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.