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 suite 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 & Lead Auditor Course - Southpac aerospace (PDF 512 KB)
Wellington 14 to 18 Jan 2019
Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) Course - Southpac aerospace (PDF 488 KB)
Wellington 08 to 12 Apr 2019
ASMS – SMS In Practice Training Course
Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS) is offering a two-day course, in Auckland on 15-16 Oct 2018, which guides attendees through each of the SMS elements to demonstrate how an effective SMS can work in practice.
Aviation Incident Investigation Training (PDF 59 KB)
Airwork is offering, for the third time, a five day Aviation Incident Investigation Training Course from 22-26 Oct 2018. After completion of this course, attendees will be equipped with the tools to complete a formal safety investigation, including interview techniques, factual writing, analysis techniques (Event Causal Analysis Method/Threat and Error Analysis), report structure writing and much more. See the flyer for more information and to register your interest now.
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.