Safety Management – Leadership

The Aviation Safety Institute’s ‘Safety Management – Leadership’ training addresses the void around Safety Management Systems. Making the SMS work; practical and pragmatic, and the Safety Manager’s central role in achieving outcomes.  The course addresses the SMS Components and Elements, but more importantly, you gain the knowledge and skills to make them work together effectively and efficiently as a Safety Manager.

Safety Manager

This course is not about Safety Management Systems. It is about Managing Safety

The courses has been prepared by the former CASA Senior Manager that represented Australia at the United Nations (ICAO) to develop the first new Annex to the Chicago Convention in 25 years – Annex 19 ‘Safety Management’ – and was Australia’s representative to the Safety Management International Collaboration Group; the global strategic aviation safety thought and practice leadership group.

ASI’s Course

The training addresses the required skills and knowledge to perform as a Safety manager in a high performance safety environment. These include the specialist strategic and operational skills, and the development of the desired traits necessary to lead teams of safety specialists to improve organisational safety performance.



This course addresses the skills and knowledge required to :

  • Lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation. It applies to individuals working at a managerial level who facilitate work teams and build a positive culture within their work teams. At this level, work will normally be carried out using complex and diverse methods and procedures requiring the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement, using a range of problem solving and decision making strategies
  • Lead and manage effective workplace relationships. It applies to individuals in leadership or management who have a prominent role in establishing and managing processes and procedures to support workplace relationships taking into account the organisation’s values, goals and cultural diversity
  • Develop and use of emotional intelligence to increase self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management in the context of the workplace. It includes identifying the impact of own emotions on others in the workplace, recognising and appreciating the emotional strengths and weaknesses of others, promoting the development of emotional intelligence in others and utilising emotional intelligence to maximise team outcomes.It applies to managers who identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources and who deal with unpredictable problems
  • Develop and monitor implementation of the operational plan to provide efficient and effective workplace practices within the organisation’s productivity and profitability plans.
  • Undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects.
  • Establish, maintain and evaluate the organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements. It applies to managers working in a range of contexts who have, or are likely to have responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role. It is relevant for people with obligations under WHS legislation, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or officers, as defined by relevant legislation


Course Structure

The course consists of three components.

  • Training in the foundation knowledge,
  • Skills development and assessment workshop, and
  • Workplace project and summative assessments

Initial coursework will be via distance learning.  Course materials will be available online within the ASI Learning Management System.  This component is self-paced. You will need to read, review and understand the concepts and ideas in these materials prior to attending the workshop.  Your trainer will be available via email or online chat / discussion forums to assist you as you work your way through the material.

Students need internet access to be able to connect to the ASI Learning Management System, which contains student materials and provides the means for submitting assessments.

You should allow approximately 300 hours of study to complete this phase.  Please allow sufficient time to complete this phase prior to attending the workshop.  The distance learning will include some formative assessment tasks*

The workshop consists of four days of classroom facilitated learning (completed over consecutive days).  The workshop will review and expand on the previous materials and will focus on additional theory and the development of practical skills. Integrated into the workshop will be additional formative and summative assessment tasks. These will be dependant on the knowledge you acquired during the distance learning phase.

After the workshop you will need to complete a workplace project as part of the assessment of the skill set.  The aim is to allow you to apply the knowledge and practice the skills you’ve gained and achieve observable benefits in your workplace; providing a final practical integration that benefits both you and your organisation.

Assessments will consist of:

  • Written and oral responses to questions
  • Written responses to case studies
  • Portfolio of evidence

On completion of the courses, students will have a sound understanding of management principles, and the legislative requirements and operational realities of the aviation safety management role.

The three components of the course must be completed within two years of commencement. Exceptions can be made for extraordinary circumstances.

Workshop size is limited to 16 students.

Note: Workshops will normally be completed in Sydney, Australia. If you would prefer to attend your workshop in another location, please advise the ASI Projects Manager (  If there is sufficient demand the workshop may be run at another location on different dates. Our Projects Manager will advise.  However, until an alternative location is confirmed, plan on attending the workshop in Sydney.

* For a general explanation of formative and summative assessment Click Here

AQF Units and Qualifications


This course includes the following Australian Qualification Framework Units of Competency

  • BSBWOR502 – Lead and Manage Team Effectiveness
  • BSBLDR502 – Lead and Manage Effective Workplace Relationships
  • BSBLDR501 – Develop and Use Emotional Intelligence
  • BSBMGT517 – Manage Operational Plan
  • BSBPMG522 – Undertake Project Work
  • BSBWHS501 – Ensure a Safe Workplace

ASI reserves the right to change these units as required.

Assessment of student competency is subject to satisfactory completion of assessments and projects.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied are measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

Students should indicate their decision to apply for recognition ASI Projects Manager.

Students will initially be assessed against the performance criteria and critical aspects of evidence for each unit of competency within the skill set.

RPL applicants must demonstrate their claim for competency in sufficient detail to enable the assessor to make clear judgments.



Upon successful completion of this training and assessments and the ASI ‘Safety Manger – Advanced’ training and assessments the student will have attained sufficient knowledge and skills to obtain an Australian Qualification Framework BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management. The BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply knowledge, practical skills and experience in leadership and management across a range of enterprise and industry contexts.

Individuals at this level display initiative and judgement in planning, organising, implementing and monitoring their own workload and the workload of others. They use communication skills to support individuals and teams to meet organisational or enterprise requirements  They plan, design, apply and evaluate solutions to unpredictable problems, and identify, analyse and synthesise information from a variety of sources.


Payment for this course will consist of two fees.

  • Training fee
  • Workshop and Assessment fee

Fees for this course are GST Free.

The Training fee is $1500 AUD. This fee is payable upon enrolment, prior to access to the Learning Management System.  In the event of withdrawal from the training prior to accessing any training materials a refund of $1250 is available. A non refundable fee of $250 AUD is retained by ASI. An invoice will be sent to your specified Billing Contact.

The Workshop and Assessment fee is $1500 AUD and is payable prior to attending the workshop.  An invoice will be sent to your specified Billing Contact.

Additional costs may be incurred in the purchase of ‘Learners Guides’.  These are purchased online (via links provided in the Learning Management System) and will generally be approximately $100 AUD.

Discounts apply for multiple students from the same organisation on the same course. Please contact the Marketing Manager for details.

The three components of the course must be completed within two years of commencement. Exceptions can be made for extraordinary circumstances.  Non completion does not warrant repayment of paid fees.

Enrolment Conditions

Students must be over the age of 18

Prior to course commencement students need to be able to:

  • Read, comprehend and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.
  • Use and respond to spoken language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts.
  • Recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbolism of formal mathematics.

Students are expected to have at least three years experience in a practitioner, supervisory or management role in operations in a safety critical industry or system.

Please refer to the Enrolment Form, for the terms and conditions of enrolment, which includes:

  • Enrolment and Selection;
  • Training Guarantee;
  • Course Fees,
  • Payments and Refunds;
  • Course Fees paid in Advance;
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer
Courses Tailored For Your Organisation

ASI can tailor this course specifically for your organisation. Your safety team will be able to manage your Safety Management System with greater effectiveness, combining an informed perspective of specific work requirements with improved managerial approaches.



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Aviation Safety Institute RTO 41219