Safety Management – Advanced

The Aviation Safety Institute’s ‘Safety Management Advanced’ 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 training 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.

The training has been prepared by the former CASA Senior Manager who 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.


On completion of the training, participants will have fundamental 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.


ASI’s Safety Management Advanced syllabus covers a range of management knowledge and skills. The training is continuously updated as theory evolves, and currently addresses  the skills and knowledge required to :

  • Develop and monitor the processes for managing identified breaches in the fulfillment of compliance requirements within an organisation.
  • Organise training for others for an information or knowledge management system and to manage the use of the system.
  • Determine strategic change requirements and opportunities; and to develop, implement and evaluate change management strategies.
  • Encourage and support the development of a learning environment in which work and learning come together. Particular emphasis is on the development of strategies to facilitate and promote learning and to monitor and improve learning performance.
  • Lead and manage continuous improvement systems and processes. Particular emphasis is on the development of systems and the analysis of information to monitor and adjust performance strategies, and to manage opportunities for further improvements.
  • Manage risks in a range of contexts across an organisation or for a specific business unit or area in any industry setting.

Training Structure

The course consists of three components.

  • Facilitated workshop,
  • Distance Learning, and
  • Workplace projects

Initial training will be conducted in a 4 day face to face workshop. The workshop is completed over consecutive days laying the foundation for the distance learning components. The workshop provides the student with the core knowledge and skills to be a productive member of the safety management team. It does not result in a formal qualification.

The workshop facilitators have extensive backgrounds in aviation safety management, and the workshop is supported by a text written specifically for it. It includes comprehensive references to enable participants to follow up on areas of interest

For students to obtain a formal recognition under the Australian Qualification Framework, a further distance learning component is required to be completed. These components are self-paced. Students will need to read, review and understand the concepts and ideas in supplied materials prior to completing the assessments.  The learning materials will be available online within the ASI Learning Management System.  Trainers will be available via email or online chat/discussion forums to assist as students work through the material.

As part of the distance learning component, students will need to complete workplace projects as part of the assessment skill set. The aim is to allow students to apply the knowledge and practice the skills they’ve gained and achieve observable benefits in the workplace; providing a final practical integration that benefits both the student and their organisation.

You should allow approximately 140 hours of study to complete the distance learning and workshop project components. 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.

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


The workshop does not result in a formal qualification.

Completion of the distance learning component of this course, including satisfactory completion of all assessments, will result in formal recognition of training for the following Australian Qualification Framework Units of Competency

  • BSBCOM503 – Develop Processes for the Management of Breaches in Compliance Requirements
  • BSBINM501 – Manage an Information or Knowledge Management System
  • BSBINN601 – Lead and Manage Organisational Change
  • BSBLED501 – Develop a Workplace Learning Environment
  • BSBMGT516 – Facilitate Continuous Improvement
  • BSBRSK501 – Manage Risk

In order to qualify for the Australian Qualification Framework BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management students must:

  • Complete the distance learning component of this training, including satisfactory completion of all assessments
  • Complete the ASI Safety Management Leadership training, including the workshop, distance learning, and workplace projects.

In order to qualify for the Australian Qualification Framework BSB51615 Diploma of Quality Auditing students must:

  • Complete the distance learning component of this training, including satisfactory completion of all assessments
  • Complete the ASI Audit Principles and Methods training, including the workshop, distance learning, and workplace projects.


Workshops will normally be completed in Sydney, Australia. If you would prefer to attend your workshop in another location, please advise the ASI Customer Relations Manager [CLICK HERE].

If there is sufficient demand the workshop may be run at another location on different dates. However, until an alternative location is confirmed, plan on attending the workshop in Sydney.

Costs & Conditions

The fee for the workshop in Australia is $2950 AUD per person (inclusive of GST).

Discounts apply for multiple participants from the same organisation on the same workshop. Please contact the ASI Customer Relations Manager [CLICK HERE] for details.

Full payment is required before attendance at the workshop.

Workshop size is limited to 16 students.

Students will need to meet the following entry requirements prior to course commencement:

  • Must be over the age of 18
  • Reading and writing -­ a student must be able to read, comprehend and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.
  • Oral communication -­ a student must be able to use and respond to spoken language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts.
  • Numeracy and mathematics – a student must be able to recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbolism of formal mathematics.
  • Students must have a minimum 3 years experience in a management, supervisory or practitioner role within a safety critical industry or system. This could include aviation, maritime, rail, road transport and/or medical industries.
  • Students must be currently employed within a safety critical industry or system. This could include aviation, maritime, rail, road transport and/or medical industries, and are working a minimum of 15 hours per week

The fee for the distance learning component is $2200 AUD per person. A fee of $1500 AUD is payable upon enrolment in the distance learning component, prior to access to the Learning Management System.  In the event of withdrawal from the distance learning prior to accessing any training materials a refund of $1250 is available. The balance of $700 AUD is payable upon submission of the final assessment.

An invoice will be sent to your specified Billing Contact.

To view the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment for Professional Development Workshops – CLICK HERE

To view the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment for Distance Learning Program – CLICK HERE


We normally run this workshop on an ‘as needs’ basis about twice per year. ASI staff liaise with the people and organisations that have registered an interest, coordinating locations and dates that are the most suitable. 

Workshops with places available are detailed below, and you can enrol in these Workshops immediately.

If the ‘Workshops with Places Available’ are not suitable we can register your interest and then keep you updated – CLICK HERE

Future dates and locations are dependant on the needs of those that have registered an interest. Workshops are generally planned about 8 weeks ahead.



We can also run the workshop for organisations that want training ‘in-house’ and only for their organisations personnel

ASI can tailor this workshop specifically for your organisation’s needs. 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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