Asset Standards Authority (ASA) and the Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO)
With the primary purpose of enhancing engineering governance, Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), launched the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) on 1st July 2013.
As part of its remit the ASA has created an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) mechanism in order to delegate responsibility for engineering assurance to the wider industry.
Benefits of Achieving AEO Status
As TfNSW seeks to pass on design accountability to industry; AEO requirements will become more important for all organisations seeking to engage with the NSW rail industry. Whether organisations become AEOs or choose to work as sub-contractors under an authorised AEO.
Becoming an AEO can deliver two key benefits:
Provide your company competitive advantages over organisations that are not authorised;
Provide an opportunity to create a more efficient engineering and governance process in your organisation, which can result in cost savings, improved quality of product / service and therefore competitive advantage.
5 Key Requirements
The ASA will be assessing the systems of organisations against five key assessment areas; Scott Lister is a specialist in each of these areas and has led many initiatives across the industry.
Scott Lister has been at the forefront of the development of ‘systems thinking’ in the New South Wales rail industry, and have supported the ASA itself in a variety of ways, including developing systems and new ways of working for Government and private industry against the AEO key assessment areas.
Scott Lister AEO Support
Scott Lister is an AEO, and we have supported a significant number of major companies through to successful AEO outcomes. We have the demonstrated experience of working closely with industry and the ASA through the AEO process. Scott Lister is experienced in reviewing existing processes and procedures against the requirements of ASA to determine if they are satisfactory, and if gaps are identified we are able to produce and implement best practise methods to address these gaps prior to AEO assessment.
AEO Authorisation: A Tailored Approach
We offer an approach that enhances our clients’ existing processes and systems in order to address the ASA’s requirements and minimises the changes to the existing systems and consequently the need for training the clients’ organisation. We will do this using the following simple methodology:
Step 1: Understand your business, engineering and governance processes.
Step 2: Perform a gap analysis – which AEO requirements are satisfied, which are not? Noting that some requirements are mandatory and some optional.
Step 3: Develop an implementation plan – agree which gaps are to be filled and the required change management actions (system changes and rollout strategy).
Step 4: Action the Implement Plan – revise system documentation (procedures, forms, templates etc.) and execute rollout.