Australia's State Aviation Safety Program
3—State Safety Assurance
Safety oversight based on an SMS approach is underpinned by a philosophy of mutual responsibility and accountability, rather than a more prescriptive approach aimed exclusively at regulatory compliance. It increases the responsibility on service providers, who have day-to-day control over the maintenance of a safe operating environment, to focus on safety throughout the organisation's structures, policies and procedures.
However, the Australian Government and its aviation agencies retain a critical role in maintaining quality assurance of the broader safety system. This includes safety oversight and data collection, analysis and exchange.
Australia's aviation agencies collect, analyse and report on a range of aviation safety data. This data is used within Australia's safety system to monitor trends in aviation safety and to identify areas where there may be safety issues to be addressed in the most appropriate ways.