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What is Authorised Engineering Organisation?

Here at Compliance Council, we have forged a great track record in helping multiple organisations of varying sizes and scope achieve AEO status. We follow a tried and tested methodology that allows organisation to achieve their AEO in a prompt manner, and we remove all unnecessary stress and uncertainty in this extensive process.

Commencing in 2013, the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) launched the Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) program to support the engineering industry.

With the primary purpose of enhancing engineering governance, AEO is a widely accepted program intended to improve the delegation of responsibility in the private and public sector in delivering and maintaining NSW rail network assets with greater efficiency and safety.

AEOs can be implemented during various stages of the asset life cycle from concept and feasibility, through to design, testing, and construction. Regarding the potential to improve engineering assurance, achieving an AEO status should be considered by organisations that provide engineering services for the Transport for NSW (TfNSW). It positions organisations to strategically compete for work through the TfNSW procurement process.

What is Expected of an AEO?

An AEO is authorised to perform contractual projects and services with the TfNSW. 

In effect, AEOs would be accountable in:

  • Providing a safety and assurance argument for engineering work
  • Managing related stakeholder activities
  • Coordinating the delivery of assets and services with the end user

AEOs may also be required to follow other guidelines as stipulated within the contract for any works being completed.


Benefits of achieving an AEO status are:

  • It provides your company with a competitive advantage over competitors that have not sought authorisation. In effect, AEOs are in a stronger stance with relevance to more simplified procedures
  • Enables your company to create a more efficient engineering and governance process which is cost efficient and helps improve the quality of products and services delivered
  • It will have your company recognised on a global level as a safe, secure, and compliant organisation

Industries affiliated with this standard

Achieving the AEO status is applicable across companies in the engineering and transport sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

What industries do you work with?

As a leading provider of consultancy services we cover a wide range of disciplines including safety compliance, quality compliance and environmental compliance across high-risk industries.

We work with high risk industries including construction, manufacturing, aviation, professional services, healthcare, and transport.

What can all these management systems do for my business?

Management Systems alone won’t add any value to your business or your staff. Although, if a Management System is designed to fit into the existing operations of the business, and with input from the expected staff who will be using the system, then you will start seeing improvement.

Depending on the type of Management System and what standards it is designed to comply with, you can expect the following improvements:

  • Less instances of the organisation quoting/tendering for a project/client that they cannot actually provide the product or service for
  • Better responses to customer complaints
  • A mechanism for identifying issues and then systematically fixing them and preventing them from occurring again
  • If certified, recognition from your customers for achieving certification and increased confidence from prospective customers

These are some of the benefits of a Management System although there are many more that an organisation can achieve if it adopts the system into its core operations.

What is Third Party Certification and who does it?
Third Party Certification is the process of having your Management System audited by an independent third party. This type of auditing is typically used by Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) who are regulated by a government organisation known as JAS-ANZ. These CABs can issue registered certificates of compliance to various standards such as ISO 9001, AS 4801, and ISO 14001.
Is the process fixed at the duration of eight weeks?
The Eight Week Process is our preferred methodology for most Management System projects although this can vary depending on the standards involved and internal deadlines.
Are there any hidden costs?
Unlike many competitors who operate by a time and materials model, we operate by a fixed-fee model. We provide clients with proposals that outline the methodology for the project, the deliverables, and the total cost.
Is the initial consultation obligation free?
Yes, the initial consultation meeting with you to gauge what certification would be suitable for the business and also get an understanding of how the business works is free so that we can provide an accurate proposal.

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Matthew Allport
Matthew Allport
Jason O’Grady
Jason O’Grady
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