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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.


*** Update 30/11/2021 *** 


On Tuesday 30th November 2021 the Transport for NSW Asset Management Branch announced some changes to the AEO authorisation program. The existing AEO program will transition to the now known Technically Assured Organisation (TAO) program between now and 30th March 2022.

  • Any existing or submitted application and or scope expansion application up until 30th March 2022 will be treated and assessed as per the existing AEO program.
  • Post 30th March 2022 all existing certified AEOs will be automatically certified as a TAO to the same existing scope.
  • No changes to existing procurement contracts will be required. Any procurement contracts post 30 March 2022 will be subject to the TAO program

There have been some changes to the application process and the application documents. Here at Compliance Council we are well and truly across these changes and will continue to remove all unnecessary stress and uncertainty and assist clients to achieve authorisation.

Our website will be updated to reflect these changes as they come to hand from the AMB. In the meantime, feel free to contact us for any assistance.

Clients we have assisted

We have worked with over 25 organisations over a number of years in varying ways to reach submission stage, and achieve their AEO status. Some of those include:




Compliance Council assisted UGL achieve AEO status in 2015 as part of their requirements when tendering for the New Intercity Fleet Maintenance Facility. Compliance Council worked extensively with UGL management including assisting submissions to the ASA, record validation and subsequent accreditation to UGL as an AEO. 




Compliance Council assisted WestonWilliamson+Partners complete the required Self-Assessment Checklist, Scope Assessment Form and Engineering Services matrix in preparation for a successful 2A submission. 

WW+P are now an AEO.



Willow Inc (formerly Ridley)

Compliance Council assisted Willow complete the required Self-Assessment Checklist, Scope Assessment Form and Engineering Services matrix in preparation for a successful 2A submission, as well as develop further documentation in order to comply to ASA / AEO requirements. 

Willow are now an AEO.



Seymour Whyte

Compliance Council assisted Seymour Whyte with their entire AEO application, from initial gap analysis and completion of the Self Assessment Checklist, development of documentation to comply to AEO framework and through to successful award of AEO status by the ASA.


Other notable clients we have assisted are:

Martinus Rail

Lynton Surveys



We are currently assisting a further 20+ clients currently with their 'Preliminary Review' and 'Assessment' to the ASA. Compliance Council is the only consulting firm in New South Wales with a track record of working with some of the largest organisations in the country to help achieve AEO status. 

If you would like to have a discussion regarding the AEO process, time frames, budgets and resource expectations, please populate form at the bottom of the page and our General Manager will be in touch.

What is the process for becoming an AEO?

Transport of NSW’s Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) program happens to be a lucrative opportunity for all kinds of engineering organisations. It provides them with a constant contract that is fulfilled until their need is fulfilled in the lifecycle of TfNSW’s requirements. Moreover, it is a method of integrating with the public sector and many other engineering organisations in a homogeneous environment that can help build contacts. Furthermore, being an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) for the state of NSW means that you get to service the public without having to be hired specifically through the normal hiring process. One single contract helps you provide public service for a lengthy period of time. In a way, it happens to be free publicity for the services an engineering organisation provides.
However, becoming a part of The Transport of NSW (TfNSW) AEO is not a walk in the park. TfNSW has employed a thorough and rigorous screening process that they use to assess an engineering organisation and the merits it offers. All organisations have to go through that specific screening process before they are selected for the AEO Framework. Simply, the organisation looking to become a part of the AEO needs to market itself in such a way, that the committee representing TfNSW becomes aware of their merits and selects them. In conclusion, it is entirely up to the company if they are selected or not since the selection process involves judging what they offer with consideration to what is required. As such, engineering organisations need to meet a certain set of requirements to be included in the AEO framework.

The Authorisation Process

The Authorisaton Process, as mentioned above, happens to be quite thorough and extensive. To make it more efficient and easier to handle, the TfNSW has divided it into three different parts, each serving its own role in the selection process. The stages of the authorisation process for TfNSW AEO happen to be:

The Initial Contact

The initial contact stage is basically a meeting between the Assets Strategy Authority (ASA) and the engineering organisation. The ASA is a committee formed by TfNSW that checks the viability of an “asset” and what is has to offer. The asset happens to be a representative word used for the companies that apply to be a part of the AEO Framework. The meeting includes the ASA checking what the respective company has to offer and inform them about the requirements of the AEO as well. Once both parties have come to an understanding, they can move forward. The final part of the Initial Contact stage is both parties discussing and confirming how to move on to the next stage, which happens to be the preparation stage for authorisation.

The Preparation

The main part of the authorisation for preparation stage happens to be the scope of the authorisation. The ASA informs the engineering organisation about all the limitations and the boundaries of the AEO and aims to bring the organisation on the same page concerning the authorisation. Furthermore, the organisation is made aware of everything it needs to present during the actual assessment. A list of all the evidences required is made up and a note is given to the organisation that requests them to present all the mentioned evidence in the final stage of the authorisation process, the assessment and audit stage. Without the evidences asked for, the companies will be rejected immediately in the last stage.

The Assessment and Audit

At this stage, the engineering organisation will face a thorough assessment of its services and the technologies and tools it uses to work. The initial authorisation is based upon what the company offers, and how it can show its usefulness and strengths to the TfNSW. Hence, the organisation needs to prepare a thorough sales pitch in order to convince the ASA that they happen to be ones for the job. Furthermore, the prospective AEO's will need to justify their claims and their figures with actual evidence that they had been told to bring for this stage. Risk assessments will need to be provided, once again with the support of documented evidence. The engineering organisation needs to show how capable it is when it comes to dealing with risk in their specific level of authorisation. In the end, it’s all about increasing the ASA’s confidence in you.
Beyond risk assessments and details about services, the organisation needs to provide a thorough briefing on the systems and tools they employ. Once more, with evidence. The systems and tools need to be related to all the different departments and services the organisations hosts and offers. Essentially, the information should concern:
  • Systems Engineering
  • Quality Management
  • Competency in Managing Engineering Resources
  • Configuration Management
  • Engineering Management

After authorisation, the organisation will need to undergo and participate in regular surveillance audits in order to show their work. The audits are part of the AEO Framework requirements and checks how all the companies in it are performing. This helps the AEO engineering management go about everything in a smooth manner while also maturing with their work.

Applying for AEO

Since AEO presents such a fantastic opportunity for engineering organisations, you can expect the application boxes to be full. Hence, you need to show the ASA how your company is better for the job than the rest. To show that, you need to prepare well for each and every stage of the process. To help you find out about what you need at every single step, you need some help from an AEO Authorisation Consultant like Compliance Council. We will readily be able to inform you about the strengths of your organisation as an asset for the TfNSW and how you need to market it and push it for them to notice. With the help of an AEO Authorisation Consultant, your job becomes easier and you get to focus on the things that will matter, increasing your chances.


The Authorised Engineering Organisations (AEOs) was designed to manage the competence of engineering staffs internally and to also manage the assurance of their engineering services concerning the asset lifecycle of NSW Transport Assets on behalf of TfNSW.
ASA requirements for Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEOs) represent statements of expected activities to be in place in accordance with the expected relevant industry practice as appropriate to the scope of authorisation. Its requirements are grouped into 11 engineering management capabilities as follows:
  1. Engineering management process and planning
  2. Requirements management
  3. Service or solution engineering
  4. Assurance, verification, and validation
  5. Configuration Management
  6. Competency Management
  7. Stakeholder Management
  8. Resources Management
  9. Supplier Management
  10. Performance Measurement and Evaluation
  11. Continual Improvement Management
Adherence to these requirements is examined during the authorisation assessment.
Let us highlight each capability to have a full knowledge of each one of them with their possible evidence.


It demonstrates engineering management activities for the systematic execution of those activities that need to be performed to the delivery of services within the sphere of authorisation is compliant with relevant standards whilst satisfying TfNSW needs. The requirement evidence states that Authorised Engineering Organisations (AEOs) shall have perfect plans which demonstrate how they consistently carry out their services in the absence of relevant processes.


This requirement shows engineering management activities, revealing, and also analysing and allocating service or solution requirements as well as managing traceability and fulfilment of those requirements through the service delivery cycle. Some of its requirements evidence include:
  • Requirements management plan
  • Requirements database
  • Stakeholder engagement plan
  • Stakeholder register
  • Stakeholder engagement meeting records
  • Stakeholder needs statement


It demonstrates engineering management activities and arrangements that support the application of the relevant engineering principles and practices in developing engineering products, services or solutions as appropriate to the scope of authorisation. Broken down into the following management:
  • Interface management
  • Integration Management System
  • System Architecture
  • Sustainability in Design
  • Ram Management
  • Human Factors Integration
  • Electro Magnetic Compatibility
Its requirements evidence includes:
  • Interface management plan or process (system) or section in an overall system engineering management plan or engineering management plan
  • Systems integration plan
  • Proof of deployments such as sustainability integration plans, sustainability workshops, or completion of a sustainability tool such as NSW Sustainable Design Guidelines published by TfNSW.


It shows Engineering Management activities and arrangements that support the delivery of the quality engineering product, system or service by providing confidence that relevant processes were followed, requirements are met, and the Final product or service meets its intended purpose. Verification and validation management arrangements should typically be supported by the following evidence/facts:
  • Organisation level verification and validation arrangements
  • Project-level verification and validation arrangements
  • Verification and validation plans
  • Verification and validation processes and procedures


Next on the list is the Configuration Management, demonstrating the Engineering Management activities and that ensure the integrity of network product or service being delivered and that all changes to assets over the system life cycle are managed across a defined set of baselines, including all related information and records. With documentary evidence that falls broadly into the following:
  • A cohesive documented system
  • Configuration items that are known and recorded
  • Changes to configuration items that are appropriately controlled


This is a type of requirement that demonstrates Engineering Management activities and arrangements that ensure that only engineering staff with the appropriate Know-how, skills are engaged to execute activities defined for a specific job.
An Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) should be able to show its ability for knowledge capture, storage, and redeployment that is due for the organisational scope of authorisation and business model.
With Evidence of the following:
  • Planning to identify, obtain, retain and deploy knowledge, skills and knowledge assets
  • Arrangements to qualify and control it
  • Proof of the knowledge sharing to have been executed within the spheres of the organisation and with the ASA.


As the name implies that the Engineering Management activities and arrangements to establish and to also maintain the stakeholder’s involvement in the work within the scope of authorisation.
With typical evidence that could be:
  • Various organisational processes
  • Plans that goes in line with stakeholder management
  • Records of relevant activities such as minutes of meetings


A type of requirement that demonstrates arrangements that ensure that all tangible and non-tangible resources are in place (which will later be used to support the engineering service provision within the scope of authorisation).
Possible evidence for the type of requirement would include the following:
  • Engineering intranet home page with links to standards
  • Links to TfNSW and ASA standards
  • Standards change briefing notes or emails


This type of requirement demonstrates arrangements that allow management of acquisitions from both internal and external suppliers as necessary for the scope of permitted services.
Evidence of process execution that covers the scope of authorisation (disciplines and lifecycle phases) as suitable are important, therefore are required.


A type of Engineering Management that shows an arrangement supporting the consistent, repeatable service and/or product delivery by providing objective quantitative information on the organisational processes performance and quality of the particular product or services.
Evidence of this means that Authorised Engineering Organisations (AEOs) are expected to demonstrate the following:
  • The relevance of the selected performance framework to business objectives
  • The rationale behind the adopted measurement baselines
  • Measurement models and methods being used


It ensures sustainable and growing organisational efficiency and effectiveness by the deployment of measurable improvements.
Evidence that includes the following:
  • Systematic identification
  • Objective evaluation of business needs and best industry practices
  • Prioritisation using established criteria or process as suitable
When these requirements are met, then one is then allowed to provide engineering services in relation to the asset lifecycle of NSW Transport Assets on behalf of TfNSW.


"Architectus engaged Compliance Council to assist with conducting a review of two active projects against the AEO criteria in preparation for a surveillance audit with the Asset Standards Authority. We found Compliance Council's assistance to be invaluable in this process and I would recommend them to organisations looking for assistance with AEO."


Diana Nankany – Group Compliance Manager, Architectus Australia



"Rhomberg Rail engaged the team at Compliance Council in 2018 to assist with our AEO endeavours. Compliance Council developed a specific set of management system documentation to be deployed on AEO projects whilst interfacing with our existing rail infrastructure documentation requirements. The team at Compliance Council also provided advice and guidance throughout the submission process. 

Compliance Council have now become an integral partner of Rhomberg Rail, assisting us in more recent times with our Chain of Responsibility requirements. 

We would recommend the services of Matt, Phil and the team at Compliance Council to any organisation seeking AEO or CoR compliance."


Scott Richardson – General Manager, Rail Operations, Rhomberg Rail Australia Pty Ltd



Frequently Asked Questions

What industries does AEO apply to?

Organisations are required to be AEO accredited  if they want to work for NSW Transport, Infrastructure and Rail Projects.

Compliance Council Pty Ltd have been at the forefront of consulting to the requirements of Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) process since 2014.

In this time, we have assisted over 25 organisations achieve AEO status, and in more recent times, we have onboarded a further 15 organisations who are commencing their AEO journey, with another 20 waiting for assessment from the ASA.


What can achieving AEO accreditation do for my business?

It’ll allow you to apply for tender for relevant NSW Transport infrastructure projects. And as with any good management system, if implemented and used effectively, it’ll help improve business efficiency and ultimately profitability.

What is AEO Accreditation and which industry body does it?

The Authorised Engineering Organisation Framework is a hierarchical set of documented system components that provide TfNSW with a justified confidence in the capability of the supply chain to deliver safe and fit-for-purpose assets delivered by capable and competent organisations.

The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) is committed to an open, transparent and collaborative relationships with industry. The ASA provides collaborative, supportive frameworks within which Authorised Engineering Organisations (AEOs) can deliver safe, effective and efficient projects. 




How long does it take to be an AEO?

The initial activities to be ready for the 'Preliminary Review' takes 10-14 weeks (client preparedness plays a major role here). The actual accreditation process which is governed by ASA is 6-12 months.

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.

In addition, for AEO, unlike ISO certification, there is no ongoing cost from the governing body.

Is the initial consultation obligation free?
The initial screening and consultation meeting is complimentary. This allows us to get an understanding of how your business works and what stage of the accreditation journey it is at; and this helps us to provide you an accurate proposal.

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