Functions of the ASA
The core responsibilities of the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) are supported by nine key functions:
- Network standards
- Authorisation of engineering organisations
- Asset planning
- Configuration control
- Asset stewardship
- Asset performance and reporting
- Safety and quality assurance
- Technical capability
Network engineering standards govern the way transport assets are designed, built, maintained and operated with safety and integrity over the whole life of the asset.
The ASA has responsibilities for the network engineering standards governing all NSW transport assets, including development, maintenance and publication, and is also responsible for the application of the concessions process.
The ASA is responsible for assessing and authorising organisations to become Authorised Engineering Organisations (AEOs), as well as the associated surveillance audit functions once AEO authorisation has been granted.
This process allows AEOs to provide engineering services within a defined scope linked to the stages of the asset life cycle including design, build, commissioning, maintaining, operation and decommissioning.
All assets require maintenance to ensure long term integrity and safety. The ASA will contribute to the high level planning for NSW transport assets through the asset life cycle by providing an asset planning framework.
All assets on the NSW transport network are configured in a specific way and to particular specifications. Maintaining the knowledge of the configuration of the system is essential for good asset management.
The ASA is responsible for developing a framework and processes to ensure that any configuration changes are recorded and subject to approval.
For more information, go to the Configuration control page .
The ASA ensures that the overall requirements for configuration information are recorded and circulated appropriately. This ensures that the ASA performs its asset stewardship role while allowing others access to this information.
The ASA has responsibilities relating to the audit of NSW transport assets and AEOs to ensure safety, performance and reliability.
Reporting on the performance of assets through their life cycle is an important function. The ASA will set the requirements for operator and maintainer AEOs to report on the condition and performance of assets under their control. The ASA will also use these reports in providing advice to Transport for NSW.
Effective safety management is necessary to support all engineering activities. The ASA will develop a process for AEOs to ensure that safety is integrated into all their activities. The ASA will contribute to the integration of safety into standards as well as participate in the development of documentation and provide advice to Transport for NSW.
The role of the ASA is to collaborate with industry to improve the engineering capacity of organisations to deliver engineering services that meet the needs of Transport for NSW. This includes working with organisations looking to become authorised as AEOs and providing guidance on competency systems, as well as working with industry to develop a framework to collaborate and share knowledge. The ASA will also work with industry to determine future trends in transport and the corresponding capabilities required.