Safety Management Systems (Maritime)

This course is designed for people who are either currently managing maritime safety management systems, are preparing to move into such a role or have regulatory oversight of maritime systems. This could include safety managers, DPA, seafarers looking to move into shore-based positions, or representatives of port authorities, pilotage or towage organisations. The course is also suitable for students looking to develop a career in land-side maritime safety management.

Scheduled Dates

Additional courses can be arranged at AMC or onsite, please contact:

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Course Registration

Acknowledgement of registration will be provided by return email. Confirmation of registration is provided upon payment of the course fees, and subject to AMCS Registration Terms.


The course is currently in development to offer online in 2018. Please contact

Course Fee

By quotation only

Course Fee Include

  • Course notes and writing materials
  • Catered morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch at the AMC Cafeteria
  • Complimentary WIFI access*

*participants will need to provide their own laptop for use throughout the course

AMCS Registration Terms

To secure your enrolment, payment of 50% of the course fee is required.  Cancellations up to 15 working days prior to the scheduled date will be accepted without penalty.  Cancellations less than 15 working days will be subject to 100% cancellation fee.

AMCS reserves the right to cancel the course if insufficient registrations have been received by seven days from commencement of course.  Any fees paid for cancelled courses will be refunded in full.

When making flight bookings please ensure you book on a fully refundable basis.

Course Aim

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to significantly improve the management a maritime safety system.  The course will use a blended learning approach – with both online and face-to-face content. The focus of the 3 days will be to develop relevant skills to measure, manage and change safety systems.

The course content includes:

  • Principles of management systems and safety culture
  • Safety change management
  • Risk Assessment Planning (anticipatory thinking); dynamic risk assessment, behavioural assessment)
  • Measurement of safety management systems using lead and lag indicators, risk profiling from incident and injury data.
  • Setting stretch goals
  • Building, managing and modifying safety cultures
  • Assessing policy implications of cultural change.

Skills that will be developed:

  • The application and analysis of Safety culture surveys.
  • Tools for observation of normal work environments
  • The assessment of positive performance and lag indicators
  • Tools for the development and assessment of policy changes
  • Debriefing after exercises or simulations for learning lessons
  • Dynamic Risk Assessment, pre-mortems
  • Application of change management frameworks to safety contexts


Dr Ben Brooks is a Human Factors researcher at the Australian Maritime College.  Ben wrote his PhD on the development of safety culture in small commercial ships, he has been a safety manager in a large high risk organisation. He spends most of his time designing and developing training systems, technology, policies, and procedures to improve safety management systems in ports, shipping companies, emergency management agencies and land-based industries.

What to Bring

Participants will need to provide their own laptop for use throughout the course.  AMC will provide free WIFI.

Delivery Strategy

The course will be delivered by classroom theory sessions and pre-course work via the University of Tasmania of Tasmania e-learning platform MyLO.

Location Information

The course is conducted at the Australian Maritime College, Newnham Campus in Launceston Tasmania

Participants arriving at Launceston Airport should make their way to the Australian Maritime College, Newnham Drive, Newnham.  Taxi fare from the airport is approximately $55.00.

Parking:  Complimentary car parking is provided on campus in areas designated to AMCS participants and clients.

Accommodation Options

On-campus accommodation can be reserved via the online enrolment form. Further information is provided here, together with off-campus options.

Payment Options

To secure a course registration, payment of the course fee are required (or at minimum of 50% deposit).  Payment methods accepted:

  • Credit Card (online or via (03) 6324-9850)
  • Bank Deposit
  • Cheque/Money Order
  • Company Invoice (approved companies only)

Detailed payment options will be made available after registration is submitted.