Annual Reviews

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They are important than ever!

With the reissue of Marine Order 504 on 1st August 2023 and the release of Marine Order 505 earlier this year, an Annual Review of your SMS is not only necessary but critical!

All Safety Management Systems including those developed for Domestic Commercial Vessels (DCV) under Marine Order 504 and the ones developed for workplaces under Work Health and Safety are required to undergo an Annual Review or Audit to ensure compliance.

Failure to complete your Annual Review or Audit leaves you non-compliant and exposed to legal action in the event of an incident or accident.

The reissue of Marine Order 504 on 1st August 2023…

DOES require several changes to your current SMS including your Risk Register and Procedures – so why not complete your Annual Review at the same time as updating your SMS?

However, don’t wait for your Annual Review to update your SMS – as the changes are required to your SMS immediately!

Your SMS is NOT compliant if the changes to Marine Order 504 are NOT updated!

We envisage that AMSA will increase their inspections of your Safety Management System and Operations in the near future given the necessary changes that they have issued ensuring all vessels are compliant.

It has never been more important to ensure your SMS complies with Marine Orders 504 and 505 and the NSCV.

On a separate note, if you are currently a client of our Managed Services – we will be automatically updating your SMS and be in touch in due course.  If you are interested in becoming a Managed Services client, please contact our office.

Shorlink’s Recommendation

Our best recommendation is to get out your SMS today and take a look at it thoroughly! Don’t Wait!

Contact us if you would like us to undertake the review and/or make changes to your current SMS to ensure you are compliant!


Our top tip is to ensure your safety management systems comply with the relevant standards and are up to date to ensure you’re protected as both AMSA and WorkSafe are going to be very active this year.

Also, help a mate in the industry! If you know of a fellow mariner and/or business owner, let them also know of the critical nature of Annual Reviews and the recent changes as we are also happy to discuss with them and offer free assessments of their current SMS.

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