AMSA may conduct an audit of a VTS authority at any time to ensure that the authority continues to comply with the conditions of its authorisation.
Typically, an interim audit is undertaken about half way through the five year term of authorisation.
We will notify the VTS authority that an interim audit is to be undertaken. A date for the audit will be agreed between both parties.
An estimation of costs for services associated with processing an application and conducting the compliance audit will be provided to the VTS Authority. Cost recovery will be in accordance with Australian Maritime Safety Authority Fees Determination 2015.
Where new or revised IALA standards, recommendations and guidelines have come into effect since the initial appointment, we may forward relevant pre-audit compliance matrix documents to ensure the VTS Authority can met the requirements.
An on-site audit will be conducted to assess through objective evidence (e.g. provided in the form of online and hard-copy system documentation, procedures, meeting minutes, audit reports etc.) that the applicant can meet the responsibilities of a VTS authority.
A closing meeting to review the audit findings will be conducted on-site following the audit.
An audit report will be prepared. A corrective action plan may be developed to allow the entity to address any areas of minor non-conformances and observations from the audit.