Summary | Desk audit | Site review

Summary

Applications from all organisations that manage, operate and maintain assets are welcome. However, please note that:

Applicants create a submission which becomes the centrepiece of the assessment process.

Applicants pay a fee of either $1,000 (or $2,000 for non-Roundtable members) for a Desk Audit of the submission, or a total fee of $5,000 (or $8,000 for non-Roundtable members) for the full peer review process.

Desk Audit

Applicants create a submission which is the basis of the assessment. Initially the submission is subjected to a Desk Audit by an experienced reliability professional who is familiar with the AMEA process. The aim of the Desk Audit is to determine whether the submission is likely to result in an Award of, at least, Achiever level. If the auditor believes that:

  1. it may qualify, then the applicant will be asked if they wish to progress on to a full peer review process. In this case an assessment team will be formed and the Submission will be passed to it.
  2. it will clearly not qualify, then feedback will be given in bullet point form, indicating how the Submission could be improved.

Some reasons the Submission may not qualify:

If a Submission does not pass on to a peer evaluation team, then the applicant can amend and resubmit the application —but only up to the end of September.

AMEA timeline

Note that this (special) Desk Audit is designed to help where a submitter has misunderstood how to draft a Submission, or where practices are at an early stage of development. Feedback will be brief and it should not be relied on as a way of enhancing a complying submission. If the desk auditor finds that the Submission is likely to qualify, then the recommendation will be to proceed and the Submission will pass on to the peer evaluation team without modification or review.

Site review

The role of the peer evaluation team is to confirm that the Submission is an accurate reflection of practices and to apply an evaluation process that defines the Award level.

Prior to the site visit, each member of the evaluation team initially reviews the Submission. The team then reviews the Submission together as a team, and creates a list of supplemental questions. These questions are made available to the applicant well before the site visit.

The evaluation team leader communicates with the site representative to create an agenda for the day which will allow the site to present its strongest case and respond to questions from the team.

The evaluation team then travels to the site for site review. In all cases so far, the site review has been completed in one day.

If the site is within reasonable driving distance for all members of the team. then there are unlikely to be any travel or accommodation costs. If this is not possible, then the applicant's representative will be responsible for booking travel and accommodation.

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