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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is Australia's prime air safety investigation agency. It conducts independent investigations of civil aviation accidents, incidents and safety deficiencies.

The former Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) no longer exists.

The ATSB was formed almost two years ago as a multi-modal safety bureau and incorporated the functions of the former BASI. Part of its mission is to maintain and improve transport safety and public confidence through excellence in open and 'independent' no-blame systemic transport accident, incident and deficiency investigation.

The ATSB has statutory powers for aviation and marine investigation independent of parties that may be the subject of a safety investigation such as operators, manufacturers, service providers and regulators.

The ATSB's other safety roles include statistical analysis and research, coordination of the national road safety strategy and responsibility for the Black Spot Road Safety Program and Vehicle Recall Unit.


24-hour Information Hotline: 1800 020 616
Aviation Accident Notification Hotline: 1800 011 034

Media contact: 1800 020 616
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Last update 29 January 2014