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Careers at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has embarked on its largest recruitment campaign since becoming an independent statutory authority in July 2009. While our primary purpose - to improve transport safety – remains extant, the way in which we operate is evolving.

Working as “one team”, we have created an operational environment where our greatest resource – our people – will more effectively bring to bear their collective wealth of core skills and attributes to improve transport safety across the aviation, rail and marine transport sectors.

In addition to conducting independent accident and serious incident investigations, Transport Safety Investigators will also contribute to our renewed focus on data collection, analysis and research, and will raise industry and communities safety awareness through safety education.

Hear more about the role of a Transport Safety Investigator from our Chief Commissioner.


Transport Safety Investigators

The role of a Transport Safety Investigator (TSI) is multifaceted and therefore more encompassing than just attending accident sites. While having a credible level of specialist knowledge based on appropriate qualifications and relevant industry experience is highly desirable, TSIs must be able to demonstrate:

  • personnel management and leadership skills capable of leading a team of like-minded professionals
  • analytical and written skills capable of producing a final published transport safety investigation report
  • project management skills capable of achieving a defined outcome, with agreed resources within a prescribed time period
  • communication and stakeholder management skills capable of professionally representing the ATSB’s interests with a range of government and private sector organisations and the general public
  • ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively and recognise/respect the work preferences and different views of others
  • ability to apply industry knowledge and experience impartially
  • knowledge of relevant legislation and supporting regulations
  • an ongoing commitment to self-development and the maintenance of industry awareness.

In recognising the diverse range of skills required to be an effective transport safety investigator, the ATSB provides accredited training towards the nationally recognised Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation.

To gain a greater overall perspective of what the role entails, you may wish to review the content on our YouTube channel.

Our selection process

Securing a coveted Transport Safety Investigator position is a highly competitive process. Shortlisted candidates will attend an assessment centre where they will undertake a range of selection activities. These activities include individual work-based scenarios (designed to draw out analytical and written skills) and group based scenarios (designed to draw out verbal communication, interpersonal and collaboration skills). In addition, candidates will undergo psychometric/personality testing.

How to apply

All applications must be lodged through the following electronic recruitment portal.

Click here to apply for Transport Safety Investigator jobs

After registering your details you are required to submit a 2-3 page (maximum) statement of claims and upload a current Curriculum Vitae.  

It is important that your statement of claims clearly demonstrates your capability and capacity to take on the role in terms of the ‘musts’ including analytical, written, interpersonal, representational skills etc.

We are also interested in why you want to work at the ATSB.

Finally, don’t forget to incorporate/highlight your specialist qualifications and experience.

To be eligible for ongoing employment, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Only direct applications from individuals will be accepted. The ATSB will not accept applications from third parties.

Should you require further assistance in terms of submitting your application, please contact our Recruitment Officer on 02 6274 6687 or via email to: recruitment@atsb.gov.au

Current position vacant

Title:Transport Safety Investigators (multiple positions)
Classification:APS6 – EL2
Position number:2017/13
Salary:$87,527 - $133,274*
Branch:Transport Safety
Location:Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, and potentially Sydney and Melbourne
Security clearance:Baseline
Close date:27 August 2017
Contact officer:Recruitment Officer on (02) 6274 6687

About the position

The ATSB is looking for intelligent, motivated, agile and resilient people from a variety of backgrounds, academic disciplines and industry sectors who want to make a difference by shaping Australia’s transport safety framework and work together within a teams based environment to reduce the risk of future accidents and incidents across marine, rail and aviation modes of transport.

*the starting salary rate will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on their ability to perform relevant work level standards. Transport Safety Investigators also receive an on-call allowance of $9,985 when appropriately qualified.

Click here to apply for Transport Safety Investigator jobs

Application kit: (including position description and selection criteria)

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Last update 02 August 2017